“Spasmo,” directed by Umberto Lenzi

Movie, 1974

Partially successful Giallo in which some wooden acting and off-putting camera work just about comes off second best to some striking images and a twisting plot which seems a little bodged together, but is almost the better for it. Surreal touches and outdoor settings makes this perhaps a little less confined and bloody than other films of the genre. While this isn’t a problem, promising set-ups and situations don’t feel as if they’re seen through, with the film’s high pitch anxiety often making things seem just a little too arch and disappointed.

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