Film #56: KILL THE FATTED CALF AND ROAST IT
Kill the Fatted Calf and Roast it aka Uccidete il Vitello Grasso e Arrostitelo
2.5 out of 5 stars
This one was sold to me as a giallo and, being a huge fan of the genre, I was surprised that I’d not heard of it. I scrounged around a little and found a copy of this lost 1970’s film by Salvatore Samperi and watched it. Sadly, this twisted little tale of an incestuous family coming to grips with the death of their matriarch (and the power struggle that ensues) is decidedly NOT a giallo. See, back in the 70s in Italy, while giallos were fading, there was once a small number of films that were being made that were referred to as “morbid love” movies (think Aristide Massaccesi’s BUIO OMEGA aka BEYOND THE DARKNESS without any of the gore or George Dougdale and Peter Litten’s LIVING DOLL). These films were usually murder mysteries that had elements of incest, necrophilia, and all manner of nefarious things as plot devices. Rather than being a giallo, KILL THE FATTED CALF AND ROAST IT is one of those. The acting in the film is stilted, but decent. The very groovy score is by the great Ennio Morricone. All in all, KILL THE FATTED CALF AND ROAST IT is an innocuously perverted little Italian potboiler that, while not terrific, it certainly isn’t bad. I will say that the ending is weak and it’s one you’ll scratch your head over. Worthwhile mostly for “morbid love” completists only.