HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Thunderclap
Zeiram
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Kimi
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Promare
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Winterhawk
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
B.N.A.
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Snatchers
Imperial Swordsman
Foxtrap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Deadly Inheritance Where there's a will, there's a way
Year: 1968
Director: Vittorio Sidoni
Stars: Tom Drake, Femi Benussi, Ernesto Colli, Isarco Ravaioli, Valeria Ciangotti, Virginio Gazzolo, Andrea Fantasia, Ivo Garrani, Jeanette Len, Aurelio Marconi, Alessandra Maravia
Genre: Horror, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Oscar, an elderly, half-deaf railway worker hammering away at the railtrack is struck dead by a speeding train, in what seems like a freak accident. His three daughters, Simone (Femi Benussi), Rosalie (Jeanette Len) and Colette (Valeria Ciangotti) are left wondering how they will manage penniless, until the family lawyer reveals Oscar bequeathed them a handsome inheritance. There is one catch however, the girls cannot claim their fortune until Jeanot (Ernesto Coli), Oscar’s crippled, simple-minded, adopted son comes of age. This angers Rosalie’s obnoxious husband Leon (Ivo Garrani) no end. Meanwhile, Simone is having an affair with nightclub owner Jules (Isarco Ravaioli), who reckons the inheritance could help pay off his troublesome, estranged wife (Alessandra Maravia). One night Jeanot is caught spying on sexy Simone in the shower. Seemingly ridden with guilt, he throws himself under a train. A clear case of suicide? Tactless Inspector Gerard Greville (Tom Drake) is not so sure, given it turns out Jules was seen skulking near the railtrack. Then a mysterious murderer starts bumping off the rest of the family.

Gorgeous giallo staple Femi Benussi made a lot of movies where she was called on to simply disrobe then die. Here in an early role, Benussi gets naked as expected yet also essays among the more complex, faceted heroines in her filmography. Her compelling presence coupled with a script laden with an array of satisfying twists would have elevated Deadly Inheritance - known in Italy as Omicidio per vocazione (Vocation For Murder) and alternately L’assassino ha le mani pulite (The Killer Has Clean Hands) - to the top tier of giallo thrillers were it not for the fumbled direction of Vittori Sindoni. The film marked the debut of the writer-producer-director who, although largely unsung by English speaking fans of Italian cinema, remains active to this day. His most recent film, My House Is Full of Mirrors (2010) starred Sophia Loren, whose prestigious presence suggests he may be held in higher regard in his native land.

Set in provincial France, the film is beautifully shot in eye-popping colours by Ascenzio Rossi and packs plenty of paisley period charm, including occasional cutaways to the same group of groovy young things shaking their stuff on the dance floor at Jules’ nightclub. Yet the suspense sequences fall flat due to Sindoni’s slapdash handling while he makes a right old hash of the labyrinthine murder mystery. He devotes the lengthy midsection of the film to the pursuit of one suspect who is so obviously a red herring yet unsympathetic to the point where it is impossible to care about their fate. Nevertheless the film does succeed in keeping the viewer guessing. The killer’s identity comes as a genuine surprise and even explains a few flaws in the plot. These include the actions of Inspector Greville who stands proudly beside Fernando Sancho in Voodoo Black Exorcist (1973) and Eduardo Fajardo in The Killer Must Kill Again (1975) as one of the great dickhead detectives in Euro-horror.

As essayed by American actor Tom Drake, who once serenaded Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), the tactless police inspector proves truly priceless. Hercule Poirot he ain’t as Greville goes around mocking murder victims and antagonising suspects, then cements his idiocy by declaring “Only Sherlock Holmes had all the evidence, but then in his stories the butler always did it.” Greville eventually settles on Simone as prime suspect, reasoning that the style of the murders “are so typically feminine.” When winsome youngest sister Colette meekly asks whether she is a suspect too, the detective kindly replies: “No, you’re just a fool.” However, for all its flaws and occasional idiocies, the climax proves haunting and suspenseful. Music by Stefano Torrisi, which goes crazy with the Hammond organ whenever the unseen killer is on the prowl.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 3905 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: