Friday, September 18, 2015

The Wife Killer (Mondo Macabro DVD)

The whole time I’m watching The Wife Killer I’m thinking that I’m watching some rather obscure Giallo film that maybe I saw a few years ago under the Italian name with different poster/cover art and probably in pretty bad shape; maybe even a VHS rip. I knew that I hadn’t seen the movie. I knew that it was in fact a Greek picture that was very much following in the footsteps of popular Italian films of the same vintage and style, but that it didn’t have the same glorious kills, the same musical prowess or the production value that made Italian cinema great in the early 70’s. In short, The Wife Killer is a lackluster slightly marred carbon copy of your favorite Italian thriller, but that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. That means you should probably pick it up.

If there’s one thing I’ve come to expect from Mondo Macabro it’s that their Blu-ray releases are looking great, and their DVD releases are typically a breath of fresh air for movies in dire need of digital transfer to help preserve the legacy of obscure titles. The Wife Killer falls into this category. How many Greek Horror pictures have you seen? There aren’t many out there and even fewer actually shot by Greek filmmakers, more simply filmed in Greece. That makes The Wife Killer special along with the other two releases in the Greek Thriller trilogy. To say that The Wife Killer is pure Horror would be unfair, but it certainly has elements of Giallo and Giallo has been much associated (sometimes incorrectly) with Horror pictures. We’ll allow it to be Horror by association.

The DVD looks good, but the print is not perfect. It has plenty of the grindhousey goodness that you love if you are an avid follower of Mondo Macabro. They take care to preserve transfer, but they do so at times with prints that have seen better days. Let’s face it, you’re not getting pristine archival prints of a movie like The Wife Killer, but this will wet your palette and fulfill your Greek dark fantasy picture requirement as a well-rounded fan of the genre film.

The Wife Killer is sexy and filthy and is fairly dark at times. Add in the documentary on Greek cult films for educational purposes, and you should come out of this disc with a better understanding of this time and place in film history. Sometimes we watch to be scared. Others, to enjoy a time capsule, and that is how you enjoy The Wife Killer especially if you’re a fan of obscure Euro Trash from the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Make sure to order the Greek Horror/Thriller courtesy of Mondo Macabro.

From Mondo Macabro:

Penniless playboy Captain Jim is in hock to his rich older wife, Helen. She has even bought him the fancy yacht that now bears his name. But Jim does not want to be Helen's toy boy any more. He wants to marry his lover, Laura. He pays a psychopathic killer of women to murder Helen so that he will inherit his wife's millions. But the psycho killer has his own plans. Suspecting Jim will double cross him, he engineers a complex scheme that will give him the upper hand. Very much in the style of the violent and baroque "Giallo" thrillers from 1970s Italy, TheWife Killer is a twisted, shocking and brutal exploration of the devious male psyche. Previously only released to cinemas in a cut version, this is the first official DVD release of the film in the U.S., complete and uncensored. He forced his victims to submit to abnormal sexual behavior...

Bonus Features:

Brand new transfer from film negative
Uncut Version
Greek/English audio choices
Newly created optional subtitles
Extensive production notes
Interview with producer
Documentary on Greek Cult Cinema

Mondo Macabro previews

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