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In the Folds of the Flesh - Severin Films Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Mayo   
Monday, 23 February 2009

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AKA: Dans les replis de la chair, Las Endemoniadas, Libido, Nelle pieghe della carne

Directed by: Sergio Bergonzelli
Written by: Sergio Bergonzelli, Fabio De Agostini
Produced by: Sergio Bergonzelli
Cinematography by: Mario Pacheco
Editing by: Donatella Baglivo
Music by: Jesús Villa Rojo
Cast: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Pier Angeli, Fernando Sancho, Alfredo Mayo, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, María Rosa Sclauzero
Year: 1970
Country: Spain, Italy
Language: English (dubbed)
Color: Color, B&W
Runtime: 92 Minutes

Video: NTSC R0
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0
Distributor: Severin Films

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Wow, where do I start?  In the Folds of the Flesh has to be one of the most (if not, the most) whacked-out, bizarre gialli to ever hit the screen.  Released in 1970, this cinematic entry directed by Sergio Bergonzelli (Blood Delirium) has so many plot twists and turns, that it is difficult to give a plot synopsis without divulging the entire script.  Things are not always what they seem, and for In the Folds of the Flesh, this goes without saying.

Within the opening frames we see a head lopped off on the floor.  A woman looks upon the man’s freshly departed noggin as children view from behind.  Meanwhile, police pursue a curly haired bandit (Fernando Sancho, Return of the Blind Dead) fleeing on a motorcycle.  Whilst on the run he spots the very same woman.  He watches as she turns on the engine of a boat, sending it sailing off to sea with no inhabitants.  She then drags a body (presumably that of the headless man from the opening) into a freshly dug hole. She fills the hole, just as the cops arrive and recapture the escaped con, taking him off her property.  The movie continues with a psychedelic opening sequence involving swirls of paint as a narrator divulges the origin of the film’s title with a Freud quotation, thus commencing our journey into madness: “…what has been remains imbedded in the brain nestled in the folds of the flesh distorted it conditions and subconsciously impels…

Essentially, In the Folds of the Flesh is about a monumentally dysfunctional family hiding a deep dark secret.  As the film forges onward this secret twists and turns leaving the viewer confused ‘till the bitter end.  Currently the household is run by Lucille (Eleonora Rossi Drago, Camille 2000), who is now the caretaker of her son Colin (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, who resembles a less grotesque Peter Bark from Burial Ground) and Falesse (Golden Globe winner Pier Angeli, Teresa).  Apparently 13-years-ago, Falesse’s father Andre (a sailor) mysteriously disappeared at sea, or at least this is what they tell outsiders of Andre’s fate.  In actuality, one night Andre rapes his own daughter Falesse, to which she responds with lopping his head off (the opening frames).  To this day she is haunted by the events, but was this actually her father, or will we be sent on a journey into massive confusion and plot shenanigans?  We’ll have to settle for the latter.

A mountain of characters are introduced and dismissed throughout the film, without holding any real clout to the inherent plot.  We meet Falesse’s cousin Michele, who pops by the movie to later be stabbed to death by Falesse.  Michele’s slimy-suave friend stops by to later suffer the same fate as Falesse’s father.  The curly convict makes a return, with a blackmail scheme, but meets his maker in a bathtub.  Even a man proclaiming to be the father returns to the mix.  No character is off limits to the family secret.  If anyone hinders the plot, they see a quick demise.

Being the peculiar surrealistic film that it is, In the Folds of the Flesh also contains some interesting goings-on, including incestuous escapades, caged pet vultures, golden beetles, a cyanide bath demise and Nazi war camp sequences with naked women marching to their death for good measure.  During the latter, Lucille relives (while naked) watching her mother march to the gas chamber with other unfortunate women and is then forced to watch her mother gassed to death.

Even with a roughly 90-minute runtime In the Fold of the Flesh does overstay its welcome.  That’s not to say the film is necessarily bad, it just staggers around before getting to the point. Literally, the viewer is waiting until the very end before the plot unfolds.  For many this might be too little too late.  Many will grow tiresome wondering what the fuck is going on from one scene to the next.  Is this person who they claim they are?  Did this really happen?  However, seasoned giallo fans might be more exploratory.  Unfortunately I am of the former.  As mentioned, In the Folds of the Flesh isn’t a bad film, but it just doesn’t hold enough wallop to be recommended to all.

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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:

- Theatrical Trailer

Severin Films presents this whacky giallo uncut & uncensored for the first time in America.  The movie is presented 1.85:1 anamorphic and looks great considering its almost 40-year age.  The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with an English dubbed track which aids in the madness.  The disc contains a solitary Theatrical Trailer as its supplemental features.

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