Giallo In Venice / Giallo a Venezia (1979)

4.0 out of 5

There are many stylish gialli out there with stylized set piece killings and an eye for scene composition. Giallo In Venice is the antithesis of such a film. It is grim, sleazy and grimy and strays very much into the dark depths of the genre as inhabited by New York Ripper or Sisters Of Ursula.

Fabio and Flavia are a shameless young couple in the mould of Johnny and Jessica in The Devil's Honey. They seek thrills through pushing sexual boundaries to the limit and amongst their fetishes they dabble in both exhibitionism and voyeurism. They are also dead.

Looking at their sexploits in the form of flashback it is their story and the investigation of their death that is told in Giallo In Venice. It is fascinating but nowhere near as compelling as some of the pretty twisted stuff going on here. It is pretty difficult to watch nevertheless difficult to look away as we are treated to fire immolation, a harsh amputation, genital mutilation and more. Then of course is the sex and there is a lot of sex and masturbation in this film.

The opening theme is brassy and not unlike that of Napoli Spara! and the film earns bonus exploitation points for pushing the envelope a little in the taste department.

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