Not that you need the inside scoop, but I’ve been writing a lot for the day job, and that means writing less for Mezzanotte. And of course, when I do get around to writing a new review, I waste the effort on…


In 1972, Fernando Di Leo wrote and directed Caliber 9, rightfully considered one of the best crime films of the 1970s. He followed up with The Italian Connection that same year, then The Boss in 1973. Like Caliber 9, they are considered high water marks in global crime cinema. But in 1971, he still had to pay some dues, and Slaughter Hotel extracts a high fee indeed. It is is a deeply, satisfyingly absurd film on almost level that reflects both the burgeoning popularity of the stylish giallo film and the relaxing of censorship laws across Europe and the United States. One of those two things was much more important to Slaughter Hotel than the other.

Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.

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