Perversion Story

  • 1969
  • 1 HR 37 MIN
  • NR
  • Thriller

Best known for his over-the-top gore movies, Lucio Fulci took a turn for the Hitchcockian in this sexadelic variation on VERTIGO (1958). San Francisco-based doctor Dr. George Dumurrier (BELLE DE JOUR's Jean Sorel) runs a successful clinic with his younger brother, Henry (Alberto de Mendoza), but his home life is less than happy. His asthmatic wife, Helen...read more

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Best known for his over-the-top gore movies, Lucio Fulci took a turn for the Hitchcockian in this sexadelic variation on VERTIGO (1958).

San Francisco-based doctor Dr. George Dumurrier (BELLE DE JOUR's Jean Sorel) runs a successful clinic with his younger brother, Henry (Alberto de Mendoza), but his home life is less than happy. His asthmatic wife, Helen (Austrian model-turned-actress Marisa Mell, of DANGER: DIABOLIK), despises him and he's enmeshed in a thorny affair with fashion stylist Jane (Elsa Martinelli), who resents being forced to play the other woman. All George's troubles seem to be over when Helen dies suddenly of an asthma attack, leaving him a cool million in insurance money. But a mysterious phone call directs him to the Roaring 20s strip club and its featured performer, Monica Weston (also Mell), a swinging temptress who looks exactly like Helen, had Helen been a gum-snapping, bottle-blond exhibitionist. Much to Jane's dismay, George begins an affair with the free-spirited Monica, whose complicated personal life includes clingy client Benjamin Wormser (Riccardo Cucciolla), whose devotion verges on stalking. Everything goes wrong when the police begin to suspect that George killed his wife for her insurance money and unearth one clue after another that point to his guilt.

With the exception of its attenutated closing sequence, Fulci's surprisingly restrained thriller -- co-written with Roberto Gianviti and Jose Luis Martínez Molla and originally tiltled Una sull'altra ("One on Top of the Other") -- is a sharp, fast-paced slice of psychedelic sleaze set to a jazzy score by Riz Ortolani. In keeping with the film's overall Hitchcock vibe, director Fulci even makes a brief cameo appearance as a police graphologist. Top billed US stars John Ireland and Faith Domergue appear in small roles as a persistent police inspector and Helen's devoted sister, Martha; Jean Sobieski, father of actress Leelee Sobieski, also appears in a small role.

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  • Review: Best known for his over-the-top gore movies, Lucio Fulci took a turn for the Hitchcockian in this sexadelic variation on VERTIGO (1958). San Francisco-based doctor Dr. George Dumurrier (BELLE DE JOUR's Jean Sorel) runs a successful clinic with his youn… (more)

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