Red Headed Corpse, The / La rossa dalla pelle che scotta (1972)

2.5 out of 5

Strange. The Red Headed Corpse manages, just about, to out-weird Jess Franco's Paroxismus which was also set in Istambul.

A perma-drunk artist, played by the late made-for-television Farley Granger, plays Geppetto to a mannequin and creates his perfect woman, who happens to resemble Erika Blanc, only for her to cheat on him, humiliate him and nag him. This would have the effect of driving many men insane, however the journey to this destination would surely not have been a long one for someone who spends three quarters of a movie bickering and making love with a shop dummy.

This is very much a film for those who appreciate the oddballness of A Quiet Place in the Country or Jess Franco film of the period and it all sort of makes sense in the end.

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