1988 PATHOS-SEGRETA INQUIETUDINE
OBSESSION-A TASTE FOR FEAR
Director: Piccio Raffanini. Sc: Lidia Ravera, Piccio Raffanini. Music: Gabriele Ducros. Cast: Virginia Hey, Gerard Damon, Gioia Scola, Carlo Mucari, Dario Parisini, Eva Grimaldi, Kid Creole.
Diane (Virginia Hey, from MAD MAX 2) is a photographer, who, though difficult to work with, is considered the best. She is always striving for the offbeat and weird which includes her pick of models and what they wear. Her choice of Teagan (a muscled up androgynous woman who looks like Stallone with tits) eventually leads to murder when the model is killed during a bondage tape sent to Diane. The opening credits read, "To the one I love." A cop, who is a walking cliche, named Arnold is assigned the case and he takes an instant dislike for Diane and her entire lifestyle (but that doesn't stop her from trying to get him into bed). Diane's ex-husband produces bondage tapes and is the most likely suspect (meaning of course he's innocent). When Teagan's roommate Kim (a big, beautiful black woman who's as bald as Telly Savalas) is murdered and taped, George (Diane's ex) is able to use his sophisticated equipment to reveal who the murderer is.
Giallo-BLADERUNNER style. A marvelous film that I could watch repeatedly and never tire of. Along with DEATH LAID AN EGG, this is one of my favorites. It's a true winner in the style-over-content parade. Although it doesn't call attention to itself, the film is set in a not too distant future where drugs and bi-sexuality are the norm. This is a film that needs to be played with the volume turned way up as the score by Ducros is a sonic delight. The SF trappings are just that, but certainly help to put across that feeling of off-centeredness. When Diane and Kim go to a gay nightclub looking for a friend of Tegan's, you'll think you've entered a Ranexerox Comic (and damn if there aren't drawings of that character by Liberatore on the curtains). Look for Eva Grimaldi in a wordless cameo as one of George's toys/models.