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Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key


Drama / Horror / Mystery / Romance / Thriller



Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Verona, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What's Floriana's game and who's the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan.


Sergio Martino

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Reviewed by Superwonderscope 7 /10

Giallo with attitude

Sergio Martino's effort "Your Vice is a closeted room and only I don't have the key" is a crossover between the giallo genre, horror and sexy atmosphere as they were many during the 70's in Italy. It's (very)freely adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat while keeping a giallo narrative structure for an hour and so...then move back to the Poe territory. Il tuo Vizio... has quite daring visuals for one hour, Martino's usual trademark in his early 70's works : wild camera angles, edgy editing. Then it suddendly cools down as the story sticks around with the Black Cat thing.

The screenplay developped a maniac on the loose killing young girls (again) in a very nasty way (gore galore!) while Anita Strindberg fights with drunken & debauched husband Luigi Pistilli. he's a no good writer who writes all night...only one sentence over and over. Then comes sexy Edwige Fenech who stands for Strinberg's cause...before sleeping with her husband and the delivery man. Lesbian scenes, straight scenes, stuntss,sex scenes, murders scenes, sex again then murders...this is a very well known territory that brings up finally some good surprises in the end.

This is definitely Anita Strindberg's best work to date. She is absolutely fantastic as the cheated wife who goes over the edge, showing every human emotion with a professionalism rarely seen on the screen. Too bad her career went dry after 1975, she was a real winner here with great acting capabilities. Miss Fenech got a THEOREM-like character but still very eager to drop every clothes she got. She gets a very bitchy part here which is very unsual in her career as she went along either with victims characters or sexy ones. Oh, and there's still weird Ivan Rassimov as the mysterious stranger (as usual) snooping around Strindberg's house : he was already in Martino's previous TUTTI I COLORI DEL BUIO.

Apart from the screenplay's weaknesses and incapacity of bringing something fresh and new to the Poe's story, this Martino flick is quite memorable and fun to watch.But as it tries to link several genres, it really doesn't know where to go and who to please and finally ends up as a curisoity from the 70's. Nevertheless a gem strictly for genre addicts.

Superwonderscope says :7.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 7 /10

The Black Cat

The decadent and alcoholic writer Oliviero Rouvigny (Luigi Pistilli) has Oedipus complex and is the abusive husband of the submissive Irina (Anita Strindberg) that is frequently humiliated. They live in a dilapidated mansion that belonged to Oliviero's mother and he likes to promote decadent parties for hippies that are camped nearby the real state. Irina is scared of his cat Satan that belonged to his mother. When Oliviero's mistress and former student Fausta (Daniela Giordano) schedules an encounter with him and is found dead, he becomes the prime suspect of the local police inspector. However Irina provides alibi for her husband. When their maid Brenda (Angela La Vorgna) is found stabbed and dead in the mansion, Oliviero decides to hide her body behind the wall in his wine cellar to avoid more suspicious from the inspector. Out of the blue, his niece Floriana (Edwige Fenech), who is a promiscuous woman, arrives for an unexpected visit and soon she becomes Irina's lover. When Satan kills Irina's doves, she stabs the cat with a pair of scissors but he escapes. However the garbage woman sees the scene. Meanwhile a newcomer prostitute is stabbed to death by a killer, but madam succeeds to kill him and the police inspector clears Oliviero 's name from any suspect. One night, Irina overhears Oliviero and Floriana in the bed plotting to kill her and she kills Oliviero with the scissors. Floriana asks for the jewelry that belonged to Oliviero's mother to help Irina to hide his body in the wall where Brenda is. When Floriana leaves the mansion to meet her boyfriend and flee, Irina meets her lover Walter (Ivan Rassimov), who killed Fausta, to kill Floriana and her boyfriend and retrieve the jewelry. Then Irina lures and kills Walter to be wealthy and free. Her plan works but the police inspector arrives at her mansion to investigate the accusation of cruelty with Satan jeopardizing her perfect plan.

"Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave", a.k.a. "Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key" is a giallo with despicable characters and a good story based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat". The plot has racism, lesbianism, orgy, betrayal, drugs, alcohol, abuse, prostitution, and in the present days when the "politically correct" rules, Sergio Martino could have problem with this film. But fortunately it was made in the 70's. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "No Quarto Escuro de Satã" ("In Satan's Dark Room")

Note: On 14 June 2020 I saw this film again.

Reviewed by ferbs54 7 /10

Edwige's Unholy Pact Worth Every Penny

Possessing what could be the second-best title in film history (after 1963's "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies," of course), "Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key" (1972) reunites director Sergio Martino and stars Edwige Fenech and Ivan Rassimov, who had previously collaborated on such wonderful films as "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh" (1970) and "All the Colors of the Dark" (1972). (Indeed, this film's title was copped from a line of dialogue in "Mrs. Wardh"). This time around, though, the story mainly concerns a decadent writer, Oliviero, well played by Luigi Pistilli, who spends most of his days drinking booze and abusing his wife (giallo regular Anita Strindberg) both physically and emotionally. While a wave of murders sweeps through their small town, Oliviero's niece pays a visit, and so we finally get to see our Edwige, a full 1/2 hour into the picture. Gorgeous as always, Edwige here sports a short-haired bob for a change but looks smashing still. Anyway, truth to tell, I had no idea where this picture was going for at least the first hour. The film concludes very neatly, though, with some nifty surprises, and always keeps the viewer intrigued by combining a truly decadent atmosphere with bits of Poe's "The Black Cat," echoes of Clouzot's "Diabolique" (1955), some jolting murders, soft-core lesbianism and, typical for gialli, some red herrings. The fine folks at No Shame have come up with yet another great-looking DVD package, containing recent interviews with both Martino and Fenech. Edwige's interview suggests that the woman has made some kind of unholy pact with the devil himself; no woman could possibly look as beautiful, at 57, as she does today. Just remarkable!

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