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Crazy Desires of a Murderer

aka I vizi morbosi di una governante; Gli occhi verdi della morte

  • Year:1977
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Director: Filippo Walter Ratti
  • Length: 95 min
  • IMDb rating: Crazy Desires of a Murderer (1977) on IMDb
Poster of Crazy Desires of a Murderer

This old-fashioned, low-key entry from the director of Night of the Damned moves along at a snail’s pace, lacks any real flair and yet, like the stillborn creations of many low budget film-makers, manages to exert a strange fascination. The key to approaching this guilty pleasure is that it must be watched in a lucid frame of mind: it’s certainly not a midnight movie which can be viewed through an alcoholic haze.

Adrian Luther-Smith, Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies (Stray Cat Publishing, 1999)

The film is something of a throwback to the gialli of the late ’60s and early ’70s, with its gloomy castle setting and cast of characters hopping into bed with one another. Indeed, the emphasis on sexual shenanigans borders on the software, and in this respect it anticipates the trend toward more graphically sexual thrillers in the coming years.

Troy Howarth, So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films, Volume 2, 1974-2013 (Midnight Marquee Press, 2015)

Selected disc options for Crazy Desires of a Murderer

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Vinegar Syndrome BD-ALL/US 2021
Crazy Memories of an Actor - Interview with Actor Giuseppe Colombo (15:08) has extra


  • Vinegar Syndrome’s Blu-ray is included in the “Forgotten Gialli, Volume 3” box set with Murder Mansion (1972) and Autopsy (1975).

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  • Crazy Memories of an Actor (15:08)
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  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p23.976
      • Overall bit rate: 32.00 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
      • Length:1:28:59.876
      • File size: 21.24 GiB
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: Italian DTS-HD MA 1.0
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1105 kbps
      • Bit depth: 24-bit
  • Subtitles
    • English
Extras Crazy Memories of an Actor - Interview with Actor Giuseppe Colombo (15:08, 480i) Vinegar Syndrome BD