Well worth it for giallo fans
B-Movie Nightmares | Sparks, NV United States | 03/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Here's a textbook example of 80's Italian giallo film. For those who aren't familiar with the term, giallo is basically an Italian horror/suspense movie in the "whodunit" murder vein. Many of the 70's giallo were a huge influence on the "slasher" film as we know it today. They usually feature lots of blood and generally beautiful women are the victims; in this respect Delirium is no exception.Walking in on the movie you might think you're watching a softcore skin flick. In fact, the model "Gioia" (her name is dubbed in as Gloria) who is the focus of the mysterious stalker's obsession makes her living posing for nudie magazines. We are treated to numerous shots that feature lead actress Serena Grandi in various stages of undress, which reveal her "grande" assets. The plot will keep you guessing as far as the killer's identity. Of course, lots of red herrings are dropped to mislead you and keep things interesting. Some interesting shots represent the killer's point of view by actually showing how he (she?) mentally pictures his victims. Whenever things slow down murder or plot wise, we are treated to more skin. It's a win/win situation.This was directed by Lamberto Bava, son of the famous Italian director Mario Bava. Other Lamberto Bava films worth watching are the excellent 80's giallo A Blade in the Dark and the zombie-style gorefests Demons and Demons 2."
Ain't life "Grandi"...
Thomas A. Corpino | Hartsdale, New York United States | 01/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Starring Serena Grandi, (AKA the Dolly Parton of Italy) this decent giallo is nice to watch. Somewhat plodding, the dubbing
is downright hysterical, but there is some real good surrealism
as seen through the eyes of the killer. His victims seem to mutate into some kind of "human insectoids" before they're offed.
Basic premise-the stunning Ms. Grandi runs a European skin mag
whose models are being terminated and the pictures of their decrepit corpses are being sent back to her. (sure-your circulation will improve but...) The pictures usually get
intercepted by Daria (Mrs. D. Argento) Nicolodi who, in turn,
just screams and cries. (hey...no one said she'd ever win any
statues for her acting ability)
And the MAIN reason for the 4 stars-Serena Grandi. Constantly
shown in various states of undress or in super-hot '80's fashions, she has to be the most spectacular-looking of all
Italian "giallo" actresses. Boy...I'd crawl on broken glass for
just one...SERENA- if you ever read this review, e-Mail me.
I'd shower more gifts on ya that you'd be believing in Santa
Sleazy, Mediocre Giallo From Lamberto Bava
J. B. Hoyos | Chesapeake, VA | 07/20/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Voluptuous Serena Grandi stars as Gioia who owns a porn magazine, Pussycat. Its employees are being murdered one by one. Photos of the victims, posed like mannequins in front of her posters, are being mailed to Gioia. Possible suspects are numerous, including a wheelchair bound neighbor who constantly spies on Gioia, a sexually frustrated younger brother, and a wealthy former employer who wishes to purchase her magazine. Some of the murders are graphic and unique, including the pitchfork stabbing in the stomach and the attack by killer bees, though the latter was a little unrealistic and the film never quite explained how it was accomplished.
There are a few surprises in "Delirium." It also has a top notch cast and a great soundtrack. My biggest complaint is that too much emphasis is placed on sexual perversion; it overwhelms the plot. The director, Lamberto Bava, is the son of Italian maestro, Mario Bava. The senior Bava directed the landmark giallo, "Blood and Black Lace," which has a similar plot as "Delirium;" however, it is far more superior and doesn't waddle in sexual perversion.
"Delirium" showed promise but never arises above mediocrity. Nevertheless, it is more enjoyable than Lamberto Bava's directorial debut, the bizarre, slow moving "Macabre" with its unrealistic, contrived ending.
Daria Nicolodi, long-time companion of director Dario Argento, co-stars in "Delirium." She is always enjoyable to watch. She also starred in "Shock," which was directed by Mario Bava and co-directed by his son. Famous bad guy, George Eastman, of Mario Bava's "Rabid," also stars in this movie. Both have great talent but it was underused in this film.
"Delirium" is recommended for die hard fans of Italian gialli. It is a mediocre giallo that will never be a classic like "Deep Red, "What Have You Done To Solange?," "Blood and Black Lace" and "The Red Queen Kills Seven Times."
Dios salve a Serena Grandi
552 | Lima Perú | 11/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ojala que Amazon consiga todas sus peliculas de esta bellisima actriz Italiana de la ciudad de Bologna cuando la vi por primera vez empece a comprar sus peliculas por su gracia belleza y voluptuosidad la típica mujer italiana bella como mujer y buena actriz
compralo vale la pena si eres fan de ella si no tu te lo pierdes"