Friday, 19 February 2010
trashy giallo: FRENCH SEX MURDERS
Shoot me, but "French Sex Murders" is one of my favourite European genre films.
Sure, acting is terrible, story - inane. But atmosphere conjured up by director Merighi is fantastic. And "Howard Vernon factor" cannot be overlooked, either. I really wish I could re-watch this film before writing, but I haven't a copy at hand.Seriously, there aren't many other "bad" films that I had such fun with. My memories of "French Sex Murders" are a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of colourful imagery, absurd situations and hilariously overacting characters.
Pacing is not perfect, but I never really get tired of "French Sex Murders" the way I do, from, say "Death Carries a Cane" or "Solamente Nero". I haven't had the opportunity to watch any other of his other films, but just by directing "French Sex Murders" Ferdinando Merighi will always have a place in my heart. Same goes for those amazing guys at "Mondo Macabro" who had released "French Sex Murders" in a colourful anamorphic transfer.There are some lovely, lovely shots there. It's time to admit that I do judge genre films primarily by cinematography. Despite "French Sex Murders" obviously being a quickie project for all involved there's still some care on display. Some good tracking shots, plus night scenes actually shot at night, plus some cheesy and plentiful gore plus music that echoes the score for Jess Franco's "Eugenie De Sade".
"French Sex Murders" is one film I'm looking forward to acquiring on Bluray.
CASA D'APPUNTAMENTO (Italy, 1972)
Directed by Ferdinando Merighi
Written by Ferdinando Merighi, Marius Mattei, Dick Randall, Paolo Daniele
Starring: Robert Sacchi, Rosalba Neri, Howard Vernon.