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John Ireland and Faith Domergue co-star in this gripping giallo - also known as ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER - that features eye-popping nudity, provocative locations (including the gas chamber at San Quentin) and a badass jazz score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE, KILL BILL). Severin Films is proud to present PERVERSION STORY in a startling new transfer from the original vault negative thought to be lost for more than 35 years!
- Rare CD Soundtrack With Music By Riz Ortolani
- Theatrical Trailer
"AN EXQUISITELY CRAFTED THRILLER...Guaranteed To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat!" --The Spinning Image
- Theatrical Trailer
- Lucio Fulci Bio
- Rare bonus CD featuring music by Riz Ortolani
Top Customer Reviews
It's about a doctor named George DeMurrier, whose wife Susan suffers from asthma. Going on a "business trip" George leaves his wife in the company of a nurse...When he returns, Susan is dead and she has left him a $1 million dollar insurance policy that he had no idea about. As he comes to the realization that his wife is actually dead, he ends up at a stripclub (called the Roaring Twenties, how is that for cheesy?) where he sees a woman that looks exactly like her. Well, almost. This woman just has a different hair and eye color, but the resemblance is incredible. Intrigued, George begins having an affair with the woman, Monica, while the police begin investigating George into whether he had a little more to do with his wife's death than he lets on.
Despite it's shabby look and provocative title "Perversion Story" is actually a pretty tame and entertaining movie. The movie isn't rated, but it would be an 'R' for "Some Nudity." It's title is really just a ploy to get people to rent the movie (and let's face it, it works). It's not the best film ever made, but if you can look past the cheesy-ness of it, it's not bad.
There is some debate as to what a giallo is; but all a giallo has to be is a thriller , or a mystery film , it doesn't need black gloved killers or even one killing on screen. Those are the most popular but they really exploded onto the world in 1970 onward a year after this movie was made. The term is related to film noir directly and that's what this movie is in substance. So this is a giallo or thriller about a set up murder plot. And the films perfect jazz score adds alot of class to the precedings.
Fulci frames each scene with the hand of a master cinetographer and the performances are top notch. This is a great B movie but it is no means a gory film that would predominate giallo thrillers in the 1970's in Italy. It has a good story and the nudity and title suggest a lurid flick but in fact it is similiar to many American film noir movies from the 1940's onward. Only there is some nudity and love scenes, these type of scenes would be scene frequently in American movies during the 1970's so this predates them as well. Severin films does everything right with this film , they remastered it and it looks awesome. Other companies need to learn from Severin on how to release a older movie with style and a excellent print. Too many old movies are put out in a shabby print that is almost unwatchable. I guage b movies on their own scale and this one is at the top of that scale for it's time period of the late sixties. So if you want a well made thriller with limited violence but a engaging murder plot then you will enjoy this flick from the late great director Lucio Fulci. However if you want a wilder ride then grab Fulci's giallo classic 'lizard in a woman's skin" . It was made a few years later and it shows how much cinema had opened up by then.
The good: Alejandro Ulloa's superb cinematography provides an effective showcase for San Francisco circa 1968. Location work in New York and Paris grants the film a richer appearance than it's budget likely warrants. Riz Ortolani's score (included here on a separate CD) is terrific, with a swinging title theme and a poignant love theme that linger in the mind. Marisa Mell gives a witty performance as both the uptight Susan Dumurrier and the swinging Monica Weston. Elsa Martinelli as Jane looks fantastic--those eyes!--and dresses beautifully.
The not-so-good: Though effectively constructed to keep the audience guessing until the end--the last twenty minutes are particularly suspenseful--the plot makes little sense. (Warning: spoilers ahead!) When George, at an impromptu dinner date with his girlfriend, is summoned by an anonymous phone call to his first encounter with Monica, Jane asks him how the caller knew where he was, a question that's never answered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I dont know why so many like this film, I only watched it because Lucio Fulci was written on the cover. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by D E S T R O Y E R 2037
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PERVERSION STORY will be a surprise to horror fans of Lucio Fulci who go in unprepared. Read more
A Classic early 70's "Who Done It" from Europe. The ending was a suprise. I'm sure the film was originally done in either Italian or Spanish. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by Frank L. Gould
Let me begin by saying that Lucio Fulci directed some awesome Italian gialli including "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin" and "Don't Torture a Duckling. Read morePublished on May 13, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos
Cinéphile amateur,je me souviens avoir vu Perversion story,il y a une trentaine d'années. Read morePublished on April 6, 2008 by Amazon Customer
good Fulci, with the indescribable Marisa Mell. Pop art, psychedelia, kinky. giallo, anyone? And it looks great, for once. This one's from Lawrence, not Deborah.Published on May 10, 2007 by Deborah L. Erenberg
well so now we can watch this very good thriller that i saw long time ago in video so it is very good to watch it again and surprise!!!!! Read morePublished on April 3, 2007 by Marc Bouhana
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