In the Folds of the Flesh

In the Folds of the Flesh (Italian: Nelle pieghe della carne) is a 1970 Italian / Spanish giallo film produced and directed by Sergio Bergonzelli.[2] The screenplay was co-written by Fabio De Agostini and Bergonzelli, from a story outline by Mario Caiano. Ferdinando Merighi and Juan Vilches were the assistant directors.

In the Folds of the Flesh
Directed bySergio Bergonzelli
Produced bySergio Bergonzelli[1]
Written byFabio De Agostini
Sergio Bergonzelli
Story byMario Caiano
StarringEleonora Rossi Drago
Anna Maria Pierangeli
Music byJesus Villa Rojo
CinematographyMario Pacheco
Edited byDonatella Baglivo
Talia Films
M.G.B. Cinematografica
Release date
  • 2 May 1970 (1970-05-02)
Running time
88 minutes

It starred Eleonora Rossi Drago and Anna Maria Pierangeli. It was released in Spain as Las endemoniadas ("The Possessed") and years later on French video as La Folle (The Madness).[1]


An escaped convict named Pascal Gorriot happens to witness an attractive woman named Lucille disposing of her second husband Andre's corpse at sea.

Thirteen years later, Andre's cousin shows up at Lucille's villa and he is stabbed to death by Andre's son (Colin) and daughter (Falaise) who are still living there with their mom. They even kill his pet dog who arrived with him. Soon after, another friend of the family moves into the villa and seduces the criminally insane Falaise, who decapitates him afterwards.

The escaped convict returns to the scene, down on his luck, and decides to blackmail Lucille for murdering her husband years earlier. He winds up in an acid bath.

The police investigate the chain of murders going on at the villa. The film even has a brief flashback to a WW2 Nazi death camp, scenes from which were used exploitatvely in the sleeve design of the British Redemption video release.


Critical ReceptionEdit

Adrian Luther Smith commented "The film has enough aberrant behavior and neuroses to keep a conference of psychologists busy for a week...a ridiculous overwrought trash masterpiece.....the film even manages to drag in Etruscan skeletons, squawking vultures and flashbacks to a Nazi death camp.....the multiple beheadings are painfully unconvincing.[3]". He added "The plot is so convoluted and bizarre, it defies serious explanation."


The only uncut VHS release of this film was the letterboxed British Redemption video which ran 88 minutes, and had a BBFC 18 Certificate.[3] Severin Films released what they claim is an uncut "87-minute" print on DVD in 2008, "fully restored from the Italian vault elements".[4] The film was released on video in Argentina as Mansion Sangriamente, in France as La Folle, and in Greece as Felicity.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Luther-Smith, Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 59.
  2. ^ "In the Folds of the Flesh".
  3. ^ a b c Luther-Smith, Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 60.
  4. ^ "In The Folds Of The Flesh".

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