Mania – Italy, 1973

Mania

Mania is a 1973 Italian horror thriller feature film written, directed and produced by Renato Polselli (Black Magic Rites) as Ralph Brown. It stars Isarco Ravaioli, Eva Spadaro, Carla Mancini, Max Dorian, Brad Euston and Mirella Rossi.

The film had a limited theatrical release in 1974 due to censorship issues.

Mania was considered ‘lost’ until 2007 when when a 35mm copy was discovered in the censor’s archive in Rome and then screened along with a few other titles at the Trevi cinema as part of a festival devoted to Polselli, who died in 2006.

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Professor Brecht (Brad Euston) finds out his wife Lisa (Eva Spadaro) is having an affair with his twin brother Giordano. His brother disappears in mysterious circumstances and he takes his place, pretending to be him, driving his wife insane…

Reviews:

” … the film boasts an awesome acid rock soundtrack, classic 1970s style shock zooms, bizarre and hallucinatory imagery and delirious hysteria. Brad Euston as the maniacal Professor Brecht and Eva Spadaro as the unbalanced Lisa both put on a delightful, no holds barred display of hysterical, eye-rolling camp histrionics that is right up there with Mickey Hargitay and Rita Calderoni’s work in Delirium (1972), Polselli’s probably best known film.” Johan Melle, Euro Fever [includes a full plot synopsis and masses of images].

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Image credits: DB Cult

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