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Ecologia del delitto (1971)

Country of Origin: Italy
Year of Production: 1971
Running Times: 75 mins (France)     76 mins (UK; Italy - cut version)     80 mins 35 secs (UK - on Redemption)     80 mins 54 sec (UK - on Hokushin)     82 mins (Germany)     90 mins (Italy)
Format: Technicolor     35mm
Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Nuova Linea Cinematografica
Producer: Giuseppe Zaccariello
Production Manager: Ferdinando Franchi

SCRIPT
Script: Franco Barberi, Mario Bava, Filippo Ottoni, Carlo Reali, Dardano Sacchetti, Joseph McLee (rn: Giuseppe Zaccariello)
Story: Dardano Sacchetti, Franco Barberi, Carlo Reali

DIRECTION
Director: Mario Bava
Assistant Director: Lamberto Bava

PHOTOGRAPHY
Directors of Photography: Mario Bava, Antonio Rinaldi

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Editor: Carlo Reali

MUSIC
Music: Stelvio Cipriani

SOUND
Dialogue and Post Synchronisation: Gene Luotto

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: Carlo Rambaldi

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Director: Sergio Canevari

CAST
Claudine Auger (Renata)
Chris (real name: Cristea) Avram (Frank Ventura)
Laura Betti (Anna Foscatti)
Guido Boccaccini (Mike)
Roberto Bonanni (Bobby)
Isa Miranda (Countess Federica Donati)
Giovanni Nuvoletti (Count Filip Donati)
Luigi Pistilli (Albert)
Anna Maria Rosati (Laura)
Paola Rubens (Denise)
Brigitte Skay (Brunhilda)
Leopoldo Trieste (Paolo Foscatti)
Claudio Volonté (real name: Claudio Camaso) (Simon)
Renato Cestie (young boy)
Nicoletta Elmi (young girl)

SUMMARY

When an ageing heiress is murdered by her greedy husband out to get her money, it leads to a whole series of increasingly brutal killings. Relatives and family friends descend on the woman's house with their own agendas, most of which involve the wholesale slaughter of their rivals.

CAPSULE REVIEW

Hugely influential (just look at Halloween (1978) and, more pertinently, Friday the 13th (1980) for proof of that), Ecologia del delitto is one of Bava's best latter day efforts, a relentlessly grisly saga of familial in-fighting and mass murder. After the lacklustre Cinque bambole per la luna d'agosto (1970) it was a major return to form for Bava, full of visual invention and sick humour. It's misanthropy (there isn't a single likeable character in the whole film) paved the way for his bleak and hope-sapping masterpiece Cani arrabbiati (1974).

AVAILABILITY

Belgium
Video Distributor: American Video

France
Video Distributor: American Video; Hollywood Video

Greece
Video Distributor: Video Cronos

Italy
Video Distributor: CVR Realvision

Japan
Video Distributor: Toho Video

UK
Video Distributor: Hokushin (80 mins 54 sec); Redemption (80 mins 35 sec - cut by 43 sec)

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Hallmark
Video Distributor: Gorgon Video; MPI
DVD Distributor: Simitar (7654)

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Germany
Rating: banned

UK
Rating: banned; 18 (cut by 43 seconds)

USA
Rating: R

TIMELINE

1971
September

8: Italy - theatrical release

1973
April

3: France - theatrical release

1980
March

Day Unknown: UK - theatrical release

1999
November

16: USA - DVD release (Simitar (7654))

POSTER TAGS

Terror Flows Deep

diabolical! fiendish! savage...

You may not walk away from this one!

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Antefatto - early title
Bahia de Sangre - Spanish title
Baia Sangrenta - Portugese title
La baie sanglante - French and Belgian title
A Bay of Blood - USA title
Before the Fact - Ecology of a Crime
Den Blodige Bugt - Danish title
Bloodbath - UK video title
Bloodbath Bay of Blood
Bloodbath Bay of Death
Carnage
- UK title
Im Blutrausch des Satans - West German title
Last House on the Left Part II - USA re-release title
New House on the Left
Odore di carne
- pre-production title
Reazione a catena - shooting title
Twitch of the Death Nerve - US title

LINKS

SEE ALSO
Burning, The (1981)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D (1982)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Last House on the Left (1972)
Ultimo treno della notte, L' (1975)

FOOTAGE INCLUDED IN
Don't Scream It's Only a Movie (1989)
Mad Ron's Prevue's from Hell (1987)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

European Trash Cinema vol.2 no.6 pp.10-11 (USA)
review

Halls of Horror 27 p.16 (UK)
note

Is It Uncut? 5 p.35 (UK)
review

Starburst 66 pp.40-41 (UK)
review

Video Watchdog no.32 pp.10-11 (USA)
review

Video Week 5 January 1987 p.8 (UK)
note

BOOKS

Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Horror p.233
credits, review

Blood and Black Lace pp.3, 6
illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by Adrian Luther-Smith)

Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991 - 1992 p.117
credits, review

Reference Guide to Fantastic Films p.56
credits

The Seduction of the Gullible (2nd edition) p.29
illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by John Martin)

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits

KEYWORDS

mansions, bays, disabilities, hanging, inheritances, serial killers, children, mutilations, decapitations, strangulation, families, machetes, butterflies, sex, teenagers, impalement, spears

 


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