La Sorella Di Ursula (1978)

Genres - Horror, Thriller  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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This delightfully sleazy exploitation film from director Enzo Milioni spices up its familiar Italian thriller trappings with a great deal of surprisingly graphic soft-core sex and one of the more unusual murder weapons in giallo cinema. Barbara Magnolfi stars as Ursula, who checks into a picturesque seaside hotel with her sister Dagmar (Stefania D'Amario). Naturally, a mysterious killer with black gloves starts stabbing his way through the guest list. Literalizing the Freudian symbolism that characterizes the subgenre, the killer's weapon of choice is a large dildo. The film features a suitably ridiculous soundtrack by Mimmi Uva, punctuated by the usual feminine trilling and synthesizers, as well as numerous close-ups of people's eyes -- an annoyingly obsessive theme in many European horror films. Indeed, the theme song is entitled "Eyes" and the Spanish title translates to "Death Is in the Eyes." Vanni Materassi co-stars with Marc Porel and Anna Zinneman.