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348 Ratings

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave (Excite Me / Gently Before She Dies)

Directed by Sergio Martino
Italy, 1972
Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  • Italian
  • English


Writer Oliviero is an abrasive drunk who amuses himself by holding drunken orgies at his grand country manor—much to the displeasure of his long-suffering wife. But this decadence is soon rocked by a series of grisly murders, in which Oliviero finds himself implicated.

Our take

Sergio Martino’s wonderfully titled film is a loose Italian adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story, “The Black Cat.” This being Italian genre cinema of the 1970s, of course, it’s equal parts horror and eroticism: a lurid giallo where nearly everyone ends up nude—or dead.

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key Directed by Sergio Martino

Critics reviews

Aided by Bruno Nicolai’s lush score, Martino is able to maintain an atmosphere of swank decadence that lives up to the title, with the threat of hook knife throat-slashings always looming. As if to prove he’s not over-serious, Martino also makes room for a long motorbike race that foreshadows a later tragedy.
April 05, 2017
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Never tops its opening sequence, decadent rich dude humiliating beautiful wife before a roomful of dirty hippies, who promptly start to undress and chant a haunting song – the mix of Euro-sleaze, psychological cruelty and ethereal ambience is superb.
April 11, 2015
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