Sunday, October 12, 2014


Helen in the shower
My exploitation film journey continues with cinematic voyages of Italy. I have immersed myself into the world of giallo film. Giallo films are Italian murder mysteries. They tend to have plenty of entertaining twists, brutal killings, and titillating Italian women. Giallo films may have started as murder mysteries but this style grew to include slasher movies as well as zombie films. Great directors like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Mario Bava are masters of this genre.

A QUIET PLACE TO KILL is a film by Umberto Lenzi.  This Italian director is a known international superstar. His work spans spaghetti westerns, war movies, and action films. Lenzi is also considered the father of the cannibal film.

The movie is about Helen a race-car driver that is recovering from a car wreck during an upcoming race’s time trials. While in the hospital she receives a letter from her ex husband Maurice asking that she visit him in Madrid. Even though Helen tried to kill Maurice three years earlier, she accepts. 

When she arrives in Madrid she discovers that her ex is remarried. His new wife is an older, attractive, but very rich woman.  Here we find that it was not the ex-husband that sent the invitation but his current wife Constance.

The story starts to pick up here. Maurice wants Helen back. Constance wants help disposing of Maurice. Helen finds herself with decisions to make. Does she take back the man that broke her financially and whom she has already tried to slay or should she team up with Constance and take the life of the playboy that has ruined their lives.

This was a fun entertaining flick. It does take awhile getting used to the outlandish fashions of 1960’s Europe.  But that is part of the fun.  Also the music is awful. Do not expect any good late 60’s music.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Carroll Baker as Helen
Jean Sorel as Maurice Sauvage
Anna Proclemer as Constance Sauvage
Marian Coffa as Susan Sauvage

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