Plot of Fear / E tanta paura (1976)

4.0 out of 5

From the creative and genius mind of Paola Cavara, the director who gave us the unforgettable Black Belly Of The Tarantula, this final foray into the Giallo genre, Plot Of Fear, is a classic example which superbly combines both elements of Italian crime and sex/thriller film genres.

Michele Placido easily carries the film by his stunning and compelling performance as Gaspare Lomenzo, the chief inspector given the task of solving a series of brutal and shocking murders which are seemingly linked to the Hoffman Mansion where a young and beautiful prostitute "accidentally" died upon the conclusion of a "Fauna Club" party.

Also boasting fine performances from Eli Wallach and Corinne Clery and a smörgåsbord of delightfully lavish set pieces, stylish cinematography, suspenseful and wickedly gory deaths all set to the pulse pounding with a rhythmic and groovy score of composer Daniele Patucchi.

Plot Of Fear is an unforgettable combination of both Italian crime and Gialli cinema of the very finest calibre.

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