Also known as The Sensuous Doll and Sweet Spirits (or in Italy, La rossa dalla pelle che scotta AKA The Redhead with Hot Skin), this one is…well, I don’t even know if I’d call it a giallo. I’d actually say that it has to fit in there because what else would you call it? A mannequin movie?
Farley Granger is John Ward, a starving — and drunken — artist who transforms a faceless mannequin that he gets from a gaggle of hippies (is that the right word for a group of them?) into a work of art that eventually becomes a real living and breathing woman that he starts to abuse, so she starts sleeping around. Seeing as how that woman is Erika Blanc, you can see how much I hate our protagonist.
Of course, by the end, he’s offering up his soul for one more night in her bed. So is this a supernatural film? Whatever it is, it’s way darker than the 80s would make a mannequin film. Or two on the move.
Do you think Farley Granger muttered to director Renzo Russo (The Kinky Darlings), “You know, I deserve better than this. I was in two Hitchcock movies!”? I’m sure that Erika Bella was like, “Yeah? I was in The Devil’s Nightmare and A Man for Emmanuelle! So there!”
I’d like to think so.