Oasis of Fear

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Oasis of Fear
Oasis of Fear.jpg
DVD release poster
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Produced byCarlo Ponti
Written byUmberto Lenzi
Lucia Drudi Demby
Antonio Altoviti
StarringIrene Papas
Ornella Muti
Ray Lovelock
Music byBruno Lauzi
CinematographyAlfio Contini
Edited byEugenio Alabiso
Release date
  • 1971 (1971)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian

Un posto ideale per uccidere (Italian: An Ideal Place to Kill),[1][2][3] also known as Oasis of Fear and Dirty Pictures, or Deadly Trap (the film's video release title in West Germany), is a 1971 Italian giallo film directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring Irene Papas, Ornella Muti and Ray Lovelock. It was produced by Carlo Ponti.

The film was released in the USA in 1974, and is available on video as both Oasis of Fear and Dirty Pictures.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

Two pornography-peddling hippies from Italy (Richard and Ingrid) run out of material to sell, so they start taking "dirty pictures" of each other to add to their stock of smut. While on the run from the authorities in Sweden, the pair get invited to the home of a middle-aged woman named Barbara, the wife of a NATO colonel. She involves them first in sexual games, then later in a convoluted murder plot. It seems Barbara has murdered her husband and hidden the body in the trunk of her car, and she gets the idea to frame the two hippies for the crime.[5]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Lenzi said he had trouble getting actress Irene Papas to participate in the threesome scene that takes place in the film.[6] Lead actor Ray Lovelock sings a song called "How Can You Live Your Life?" over the opening titles, accompanied by a sitar; a song that reoccurs throughout the film in different versions, supposedly with the purpose of trying to capture the "feel" of the 1960s hippie scene.[7]

See also[edit]

  • List of Italian films of 1971
  • Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  2. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  3. ^ Giancarlo Grossini. Dizionario del cinema giallo. Dedalo, 1985. ISBN 8822045106.
  4. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 82
  5. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 82
  6. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 82
  7. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 82

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