Insatiables, The / Femmine insaziabili (1969)

3.5 out of 5

A mysterious death is the cue for an investigation into corruption amongst stockholders of a corporation in this fine thriller from Alberto De Martino who also brought the world the Godfather-like Il consigliori and Eurocrime and giallo hybrid Blazing Magnum.

The interiors were shot, as would be expected, at Cinecittà but the exteriors are on location in an LA which is given an occasional retro futurist feel by some fine cinematography from Sergio D'Offizi who is credited with work on so many familiar titles including the notorious Cannibal Holocaust and Massimo Dallamano's jaw dropping whipfest Venus In Furs.

Romina Power, beautiful and once Jess Franco's Justine, plays a free spirited hippy as she does in Trumpets Of The Apocalypse. Frank Wolff should have been given far more to do, but what he did have he did well. That was to be expected.

The story, an investigation, is in part told in a series of flashbacks that accompany testimony to move the story forward and includes an extended hippy orgy scene to earn exploitation points. As with Blazing Magnum there are clear traces of the giallo but there is much else going on besides including a solid and intriguing corporate thriller. The score is by Bruno Nicolai.

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