Totally inspired, genuine no-budget filmmaking shot on location in the Bronx. Lacking in most technical aspects and featuring obvious non-actors, this still succeeds because you can just feel the serious DIY vibe through every shot. There's nothing exploitive about this at all, despite that misleading poster. It's a straight inner-city, kitchen sink drama and it totally took me by surprise by how earnest it is. The lead Angelo Lopez has this really amateurish charm that's all bluster and somehow it all works. Loved it.
Another Sergio Martino sleazefest done with a style and skill that only Argento could top. This one's a bit of a trick because the giallo element only goes about halfway before Martino breaks this movie wide open into something out of Edgar Allan Poe and even Hitchcock. It's totally unexpected and keeps you guessing at what the hell he's going to show you next. Edwige Fenech plays a stronger character than she usually does and that's half the fun of the movie. Definitely one of Martino's best, if not the best of his career.