L’ossessione che uccide (1981)

Italy, France (“a French-Italian co-production”), 1981
92m
colour
Italian

An Italian/French horror film directed by Riccardo Freda using the pseudonym Robert Hampton.

Plot Summary

Michael is enjoying a career as a successful actor, but he has a skeleton in his closet – as a child, he murdered his father with a knife. Michael and his girlfriend Deborah visit his mother’s for the weekend where they meet the a young film director who is also visiting, and the superstitious housekeeper Oliver. Before long, terrible things are happening and Michael fears that his past might be catching up with him…

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Robert Hampton [real name: Riccardo Freda]
Enzo Boetani, Giuseppe Collura & Simon Mizrahi present a Riccardo Freda film. Dionysio Cinematografica S.R.L. (Rome), Societé Nouvelle Cinevog (Paris)
Produced by: Giuseppe Collura, Enzo Boetani, Simon Mizrahi
Screenplay by: Antonio Cesare Corti, Fabio Piccioni, Riccardo Freda
Story by: Antonio Cesare Corti, Fabio Piccioni
Adaptation Dialogue: Simon Mizrah
Assistant Directors: Antonio Cesare Corti, Bernard Cohn
Script Girl: Maria Luce Faccenna
Director of Photography: Cristiano Pogany
Cameramen: Roberto Lombardi Dallamano, Guglielmo Vincioni
Assistant Cameraman: Stefano Guidi
Chief Electrician: Alberico Novelli
Chief Grip: Gianni Savini
Still Photographer: Debora Beer
Editor: Riccardo Freda *
Assistant Editor: Anne Barrault
Colour by: Telecolor
Musical Score by: Franco Mannino
The music of Bach, Liszt and Mannino played by Franco Mannino on a Petrof piano
Sound Man: Davide Magara
English Language Edition by: A.B. Services, Edizioni Cinematografiche e Televisive
Recorded at: Cooperativa Di Lavoro Fono Roma
Costumes: Giorgio Desideri
Assistant Costume Designer: Alberto Tosto
Makeup: Lamberto Marini, Sergio Angeloni
Hairstyles: Agnese Panarotto
Sets: Giorgio Desideri
Production Assistants: Antonio Boetani, Salvatore Carrara

Cast
Stefano Patrizi (Michael Stanford/William Stanford)
Martine Brochard (Shirley Dawson)
Henri Garcin (Hans Schwartz)
Laura Gemser (Betty [Beryl Fisher in English language version])
John Richardson (Oliver)
Anita Strindberg (Glenda Stanford)
Silvia Dionisio (Deborah Jordan)
Fabrizio Moroni [young Michael Stanford – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Delirium
Fear
Himomurhaaja – Finnish video title
Murder Obsession
Paura
Satans Altar
Svenuto
Unconscious
The Wailing – English language title

Extracts included in
Zombiethon (1986)

References

Periodicals
Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992 pp.8-9 – review (Police 55 by Martyn Carre)