Reviews

  • Apr 28, 2018

    this is a classic giallo style

    this is a classic giallo style

  • Mar 05, 2017

    It could compete similar thrillers from the other side..

    It could compete similar thrillers from the other side..

  • Sep 04, 2014

    Disappointingly weak, even by giallo standards.

    Disappointingly weak, even by giallo standards.

  • Mar 27, 2013

    Another classic by Ercoli.

    Another classic by Ercoli.

  • Aug 27, 2012

    This film really brings all of the Giallo tropes to the forefront and makes amazing use of them, front the gorgeous Euro-babes to the sleazy killer and amazing locales, this film has it all. Luciano Ercoli is a great director and of the four films I've seen from him, none have let me down. Great film, great soundtrack, well worth a look if you have the opportunity. Recommended.

    This film really brings all of the Giallo tropes to the forefront and makes amazing use of them, front the gorgeous Euro-babes to the sleazy killer and amazing locales, this film has it all. Luciano Ercoli is a great director and of the four films I've seen from him, none have let me down. Great film, great soundtrack, well worth a look if you have the opportunity. Recommended.

  • Mar 21, 2012

    Let's hear it for lurid yet somehow classy titles.

    Let's hear it for lurid yet somehow classy titles.

  • Jun 12, 2011

    A stylish and sleazy giallo with a decent twist ending.

    A stylish and sleazy giallo with a decent twist ending.

  • Jan 04, 2011

    Solid and stylish giallo thriller. Not really among the best, but fans of the genre will find plenty to appreciate. Nice score by Ennio Morricone.

    Solid and stylish giallo thriller. Not really among the best, but fans of the genre will find plenty to appreciate. Nice score by Ennio Morricone.

  • Nov 07, 2010

    Mysterious and reclusive director Luciano Ercoli is a somewhat underrated Italian director that made a handful of quality giallo murder mysteries in the early 70's. His most memorable film is the wonderful "Death Walks at Midnight" but his first foray into the genre was the exhaustively long titled "The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" and he proves that even at the beginning of his career he had a knack for making good suspense mysteries. The plot starts with a housewife of a successful business man being cornered by a potential rapist that tells her that her husband was a murderer and that he killed a business partner that he owed money to. She later finds out that one of her husband's business partners was mysteriously killed and then she is phoned by the mysterious man who blackmails her with a recording of her husband admitting to the murder. She agrees to pay the man and even offers up her body but his blackmailing doesn't end there. With the help of her nymphomaniac friend (the beautiful Susan Scott), she has to escape the potential killer and find out the truth about her husband. Unlike other giallo specialists like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and Sergio Martino, Luciano Ercoli's style is a bit more restrained. By this I mean his films rely less on graphic violence and gore and focuses more on plot. Though his films are less violent he still has plenty of sensual nudity that may be tame by today, but back in 1970 this would have been quite shocking and controversial. His style is a bit more elegant compared to his counterparts and his films are beautiful to look at but giallo fans looking for some more extreme elements when it comes to violence and sleaze are better off looking someplace else. The cast is wonderful and the most memorable is the best friend character played by the gorgeous Susan Scott (real name Nieves Navarro). Navarro was the real life girlfriend of director Luciano Ercoli and I usually despise when directors cast their lovers in pivotal roles. However here it's great as not only is Navarro great to look at, but she's a good actress to top it off. She was so memorable in this film that Ercoli would cast her in the main role in many of his gialli to come. If I had to make a complaint it would have to be that the film does tend to drag a bit. These dull moments and for the fact that the film is more restrained compared to other films in the genre makes it not as memorable or re-watchable as such films of let's say Dario Argento. It still has a good plot and a wonderful twist at the end. Fans of Italian gialli will definitely dig this film but fans of the more extreme films that the genre has to offer will find "The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" lacking and a bit dull. It's still wonderfully made with a great cast and will make a fine addition to any DVD collector's shelf.

    Mysterious and reclusive director Luciano Ercoli is a somewhat underrated Italian director that made a handful of quality giallo murder mysteries in the early 70's. His most memorable film is the wonderful "Death Walks at Midnight" but his first foray into the genre was the exhaustively long titled "The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" and he proves that even at the beginning of his career he had a knack for making good suspense mysteries. The plot starts with a housewife of a successful business man being cornered by a potential rapist that tells her that her husband was a murderer and that he killed a business partner that he owed money to. She later finds out that one of her husband's business partners was mysteriously killed and then she is phoned by the mysterious man who blackmails her with a recording of her husband admitting to the murder. She agrees to pay the man and even offers up her body but his blackmailing doesn't end there. With the help of her nymphomaniac friend (the beautiful Susan Scott), she has to escape the potential killer and find out the truth about her husband. Unlike other giallo specialists like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and Sergio Martino, Luciano Ercoli's style is a bit more restrained. By this I mean his films rely less on graphic violence and gore and focuses more on plot. Though his films are less violent he still has plenty of sensual nudity that may be tame by today, but back in 1970 this would have been quite shocking and controversial. His style is a bit more elegant compared to his counterparts and his films are beautiful to look at but giallo fans looking for some more extreme elements when it comes to violence and sleaze are better off looking someplace else. The cast is wonderful and the most memorable is the best friend character played by the gorgeous Susan Scott (real name Nieves Navarro). Navarro was the real life girlfriend of director Luciano Ercoli and I usually despise when directors cast their lovers in pivotal roles. However here it's great as not only is Navarro great to look at, but she's a good actress to top it off. She was so memorable in this film that Ercoli would cast her in the main role in many of his gialli to come. If I had to make a complaint it would have to be that the film does tend to drag a bit. These dull moments and for the fact that the film is more restrained compared to other films in the genre makes it not as memorable or re-watchable as such films of let's say Dario Argento. It still has a good plot and a wonderful twist at the end. Fans of Italian gialli will definitely dig this film but fans of the more extreme films that the genre has to offer will find "The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" lacking and a bit dull. It's still wonderfully made with a great cast and will make a fine addition to any DVD collector's shelf.

  • Sep 20, 2010

    Decent giallo but not as violent as most of the other flicks made around that time. Excellent soundtrack and a good little mystery.

    Decent giallo but not as violent as most of the other flicks made around that time. Excellent soundtrack and a good little mystery.