Midnight Movies: Suspense Triple Feature [3 Discs] [DVD]

If you're the kind of mystery buff who prefers your whodunits served up with all the lurid trimmings, this three-film collection featuring The Fifth Cord, The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, and The Pajama Case Girl should satisfy your darkest cravings.
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Overview

Special Features

  • The Fifth Cord:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Giornata Nera (Black Days)-Interviews With Star Franco Nero And Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
  • The Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion:
  • Forbidden Screenplays-Interview With Co-Writer Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Thetrical Trailer
  • The Pyjama Girl Case:
  • The Pyjama Girl Mystery: A True Story Of Murder, Obsession And Lies-Interview With Author Richard Evans

Synopsis

Le Foto Proibite di Una Signora per Bene
Fetishistic and dark, this early giallo thriller from Italian filmmaker Luciano Ercoli prefigures such sexually-themed gialli as La Ragazza dal Pigiama Giallo and Tenebre in its explicit connection between female sexuality and violence. Dagmar Lassander stars as Minou, who is threatened at the beach by a mysterious figure (Simon Andreu) who caresses her body with a knife and intimates that her businessman husband Pierre (Pier Paolo Capponi) is a murderer. Slowly, she begins to believe him, because Pierre was in debt to a murdered businessman, Jean Dubois. The stranger soon shows up with a tape recording which seems to verify his claim, and forces Minou to perform degrading sexual acts in order to protect her husband. When she later balks, he produces the titular photos to blackmail her into even more depravity. Like many giallo heroines, Minou can get no sympathy from anyone, particularly her kinky bisexual friend Dominique -- played by Ercoli's real-life wife Nieves Navarro (aka "Susan Scott") -- who actually claims to enjoy being forced into sex. The situation begins to take its toll, and Minou slips into a haze of tranquilizers and shame, finally confessing to Peter and leading the stranger to attempt silencing her permanently. Backed by a vibrant Ennio Morricone score and slick photography by Alejandro Ulloa, the film co-stars Osvaldo Genazzani and Salvadore Huguet. Available versions run between 91 and 96 minutes. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Giornata nera per l'ariete
Luigi Bazzoni (Le Orme) directed this outstanding giallo thriller starring Franco Nero as a hard-drinking newspaperman who gets involved in a string of brutal murders. After he investigates the first, he becomes a suspect himself but eventually manages to unravel a complex plot involving blackmail, adultery, and private sex shows. Wolfgang Preiss plays a creepy doctor, and Edmund Purdom is around as well. The impressive score is by Ennio Morricone, and the film looks great thanks to cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, on his way to his triumph with Last Tango in Paris. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

La Ragazza Dal Pigiama Giallo
The patient and non-pugilistic methods used by Inspector Simpson (Ray Milland) finally help him discover who killed the unidentified woman whose body was found on a Sydney beach. She was wearing only a scrap of pajamas, and her face was mutilated beyond recognition. The girl, an immigrant, evidently led a tragically profligate lifestyle. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Dagmar Lassander
    Dagmar Lassander
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    Pier Paolo Capponi
  • Simon Andreu
    Simon Andreu
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