|Murder Obsession (1981)|
|Writers:||Antonio Cesare Corti, Antonio Cesare Corti, Riccardo Freda, Simon Mizrahi and Fabio Piccioni|
|Starring:||Stefano Patrizi, Martine Brochard, Laura Gemser and Henri Garcin|
|The Plot: Our film opens on the set of a movie where we watch as a lovely young woman (played by Laura Gemser) is nearly killed by her castmate Michael (Stefano Patrizi ). The scene was supposed to call for Michael to sneak up on her and pretend to strangle the young woman, but things go awry when Michael has to be pulled off by the crew in order to rescue the girl. Michael, the son of a now-deceased maestro, then decides to head off with his girlfriend Deborah so that the two can visit his still-living mother who resides in his family’s mansion. While visiting his mother, who may have an incestuous fascination with her son, Michael intends to have a good time with all of his cast and crew who are also supposed to come and visit for this weekend. However, once everyone arrives, we start to discover a bit more about Michael’s sordid past. Apparently his father was murdered and it seems Michael may have been the one responsible. Could these past sins from Michael’s childhood come back to haunt him in a typically violent fashion? Tune in to find out!|
Overall, you have to ask yourself: “is this a great film?” and the answer has to be “no.” I don’t think any film this silly or featuring such hokey special effects can truly be considered great in a non-ironic way. However, what Murder Obsession has going for it is a high level of enthusiasm and creativity. Brilliantly shot and featuring enough creative twists and turns to keep the audience hooked to the story, this is a giallo that acts outside of the norm, and it certainly gets away with it. It doesn’t hurt that it features a great cast and some very-acceptable violence! As far as the actors go, all are universally strong in their roles. Leading man Stefano Patrizi might be a bit miscast as the leading man, but even he is typically decent. It wouldn’t have hurt the movie if Gemser had a stronger role, but that is just the fanboy inside of me speaking. Continuing on with the fanboy talk, the violence certainly deserves more than a passing glance. Although this one doesn’t become a complete gorefest, it most assuredly features some nasty stuff. There is even a bit that features the most dreaded horror-movie weapon of all time: the chainsaw! Whenever the chainsaw shows up in a horror movie, all pretensions cease to exist. At that point we enter into pure exploitation, and Murder Obsession revels in it.