The Washing Machine ★★★★

What a delightfully bizarre and incredibly trashy little giallo! It’s the third Italian horror film I’ve seen that features a washing machine in a murder of some sort, but the first that isn’t from Umberto Lenzi and I’m not sure if Deodato was borrowing from Lenzi here or if washing machines are just generally viewed as killer objects in Italy?

This often borders on softcore porn but never shows quite enough of the actual sex to fall into that category. The women are often naked and the men aren’t. The lead male is quite attractive but only shown shirtless in a shower scene and always clothed during sex so wtf. I mean, I love these movies but they’ve never really had their priorities straight.

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