Several cast members from The Sweet Body of Deborah were reunited a few years later for The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, an above average giallo which boasts groovy London locations (again demonstrating that Euro-filmmakers were far better at using English settings than native ones) and a script that is so convoluted that you could stuff it in your chest cavity and use it to digest food.
Although The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh might be trash of the highest order, but it’s all put together with a degree of high quality professionalism that gives it a distinct veneer of class and raises it’s status to being one of the very best of Italian gialli.
In many ways The Sweet Body of Deborah can be seen as an archetypal pre-Argento giallo. The motivating factors are greed, lust and hatred rather than pseudo-psychological disturbance.
Another in the line of generally disappointing recent Italian horror films, Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show does at least have some lineage behind it, featuring special effects by Sergio Stivaletti.
Here’s an instructive film. Saverio Costanzo’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers is based on the hugely popular novel of the same name by physicist and writer Paolo Giordano.
This is a (very) late period Italian thriller from 1992 and directed by Alessandro Lucidi, son of the better known Maurizio.
Chiamate 22-22 tenente Sheridan is an obscure 1960 giallo directed by comedy specialist Giorgio Bianchi. A spin off from a popular television series of the time, Tenente Sheridan, which also starred Ubaldo Lay, it’s of some historical interest for being one of the earliest Italian feature films to have been spawned from the then-novel TV medium.