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THE MURDER CLINIC
1966 / Horror
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Directed by Elio Scardamaglia
Written by Ernesto Gastaldi and Luciano Martino
Starring William Berger, Francoise Prevost, Mary Young, Barbara Wilson and Massimo Righi

Patients and staff of an isolated mental hospital are being killed off by a hooded maniac who stalks the halls.

The following tags are associated with this movie: giallo, novel adaptation, mystery, Italian
The Murder Clinic (1966)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
This early giallo (originally titled La lama nel corpo) lacks the flair of many others, yet ends up having a pretty fun and ominous vibe all the same.

While the film lacks the style of earlier entries such as Blood and Black Lace (part of this may be due to the fact that this is Elio Scardamaglia's, the director, one and only film), the film does have a decent amount of suspense, mystery, and, of course, potential suspects, to offer. It was a bit sluggish at the beginning, but picks up nicely around the twenty minute mark.

Unfortunately, there's not that much in the way of gore, another thing that slightly sets it apart from its peers. The kills themselves are good, at least when we see them on screen, but it's not at all a gory film, which was a bit of a shame.

William Berger did exceptionally well as a doctor with more than a few problems. Had a solid screen presence, and I rather liked his complex character. Some of the film's charm too has to go to Mary Young and Barbara Wilson, especially considering that this is Wilson's sole film, and just the second of only two films Young was in. Given the lack of experience with the both of them, they really brought something to this movie.

The atmosphere could have been a bit thicker than what it ended up being, admittedly. And like I said, the gore wasn't really strong at all. But still, you have a fun mystery, a lot of suspects, a few twists, a few surprising deaths, so even though this film lacked the class of many giallos that followed suit, I thought that it was well worth watching.
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