Directed by: Fernando Di Leo
Actors: Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee and Rosalba Neri
Also known as: Asylum Erotica, Das Schloß der blauen Vögel, Der Triebmörder, Dipsa gia sarka kai aima, La clinique des ténèbres, La clinique sanglante, Les insatiables poupées érotiques, Les insatisfaites poupées érotiques du docteur Hitchcock, Slaughter Hotel, The Beast Kills in Cold Blood, The Cold-Blooded Beast, To kastro tou tromou
Description: In a psychiatric clinic for rich women, dies murdered, one after another, a nurse and two patients, while an arrow hit another woman. The guilty is a masked man. The police decide to set up a trap, but the line of murdering isn’t still over.
To my mind, the best looking and longest available prints of Di Leo’s sleazy, bonkers giallo classic – surely one of ther most over-the-top movies in the whole giallo genre. Giallo buffs already know this one – a castle (filled with medieval weaponry) has been converted into an asylum for mentally-ill young women. A long-haired loon in a black cape uses said weaponry to annihilate patients and staffs, whilst the suspicious doctor (Kinski, subdued here for once) looks dodgy and chain-smokes incessantly. Despite some pretty nasty and graphic murders, and the silliness of what goes on, the film looks and sounds superb – the widescreen photography makes such a difference, and lets you appreciate just how well-shot the film was. Plus, lots of nudity helps as well – mainly from Neri, who pretty much steals the film. Now why can’t every film have Rosalba Neri (The Demon Lover and 99 Women) nudity in it?