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Paranoia

Paranoia

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PARANOIA (1969) aka ORGASMO
The giallo is no longer an unknown or ‘hidden’ genre by any means. Names like Dario Argento have forged an unforgettable legacy (rightfully so) in the cannon of horror and film at large, standing next to greats such as John Carpenter, George Romero, Tobe Hooper and the like. But what perhaps is lost in the conversation is the genre’s rather humble and late 60’s rooted beginnings, which really had much more of a connection to German Krimi films and Gothic Horror of the 50’s than contemporary slashers.
It is in this regard that names such as Umberto Lenzi and Carroll Baker are often overlooked as pioneering directors and actresses of the genre respectively. While Lenzi is by no means unknown in circles of cult film and ‘zombie’ cinema, and Baker enjoyed much overseas success in a diverse and long film career, their essential early gialli laid the groundwork for what later masters of the genre such as Martino and Argento and early scream queens such as Edwige Fenech and Florinda Bolkan would continue to elevate throughout the 70’s.
1969s Paranoia (originally titled Orgasmo) is the first in a trilogy of sorts (many penned by master author / screenwriter Ernest Gastaldi) from Lezni / Baker, and exists as a pivotal giallo of depravity, excess, intrigue, forbidden sex, and murder well dosed in 60’s swing and psychedelia. What may appear ‘tepid’ in terms of ‘horror’ to some in 2023, can most assuredly have been shocking and captivating in 1969 as showcased in this underrated hyper-stylized mysterious masterpiece. In this way Paranoia exists as a wonderful entry point to the giallo, and sets a high bar of tone, texture, style and pacing, with Lenzi / Baker opening the door for the more hallucinogenic and brutal black gloved murders to come.

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