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Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key-the mystery of the Black Cat (1972)

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key-the mystery of the Black Cat (1972)

by 24/06/2014
A decadent and unpolished author with loathing for his wife is accused of the murder of his mistress. However, different persons who appear suddenly, complicating the case at a time when new murders committed in the region.

Sergio Martino


Luciano Martino


Adriano Bolzoni, Ernesto Gastaldi, Sauro Scavolini


Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli


Bruno Nicolai

Εταιρείες Παραγωγής

Lea Film

Γνωστή και ως

Gently Before She Dies.
Eye of the Black Cat.
Excite Me!
Ο Πύργος Των Δολοφόνων.

Πρωτότυπος Τίτλος

Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave


1 Hour and 36 Minutes (96 Min)







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The talented Italian director Sergio Martino may not have radiation against nationals of megathiriwn Bava, Argento or Fulci, has contributed in giallo scene with some interesting films that deserve attention. This film with the eccentric title-railway is one of the good moments of such Director and certainly a satisfying addition to the giallo filmography. Using elements of classical and polydiaskeyasmeni story of Edgar Alan Poe ' The Black Cat ' o Martino delivers an entertaining mystery film marching on familiar trails giallo. A film that not only confuses with the script of complexity but causes already with bare shots and lesbian erotic scenes.

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The adikochamenos Luigi Pistilli (to have him enjoy inter alia to classic Spaghetti Western "the good, the bad and the ugly" and "Duel in El Paso") impersonates a "burnt" author dipped in decline, to alcoholism and abuse his wife simultaneously (Edwige Fenech) even in front of strangers. Sometime the mistress brutally murdered by a maniacal and the author is considered to be a key suspect for the murder of, since that night had arranged an appointment. And while the murders of women continues the situation is complicated by the arrival of sensual niece (Anita Strindberg) of the writer at his home but also by a mysterious gkrizomalli formula that tracks their movements. We finished? Of course not having it would be remiss not to mention the "Satan", i.e. the author's beloved black cat who attends this developments through the sparking eyes.

Horror Trivia

The film's title is a reference to an earlier and also
Martino's notable giallo called "The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh;".

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As often happens in the giallo scenario-holes and convenient simplifications are present and here thankfully without detrimental effects on the overall image of the film generally has the necessary consistency. The takeoff due to two factors: a) to the excellent performances of the actors with Edwige galloϊtalida Fenech gives one of the best performances of her career as a troubled wife and b) in morbid atmosphere coining the Martino within the House the leading pair. The gradual swelling of the climate of paranoia filmed brilliantly through the turbulent relationship of the author to his wife. There is clearly a mystery despite the lack of many suspects (compared with other least giallo) and the finale unfolds immersive attributing righteousness but also highlighting the macabre. The focused shots in the eyes of domestic cats add extra paranoia in an already sick climate and pseytometafysikoy doses of terror that spontaneously emerges from the animal-nightmare of preventive. In conclusion the "Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key" is one of the most powerful jobs of Martino worth.

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

Movie Highlights

  • But of course the "Satan", the infamous black cat as "big brother" sees all morbidly occurring at home.
  • The attack on the writer's wife's cat with scissors in a pretty turbulent night.
  • The shocking finale. Ingenious, macabre, paranoid … as in other words.


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Continuous maintenance unsafe and crazed atmosphere, charming complex script, using elements from Edgar Alan Poe, great performances and clever twists.


Some rough stuff in the script.

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Remarkable and provocative giallo with special atmosphere. Worthy of attention of fans of the genre and not only.

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