French Sex Murders (Casa d'appuntamento) (1972)
A lesser-known but memorably bizarre giallo thriller from Italian filmmaker Ferdinando Merighi, directing here under the pseudonym of "Fred Lyon Morris," this unusual shocker has a petty thief named Antoine falsely sentenced to death for the murder of a high-class prostitute (Barbara Bouchet) at a brothel run by Madame Colette (Anita Ekberg). The first of the film's risible plot machinations has the wrongfully condemned Antoine putting a curse on his accusers, escaping as he is about to be guillotined, and then being decapitated anyway after leading authorities on a motorcycle chase. One of the judge's friends is a doctor named Waldemar (Howard Vernon) who does experiments on the deceased non-killer's eyeballs; when the judge is murdered, everyone is sure that Antoine is getting revenge from beyond the grave. It certainly seems coincidental that everyone who is being murdered was at Madame Colette's brothel on the night Antoine was arrested, but the real killer was there too, and gorily claims several more victims before being chased up the Eiffel Tower in the film's mind-boggling conclusion. … More
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