Rent The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

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1h 37min
Rent The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (aka Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / Blade of the Ripper) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Sexy worldly Mrs. Wardh (Edwige Fenech) endures a stifling marriage in the hope of repressing her perverse past - a sadomasochistic relationship with the degenerate Jean (Ivan Rassimov). Disillusioned with her unloved existence, she embarks upon a torrid affair with suave playboy George (George Hilton). But happiness may prove short-lived: as Jean reappears, a brutal razor-slasher begins bloodily dispatching the nubile nymphets of Vienna... Fearing that she may next face the killer's blade, tormented and deceived, she spirals into an uncontrollable emotional maelstrom where her deviant desires reawaken in a welter of sex, sadism and slaughter...
Actors:
, , , Manuel Gil, , , , , Marella Corbi, , Luis de Tejada, , Pouchi, Mira Vidotto, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Antonio Crescenzi, Luciano Martino
Voiced By:
Carolyn De Fonseca, Susan Spafford
Writers:
Vittorio Caronia, Ernesto Gastaldi, Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Aka:
Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / Blade of the Ripper
Studio:
Shameless
Genres:
Classics, Horror, Thrillers
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/03/2011
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with director Sergio Martino
  • Director Sergio Martino introduction
  • Shameless fact track by Justin Harries
  • Theatrical trailer and Shameless complete trailers
  • Edwige Fenech bio presentation
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/07/2017
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Sergio Martino and Edwige Fenech Interview
  • Sergio Martino Introduction
  • 2nd Interview with Director Sergio Martino
  • Fact Track by Justin Harries
  • Edwige Fenech Bio Presentation

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SPOILERS follow ... - The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh review by NP

Spoiler Alert
30/03/2017

Attractive, confident and haughty, Mrs. Julie Wardh (picturesque Edwige Fenech) has a plethora of men interested in her. Husband and lovers, some more depraved than others, pursue her in this heady, fast-moving chiller. What makes her increasingly fragile state of mind worse is the knowledge that she also appears to be haunted by a series of vicious killings. A coincidence? Her new lover, George (George Hilton) is somewhat intense. Could he have something to do with it all, do you think?

Otherwise known as ‘Next!’ ‘The Next Victim’ and ‘Blade of the Ripper’, this has acquired a reputation as one of the best giallo films, and it is not difficult to see why. The pace does not falter, it is very tightly written and the wonderful twists are delivered with expert ease, and don’t let up until the very end. The locations – as in many such productions – are mainly real, not studio sets, and as such are packed with colour and detail, from every rusted radiator to flaking window pane, and the lush expansive exteriors are never less than breath-taking. The direction, by Sergio Martino is faultless (at one point a letter, delivered with flowers to Wardh, reads: ‘Your vice is a locked room, and only I have the key’, which is also the (English) title of another of Martino’s giallo films).

For many films of this period, females are portrayed as pretty feinting screamers for pretty brave males to rescue, and yet here, Wardh has every reason for hysterics (Fenech is a legendary performer, due in part to this film – she has since become a prolific producer; her most recent film acting credit is in ‘Hostel 2 (2007)’) as she is given no respite in between scares and attacks. Crucially, the audience is entirely with her throughout, which makes the fact that she really doesn’t appear to stand a chance that much more powerful.

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