Film #249: CRAZY DESIRES OF A MURDERER aka THE MORBID HABITS OF THE GOVERNESS aka I VIZI MORBOSI DI UNA GOVERNANTE
Crazy Desires of a Murderer (aka The Morbid Habits of the Governess aka I Vizi Morbosi Di Una Governante)
2 out of 5 stars
[sigh] Yep, you guessed it… another mediocre - and deservedly obscure – Italian giallo. This time, we have director Filippo Walter Ratti’s (NIGHT OF THE DAMNED, OPERATION WHITE SHARK, and the documentary MONDO EROTICO) drawing room mystery, CRAZY DESIRES OF A MURDERER from 1977. Released by Redemption Video (never a good sign), the film is a tepid who-done-it set in a castle inhabited by an old man, his daughter, her kinky friends, and a mute taxidermist. When one of the friends is killed and has her eyes cut out, suspicion becomes the order of the day and, with the introduction of a limping policeman, the game is on. Things proceed in a predictable manner with some “Post Sexual Revolution” coupling and some of the most unappealing sex scenes on record. There’s a “B” plot regarding one friend with a drug debt, but it’s mostly included to make the audience feel like there’s something important going on when there’s clearly not. The film’s actors are vintage '70s-era Italians with groovy clothes, loose morals, and a plaid jacket or two. From the finished product, it’s no wonder that this was Ratti’s last film. Redemption Video fans may enjoy this… so much of Redemption’s catalog is crap, so this may actually seem good to them by comparison. Giallo fans will be disappointed. Casual Euro-film viewers won’t be amused. Rental… if the shelves are bare at the local video store (and if you can find it), but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get my hands on this.