Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Imperial Swordsman
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
  Oedipus Orca It's all teenage girls' fault, see?
Year: 1977
Director: Eriprando Visconti
Stars: Rena Niehaus, Gabriele Ferzetti, Carmen Scarpitta, Miguel Bosé, Pierro Faggioni
Genre: Drama, Sex, WeirdoBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Only in Italy, or possibly Japan, could a Marxist kidnap-sexploitation thriller with an underage girl spawn a sequel. Picking up right after the climax of La Orca (1976), Oedipus Orca opens as the police return teenage kidnap victim Alice Valerio (Rena Niehaus) to her wealthy parents, Enrico (Gabriele Ferzetti) and Irene (Carmen Scarpitta). Traumatised after shooting her captor and rapist dead, Alice remains angry her father refused to pay the ransom. So she sulks around the house, snaps at her parents and fends off boyfriend Umberto, who can’t quite grasp why a rape victim is so unenthusiastic about fooling around. On a trip to the country, Alice revisits the shack where she was held captive and reminisces about her ordeal whilst masturbating in bed. Things get really heated when Irene introduces an old family friend, Lucio, whom Alice comes to suspect is her real father, thus explaining why Enrico has always treated her so coldly. None of which explains why Alice sets out to seduce Lucio with fatal results.

Although this sequel falls short of the original’s insulting suggestion the misguided kidnapper-rapist is more sympathetic than his spoiled little rich girl victim by virtue of being working class, it retains a strain of spurious sociopolitical sermonising that sits awkwardly amidst scenes of outright sexploitation. Some sources claim the actor playing Lucio is actually filmmaker Eriprando Visconti, evidently preferring a hands-on approach to directing former Playboy Playmate Rena Niehaus, who was mercifully a good few years older than her schoolgirl character. Oedipus Orca falls into a uniquely Italian subgenre of morbid psychosexual dramas aimed at satirising the bourgeoisie. While its basic thesis, that the rich value wealth above even their own children, seemingly cuts right to the heart of Italian society, the scattershot approach fails to raise a single lucid point. Even worse, although Visconti exhibits a little more sympathy for Alice this time round, the film persists in characterising this troubled teenager as some sort of mythological siren driven to lure men to their doom. “You’re a monster”, says Umberto, having failed in his attempt to feel her up. Characters continually tell Alice she is crazy and the film seems to agree, failing to address her obvious issues. Umberto again sums up the film’s attitude to Alice towards the finale where he basically abandons her saying he is sick of her neuroses.

Whilst the flashbacks recycling footage from the original film serve a purpose, they still smack of padding. The main plot meanders interminably with characters gabbing endlessly but saying little of merit, intercut with pointless sex scenes including Irene performing oral sex on Enrico and Alice screwing Umberto openly in front of Lucio’s voyeuristic gaze. Their sexual liaison makes little sense but then none of the characters behave like rational human beings, even when factoring into account the after-effects of the kidnapping ordeal. All the female characters get naked, including Alice’s little sister, for no obvious reason beyond titillation. Despite the muddled characterisations and the lingering sense the script was written by pseudo-intellectuals with suspect attitudes towards women, the performances are uncommonly strong including Niehaus, who remarkably spoke no Italian at the time. Animal lovers will abhor the unecessary sequence set in a real slaughterhouse that features graphic images of cows being slaughtered and disembowelled.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam


This review has been viewed 5737 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M


Last Updated: