Il Tuo Vizio è una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key)

1972

Il Tuo Vizio è una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key)

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A novelist suffering from a bad case of writer's block finds his troubles compounded when the violent murder of his mistress sparks a bloody crime spree in this giallo from The Case of the Scorpion's Tail director Sergio Martino. Oliver (Luigi Pistilli) is an embittered, booze-swilling writer trapped in a loveless, sadomasochistic marriage with his equally venomous wife Irina (Anita Strindberg). Desperate for some physical affection and repulsed by his unaccommodating wife, Oliver schedules an illicit rendezvous with a beautiful young woman who works at a local book store. When Oliver fails to show for their extramarital encounter and later learns that his lover has been slashed to death, a subsequent series of brutal slayings leads him to believe that someone very close to him is harboring a deadly secret.

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Critic Reviews for Il Tuo Vizio è una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key)

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  • Giallo is often about keeping characters (and audiences) off balance. Your Vice... does so with effortless glee, embracing the frazzled and warped headspace of people who believe they are immune to fate's spiteful sense of comeuppance.

    Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's classic giallo: a mysterious killer stalking beautiful women, interspersed with scenes of sex, sadism, voyeurism, and utterly gratuitous nudity.

    Dec 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Martino expertly manages the many twists, in a story where it is always important to know just who is in bed with whom, who is on top, and who is being taken for a ride.

    Nov 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Although the dialogue is often clumsy and the story quite silly in places, this is a film that will delight genre fans.

    Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A story soaked in corruption, violence and twisted sexuality.

    Jan 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5
  • Indulgent title it may have, but everything else about this fine, tight, tense movie is the very opposite of indulgence.

    Oct 28, 2012 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Il Tuo Vizio è una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key)

  • Apr 09, 2016
    Dated, sexist, misogynistic and casually racist, this loose adaptation of Poe's The Black Cat works best when sticking to the source material.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2011
    Martino in top form, same goes for Pistilli and the rest of the cast. Nicolai's score is the cherry on this delicious giallo cake. They really don't make erotic thrillers like this anymore.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2010
    I only rented this because of the amazing title, but this is a really serious giallo classic. Sexy, immersive turns by Edwige Fenech and Anita Strindberg liven this wily portmanteau of Poe and Italian bacchanalia; the character work is surprisingly complex, and the cinematography pops. It's been a while since I've seen it since I could never find it on Flixster, but I can think of image after warped image that have lingered in my brain. Sergio Martino is absolutely one of the strongest directors in this field, and I look forward to seeing more of his work. Torso's next!
    Drew S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2010
    It's just a whole mess of plot holes, but all of them are nicely lit and the camera guides the viewer around each one until ... did I see an anthology movie where only one story ended?
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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