A young woman, having just arrived at an asylum to become its new nurse, has no idea what she has gotten herself into. Not only is her boss, Doctor Vance a little unusual and obviously hiding something, a few of the patients are a little frightening with their various psychoses and there also happens to be a killer on the loose. With secrets and murder running rampant within the hospital’s walls, there is a good chance that she will not make it out alive, or at least so director Elio Scardamaglia
Despite being a somewhat obscure film, The Murder Clinic or La lama nel corpo, is well worth seeking out due to its very moody atmosphere and compelling performances. The very talented William Berger stars as the disgraced Doctor Vance, a man who is made out to be the killer during the first act of the film and it is so obvious, that you wonder if the movie actually holds any surprises going forward. Thankfully, Scardamaglia does a great job of keeping things quite mysterious and soon offers up another person who could be the culprit, not to mention another after that. Though there are a couple of moments where the picture tends to lag a little, for the most part it is quite suspenseful and when you add to the fact that there is something strange going on up on the top floor of the hospital where nobody is allowed to go, the film tends to wander into the horror genre just a little.
Though you could compare this to a great many other films, The Murder Clinic is still quite entertaining and that final scene with the big reveals make it all worthwhile. If you enjoy your giallo with a bit of colour, a good dose of suspense and a surprise or two, this picture delivers on that and more.
3.5 out of 5