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THE PLOT THUS FAR

Someone is strangling coeds in Perugia. The only clue is that the killer owns a red and black scarf, and police are stumped. American exchange student Jane and her friends decide to take a break from classes by going up to Danielle’s uncle’s villa in the country. Unfortunately the killer decides to follow, and the women begin suffering a rapid attrition problem.

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WHAT WE THOUGHT

When beautiful coeds turn up dead in a series of sexually charged killings, beautiful American exchange student Jane (Suzy Kendall) and her three lusty girlfriends retreat to the safety of a remote Italian villa. But as the girls abandon their clothes and their inhibitions, the twisted killer closes in for another round of murder.

While director Sergio Martino isn’t Dario Argento or Mario Bava his direction in this film is pretty well done. He makes the most of a simple storyline with some lush filming locations, solid scenes of tight suspense, and an all-around attractive cast. Particularly great is the beautifully atmospheric stalking sequence with Carol in the woods, as well as the highly intense scene where Jane must hide from the killer while he dismembers one of her friends. This effort will be most entertaining to the exploitation fans, as the film has plenty of female nudity and the occasional bit of gore.

The Blu-Ray comes with a ton of trailers, ad spots and an interview with the director. Some of these supplements have already been on the DVD release, but the US opening credits seemed to have been cleaned up. The 1080p transfer is pretty sharp for a film that already looks like it was put through the ringer on the Euro Cult circuit. The audio track is lossless, but it’s another case of a weird coding as my receiver can’t quite say if it’s DTS-HD mono or PCM. Oh well, it’s worth a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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