In The Folds Of Flesh / Nelle pieghe della carne (1970)

2.0 out of 5

Directed by Sergio Bergonzelli In The Folds Of Flesh is pretty sleazy. The film is slightly Gothic and Freudian giallo-esque melodrama exploring the impact of childhood experience upon adulthood.

Based on an original idea by Mario Caiano of Calling All Policecars fame In The Folds Of Flesh explores the dubious themes of incest, Oedipus complex, beheading, rape, some Nazisploitation flashbacks, animal killing (staged) and the use of an acid bath similar to that in Buio Omega.

Starring Eleonora Rossi Drago fresh from a minor role in Massimo Dallamano's excellent Dorian Gray the film sees the best lines go to an escaped convict while the lead characters ham it up with the material available to them. It has to be pointed out though that much of the dialogue and story are convoluted to the edge of credibility with all the twists and turns of a bad soap opera that explores the relationship between members of a homicidal family as their world gets turned upside down. Characters and revelations get introduced seemingly at random moments to perk things up.

It is a pity that Eurocrime star Luciano Catenacci is under utilised but nevertheless the film itself is all trashy good fun.

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