2/21/11

What Have You Done to Solange?

Also Known As

  • ¿Qué habéis hecho con Solange? (Spain)
  • Das Geheimnis der grünen Stecknadel (Germany)
  • Mais... qu'avez vous fait à Solange? (France)
  • Mannen i svart (Sweden)
  • Que Fizeram a Solange? (Portugal)
  • Solange (UK) (video box title)
  • Terror in the Woods (USA)
  • The School That Couldn't Scream (USA)
  • The Secret of the Green Pins (USA)
  • Tromos sto parthenagogeio (Greece)
  • Vahset - Solange'e ne yaptiniz? (Turkey) (Turkish title)
  • Viasmos sto parthenagogeio (Greece) (reissue title)
  • What Have They Done to Solange? (USA)
  • What Have You Done to Solange? (UK) (video title)
  • Who Killed Solange?
  • Who's Next? (UK)

Main Details

  • Released in 1972
  • Color
  • Running Time: Italy:103 min | UK:102 min | West Germany:96 min
  • Production Co: Italian International Film | Clodio Cinematografica | Rialto Film Preben-Philipsen (as Rialto Film Preben Philipsen GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Distribution Co: Italian International Film (1972) (Italy) (theatrical) | American International Pictures (AIP) (1975) (USA) (as "Terror in the Woods") | Constantin Film (1972) (Germany) (theatrical)

Cast and Crew

  • Directed by Massimo Dallamano
  • Written by Bruno Di Geronimo, Massimo Dallamano
  • Starring Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Karin Baal, Joachim Fuchsberger, Günther Stoll, Camille Keaton
  • Produced by Leo Pescarolo, Fulvio Lucisano, Horst Wendlandt
  • Original Music by Ennio Morricone
  • Cinematography by Joe D'Amato (as Aristide Massaccesi)
  • Film Editing by Antonio Siciliano, Clarissa Ambach 
    I had never seen What Have You Done to Solange until I decided to review it for this blog.  I didn't have the highest of expectations but I was more than pleasantly surprised.  This is one of the best giallo (Italian whodunit) films that I have ever seen.  Just when you think you know what is going to happen, everything changes and then when you think you know who the killer is, you are wrong.  The film keeps you guessing the whole time, adding new elements and plot twists until the very end.
    The film begins with an Italian born teacher having an adulterous affair with one of his English Catholic schoolgirl students.  That's right, our protagonist is an Italian pedophile. He and his underage lover are out on a romantic rowboat rendezvous when she witnesses a man in dark robes shove a butcher knife up the nether regions of a female classmate on the riverbank.
    When news of the murder comes out and other girls start dying in the same manner, Henry -the Italian pedophile- is linked to the first crime through a dropped pen at the murder scene, but he cannot reveal his reason for being there because his German wife would find out about the affair.  He is therefore implicated in the murders by a pipe smoking detective, Inspector Barth.  Eventually convinced of Henry's innocence, these two team up to investigate these gruesome murders and reveal the story of Solange.  Who is killing these girls?  Who the hell is Solange?  Will a pedophile be allowed to continue teaching gym class?  You will have to watch to find out.
    What Have You Done to Solange is a pretty great film.  If you are a fan of murder mysteries or just like ample violence and boobies in your movies, this one's for you.  In my opinion, this film is on par with or possibly even better than the gialli of the masters Argento, Fulci and Bava.  I highly recommend it.
    Violence Rating: 3.75 out of 5
    Booby Rating:  4 out of 5



      30 comments:

      Zahk! said...

      Sounds pretty good.

      Blunders From 6 Foot 2 said...

      Looks fairly decent!

      blundersfrom6foot2.blogspot.com

      ed said...

      needs higher booby rating for me to watch

      D4 said...

      I wanna seeeee

      Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

      Who calls their kid 'Solange'?

      cooperlife said...

      the music by Ennio Morricone was pretty fucking awesome if I may say so myself.

      Teutorix said...

      Thats a lot of names for one movie!
      And yeah more boobies would be appreciated.

      Laughing Vault said...

      sounds interesting

      elexerdelex said...

      Looks good! (@obi-wan, it was the 70's, everybody had weird names...)

      Snaz said...

      Never heard of it, but another interesting pick, thanks for the post!

      TheInternetView said...

      Wow. What language was this NOT translated into?

      Bassislv said...

      looks very interesting, added to my watch list

      Rawr said...

      sounds nice :D

      The Angry Lurker said...

      Good to know, might search it out.Thanks.

      Con Queso said...

      lol, I'd like to see a pedophilia come up in movies today, wonder how everyone would react.

      Ion762 said...

      always amuses me to see how some lower grade movies have like a million different titles lol

      Rob said...

      Might have to check it out!

      Rabidmoose said...

      Never heard of this one, I'll check it out.

      Tasos said...

      "Viasmos sto parthenagogeio" FTW!! I haven't gone anywhere, man! :D Don't worry

      thenitefalls said...

      I'm a fan of mystery and boobies so I'll be checking this out :D

      The Governor said...

      Never heard of it...till now!

      Aaron M. Gipson said...

      Man, this site is fantastic! Great homage to a way too overlooked genre of cinema. Will be following from here on out. This film has a high enough booby rating for me I think LOL

      Major.Mack said...

      im gonna check this out. i like this site

      Shutterbug said...

      I like murder mysteries. This might be a movie that I just might enjoy! Thanks for the review. And keep up the good work! ;)

      Bart said...

      highschool girls and creepy dudes with mustaches, cant go wrong. 100% legit

      CrazyJuan said...

      4.5/5 boobies rating? Sweet jiggly wigglies, I must watch this movie.

      Patti D. said...

      Bobbie rating? I haven't seen that on IMDB

      Alan said...

      sounds exciting. but murders, pedos. not my type.

      Jack Bosworth said...

      Loved this movie, followed cause your blog is awesome. Please check out my page and do the same :)

      !sense! said...

      I like I like

      Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...