Amuck!
AKA Alla Ricerca Del Piacere
Directed By Silvio Amadio
Released: 1972
Starring: Barbara Bouchet, Farley Granger, Rosalba Neri, and Petar Martinovitch, Nino Segurini
Running Time: 98 minutes
DVD Released By Eurovista

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Greta Franklin (played by Barbara Bouchet) has just begun her work as secretary for eccentric author, Richard Stuart (Farley Granger). Richard and his wife, Eleanora (Rosalba Neri), are perverts and druggies who try to include Greta in their decadence. What the couple don’t realize is that Greta only took the job in order to find out what happened to her friend Sally, the Stuarts' previous secretary who recently disappeared. The closer Greta gets to the truth, the more she begins to sense that she may be in grave danger.

This lurid psychosexual Giallo is quite a little gem. Director Silvio Amadio (
So Young, So Lovely, So Vicious...) takes a routine thriller and really cranks up the tension. The stunning camera work and the moody lighting are both fine. The editing is also very good with some excellent slow motion sequences. Composer Teo Usuelli creates a slithery and sexy soundtrack for Amuck! which I hope will turn up in someone’s mp3 blog. Heh heh heh. Anyway… The film’s only drawback is its pacing. Though I wouldn't call it interminable, Amuck! hardly lives up to the exclamation mark in its title and viewers will have to be patient with this one.

The cast of
Amuck! is an absolute dream. The luscious duo, Barbara Bouchet and Rosalba Neri have also appeared together in the awful French Sex Murders but this film is where their unbelievably hot… um… chemistry is given a chance to light up the screen. I’m intrigued by actress Patrizia Viotti who plays Greta’s missing friend, Sally Reece. It is a shame that this actress disappeared off the scene shortly after this film. Her character’s fate is especially heartbreaking and grim and is well played by Viotti.

Farley Granger, is that even your real name? This guy has some serious street cred with appearances in everything from
So Sweet, So Dead to They Call Me Trinity to What Have They Done To Your Daughters? Granger plays Richard Stuart, the smuggest bastard on Earth. Stuart’s relationship with the drugged up and ESP fit-having sex fiend, Eleanora, makes for some pretty decadent viewing. And then there’s Nino Segurini (Beyond The Door) stoically playing one of Venice’s finest in clip-on sunglasses. And last but not least, there’s the wildly prolific character actor, Umberto Raho (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage), as the scheming butler.

Although it is fairly low on the bloodshed, the ample female nudity and some really twisted sex games (with often violent consequences) put this film in a very trashy place. But as usual, it’s the delivery that counts. Amadio’s
Amuck!
is an erotic Giallo with some eerie scenes, cool twists, and is actually a pretty melancholy viewing experience (despite its satisfying conclusion) which I always enjoy for some reason. One of the things I love about this film is that the moment Greta sets foot in the Stuarts’ house, she is immediately in danger. And watching as she is seduced by Richard and Eleanora’s evil is some dang wicked stuff.

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DVD Stuff:

Oh Lord, deliver us from this full frame print! While still easily watchable, I can only hope that somebody somewhere has a copy of this film in its proper aspect ratio. Well, until that print magically appears, we have Eurovista’s disc to keep us company. The print on this disc (obviously from an old VHS) is terribly scratched, damaged, and faded. The good news is that the English audio is in pretty good shape. More good news is that the film appears to be the uncut version so damn it, where else are you going to find that? The extras include two excellent video interviews with Rosalba Neri and Barbara Bouchet. 30 years later and these women are still captivating!

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Links:

Get
Amuck! on DVD from Xploited Cinema
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