Orgasmo is a 1969 giallo film starring Carroll Baker and Lou Castel and directed by Umberto Lenzi. This film helped launch the second phase of Baker’s career, during which she became a regular star in Italian productions. Orgasmo was released in the USA under the title Paranoia. It was one of the first films to carry an X rating in the United States under the newly-established Motion Picture Association film rating system.
Orgasmo was released in Italy on February 7, 1969. The Italian version of Orgasmo has a different ending than the American version (Paranoia). The film’s title has led to confusion, for its USA release was retitled Paranoia. Umberto Lenzi‘s next film (which also starred Carroll Baker) was released as Paranoia in Italy in 1970, but was retitled A Quiet Place to Kill for its USA release.
Like other early giallo films, Orgasmo was not popular among Italian film audiences upon its initial theatrical release, as the genre never gained popularity in its home country until the release of Dario Argento‘s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971), but it was a major hit outside of Italy.
color, stereo, fullscreen, DVD-R contains both versions – the US dub (91 minutes), and the original Italian version with optional English subtitles (89 minutes).
DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic.