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Giorgio Mainardi (George Hilton) is thrown out of his house by his wife Nora
(Teresa Velázquez) because of his infidelity ... which is bad news mainly
because she is the rich one of the couple, so when he accidently witnesses a
man (Michel Antoine) getting rid of a corpse by sinking the body inside a car
in a lake, he has an idea ... he blackmails the man into killing his wife, but
has him make it look like a kidnapping so Giorgio can get a vast sum of
extortion money from his father-in-law.
Soon, the killer enters Nora's house
like Giogrio said he would, & the killing works perfectly, too, with
Giorgio having an airtight alibi, but when the killer, the corpse alread in his
car's trunk, goes back into the house to eliminate some tell-tale traces, the
car (with the corpse) is stolen by Luca (Alessio Orano) & Laura (Cristina
Galbó), 2 funloving kids who want to gop to the beach to make out.
back car & corpse, the killer has to steal another car ... & that's
where the trouble starts.
The killer's cartheft is soon reported to the
police, & when examining the scene of the crime, the investigating
inspector (Eduardo Fajardo) soon stumbles over the open door of Nora's house,
inside traces of a fight, & a heap of things that don't add up, & he
starts asking Giorgio questions he would rather not answer, ultimately he puts
the kidnapping as such into questin (& is of course right) ...
Laura have since made it to the beach & have broken into an abandoned
house, where they plan to make out, but Laura, still a virgin, suddenly has
second thoughts & sends Luca away to get her some food ... but instead of
food, Luca finds a willing blonde (Femi Benussi) on the way whom he soon makes
out with in his car.
The killer has meanwhile caught up with the couple &
enters the abandoned house too, where he finds Laura & brutally rapes her,
then neatly ties her up. & when Luca comes back, the killer is already
prepared & knocks him out cold, then goes to his car he has finally found
again, to head off ... but Luca has brought blondie with him (with some weird
fantasies of a threeway), & blondie has just found the corpse in the trunk,
so he lures her into the houe under a pretense & stabs her dead.
when he goes to the bathroom to wash off the blood from the stabbing, he has
forgotten the knife in blondie's body, which Laura uses to free herself, &
to attack & ultimately kill him with ...
Later, Laura & Luca have
since reported everything to the police & are let off free (without them
the killer maybe would never have been found), our inspector is left with even
more loose ends, & weirdly enough they all add up to Giorgio being the real
culprit ... but how to prove it ?
The inspector makes up an elaborate trap,
placing the killer's car with a semi-open trunk right in front of Giorgio's
house, & in the trunk is Nora's corpse, conveniently for Giorgio to find
... which he does, but when he tries to get rid of the corpse, the police
arrests him red-handed.
An extremely well-written &
well-directed crime-movie that outright refuses to follow any formula, instead
offers many unusual twists & turns, that are all wholly plausible though,
& that put the movie (on a story level) closer to classic film noirs
than the-popular crime-fiction (e.g. giallos).
Director Luigi Cozzi
shows an amazing talent for creating tension & suspense in this movie (only
his secon feature film) ... it's just a shame that the rest of his career he
was never again given a break to prove this , instead being relegated to doing
underbudgeted genre-fodder, that - in its own cheapish way - was sometimes
charming though (Star Crash, the Hercules-movies),
sometimes downright pedestrian (Dei Profundis, Contaminazione).