Paranoia (Aka Orgasmo)
Director: Umberto Lenzi Run Time: 91 min. Format: 35mm Rating: NC17 Release Year: 1969
Starring: Carroll Baker, Colette Descombes, Lou Castel
Malastrana Film Series is thrilled to announce two special midnight screenings of Umberto Lenzi’s PARANOIA at Nitehawk as part of “The Killer Must Kill Again! aka Giallo Fever! Part 2” (March 20-29, Anthology Film Archives). Screening in 35mm!
Originally titled ORGASMO in Italian, PARANOIA is the first installment of the prolific genre director Umberto Lenzi’s Giallo Sexy trilogy. In this classic psychological thriller, an erotic triangle develops when an American actress played by the beautiful Carroll Baker retires to an Italian villa after her husband’s sudden death, and becomes a target of the seductive Lou Castel (of “Fists in the Pocket” fame) and his dubious sister played by Colette Descombes. Part Diabolique and part Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Lenzi infuses this claustrophobic nightmare with a dose of his unique blend of sleaze and tension, bringing it to culminate in its final explosion. If Lenzi’s masterful camerawork is not enough to drive you to the brink of madness, Piero Umiliani’s eccentric main theme is sure to do the job.
About the festival: They are back in town! Armed with sharper knives, shinier leather gloves and even more deranged motives, THE KILLER MUST KILL AGAIN! aka GIALLO FEVER PART 2 picks up where the first series left off, bringing 12 classic and under-screened Italian gialli to the Big Apple in rare 35mm prints. Part 2 expands on this highly inventive genre, showcasing films by Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Aldo Lado, Umberto Lenzi, Giulio Questi and Luigi Bazzoni.
For more information on the series, please visit Anthology Film Archives!