Perversion Story (1969) (Blu-ray Review)

Perversion Story (1969) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Lucio Fulci
STARRING: Jean Sorel, Marisa Mell, Elsa Martinelli

Jean Sorel (Belle De Jour) stars as an arrogant San Francisco doctor trapped between his sultry mistress (Elsa Martinelli of Blood And Roses) and an amoral stripper (Marisa Mell of Danger: Diabolik) who bears an uncanny resemblance to his recently deceased and possibly murdered wife. What follows has been called Fulci’s first true masterpiece, where sexual obsession, cruel deception and depraved murder all come together in one unforgettable Perversion Story.

Perversion Story or One on Top of the Other is an Italian Giallo from one of my favorite directors ever, Lucio Fulci. While I’m more a fan of his gore-soaked films, this one takes the Giallo elements and adds a bit more to them and creates something a bit different here. The story the movie tells is well done and you are always waiting in suspense for whatever comes next to finally happen to sort it all out. While I wouldn’t put it up there with Fulci’s A Woman in a Lizard’s Skin, it isn’t bad if you dig Fulci, Italian movies, or Giallos in general. There is a lot of erotic tension in this one and there is also the underlying hint of something more sinister as well.

The movie follows a doctor who may or may not have had something to do with the death of his wife. And you’ll probably find yourself jumping back and forth a bit on if you think he did it or not as the movie rolls along. Those are the type of key plot areas this movie has and does very well. If you are into the very Italian side of cinema you’ll like what you get here. The Blu-ray looks very well here as you can tell from the screenshots, so if you are on the fence on buying this one I’d say give it a shot. Especially if you like Fulci films.


– HD presentation of the longer, 108 minutes “European cut” of the film
– English or Italian opening credits options
– English or Italian with optional English subtitles language track options
– BRAND NEW interview with actor Jean Sorel
– BRAND NEW interview with actor Elsa Martinelli
– BRAND NEW interview with critic Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
– Original trailer
– Mondo Macabro previews