With an infamous reputation of being one of the sleaziest of all the Gialli, one expects a lot from Mario Landi’s Giallo in Venice. Indeed it is a rather grim and gritty piece of work, but at the same time it’s suffers quite a lot from a whole lot of problems, and there’s a very determined feeling that Landi was merely out to quickly create a series of sensationalistic vignettes instead of making a decision of what foot to stand on. Which makes up for a very peculiar, seedy and mediocre movie.
Turkish giallo "Thirsty For Love (Sex and Murder)" is a blatant copy of Sergio Martino's "The Strange Vice of Mrs.Wardh". It is basically a scene-by-scene remake of this classic Italian giallo. It takes the plot of "The Strange Vice" and stretches it out into an almost pure cinematic abstraction. Devoid of suspense it certainly offers a good dose of sleaze and bloody violence towards women. The film is so crazy and wonderfully odd that it's hard not to like this piece of utter delirium. There are some differences between this film and it's inspiration as the plot is simplified and the ending is different.
This film by Alfonso Brescia also tells a story about an inheritance that spreads murder, and in the first half of the film, only one killing happens (in the opening scene), and then the film goes on rather as a family drama than a Giallo. But in the middle of the film, the title happens (a member of the family is indeed found nude and killed in a park), and from now on, it's a typical Giallo.
Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he's had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he's been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.