Rent What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)

3.5 of 5 from 59 ratings
1h 27min
Rent What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (aka La polizia chiede aiuto) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
He's No Angel, He's Just a Biker From Hell! The naked body of a schoolgirl leads the police to a teenage prostitution ring as vice and corruption explode onto the Italian streets in a blaze of machete-wielding fury. When suspects in the case are killed by a mysterious stranger clad in motorbike leathers, the police realise that the trail of corruption goes all the way to the top, and set their sights on busting the case wide open. But as the body count rises, the crash-helmet-wearing motor-psycho colours the mean streets red in a bid to stop them.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Paolo Infascelli
Voiced By:
Nick Alexander, Cicely Browne, Geoffrey Copleston, Cyril Cusack, Larry Dolgin, Marvin Drake, Michael Forest, William Kiehl, Anthony La Penna, Steven Luotto, Edward Mannix, Richard McNamara, Edmund Purdom, Robert Sommer, Susan Spafford, Pat Starke, Frank von Kuegelgen
Writers:
Massimo Dallamano, Ettore Sanzò
Aka:
La polizia chiede aiuto
Studio:
Shameless
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
Countries:
Italy, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/05/2008
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (1) of What Have They Done to Your Daughters?

Spoilers follow ... - What Have They Done to Your Daughters? review by NP

Spoiler Alert
16/09/2017

This giallo doesn’t mess around: after the opening, the very first scene features police bursting into a room to find a young naked girl hanging. Dead. What makes the scenes that immediately follow so horrifyingly effective is by Director (and co-writer) Massimo Dallamano having his camera observe events from the girl’s height, almost from her point-of-view, and as such, half the screen is filed with her dead face, mouth agape – almost as if she is observing events. She was promiscuous 15 year-old Sylvia (Sherry Buchanan) who promised her mother that if she told her father of her activities, she’d kill herself. And yet Sophia Loren-alike Asst. DA Vittoria Stori (Giovanna Ralli) is sure it was murder.

It was felt at the time that giallo films were not as popular as they once were (which, if true, is understandable; there had been many made during the previous few years), and so this became a fusion of giallo and poliziotteschi, with more attention paid to police procedures than focusing on more ‘standard’ civilian characters. Dallamano made this as part of a trilogy of such films, beginning with 1972’s terrific ‘What Have You Done to Solange?’ and ending with ‘Red Rings of Fear’ in 1978 (sadly, he died before completion).

This slight change in style provides a welcome change in emphasis, as far as I am concerned. I find giallo a highly enjoyable genre, but this works well as an extention of that. Some truly gritty, gruesome set-pieces enlivened with Stelvio Cipriani’s excellent score, ensures that the pace very rarely slackens. There are disturbing scenes too, when the police listen to recordings of intimate events occurring in the teenage prostitute ring that may or may not be behind the death. Even with the dubbed voice artists, it is uncomfortable listening. It gets even more uncomfortable when it seems Inspector Valentini’s (Mario Adorf) own daughter may be involved.

Alongside Vittoria Stori, we have Inspector Sylvestri (Claudio Cassinelli), who is the nearest we get to the staple of most giallos: a tough talking gent who is a bit of a twit. He comes good in the end though, reacting like granite when he helps apprehend and uncover the identity of the miscreant. Getting the authorities to act upon such a major vice ring connected to some very high places, however, is another matter. How little times change.

A big hand too for the blood. Far more realistic than the bright paint used in similar films.

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