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Whirlpool (1970)

X | | Drama, Thriller | 1970 (Denmark)
A rich older woman living in a country house brings home a new model to be photographed by a young enigmatic photographer who lives with her. The unsuspecting girl becomes entangled in a web of sex, abuse and death.


José Ramón Larraz (as J.R. Larrath)


José Ramón Larraz (screenplay by) (as J.R. Larrath), Sam Lomberg (based on an idea by)


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Complete credited cast:
Karl Lanchbury ... Theo
Vivian Neves ... Tulia
Pia Andersson ... Sarah
Johanna Hegger Johanna Hegger ... Rhonda
Andrew Grant Andrew Grant ... Tom
Edwin Brown ... Mr. Field
Ernest C. Jennings Ernest C. Jennings ... Old Tramp (as Ernest Jennings)
Larry Dann ... Pub Landlord
Alan Charles ... Eric
Barry Craine Barry Craine ... Inspector (as Barrie Craine)
Sibyla Grey Sibyla Grey ... Olivia
John Davenport John Davenport


A blonde fashion model, Tulia is lured to an isolated country estate by a creepy older woman, Sara. There she meets Theo, orphan and homeless boy who has given a home by Sara. They call each other as aunt and nephew. He is photography-obsessed and even creepier than Sara. Tulia doesn't seem too perturbed to learn that a previous female model, Rhonda that went there has disappeared without a trace, nor does she find it strange that her first night there they get her drunk and engage her in perverse game of strip poker. She almost has sex with the boy while the old woman secretly watches but he isn't able to rise to the occasion. The next day he takes her into town and pays a friend to rip her clothes off and nearly rape her while he takes pictures. This doesn't seem to bother her either because soon she's involved in another bisexual three-way sex/photography session with them. There is also an allusion to the old Bluebeard story-the model has been forbidden to enter the boy's ...

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She died with her boots on... and not much else. See more »


Drama | Thriller


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Denmark | UK



Release Date:

1970 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Perversion Flash See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Production Co:

Athena Film A/S See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film disappeared for several decades until Arrow Video restored it and re-released it on Blu-ray in 2019. See more »

Alternate Versions

British censors cut lesbian sex scenes between Tulia and her aunt, a woodland rape, and a bedtime threesome. See more »


Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories (2001) See more »

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One amazing performance in a well-shot, but really nasty grindhouse classic
18 January 2020 | by AlwoodSee all my reviews

I had read about this notorious, X-rated grindhouse classic for years, and finally watched it over the holidays. It's shockingly brutal, nihilistic and sexual, even by today's standards. The debut feature of Jose Larraz, a Spanish director known for high-end sleaze, a la Jess Franco, it's quite well-shot, but has a script that's nearly non-existent and shamelessly rips-off better, iconic films such as PSYCHO, PEEPING TOM and REBECCA. Lead actress Vivien Neves was a stunning supermodel in her day, but couldn't act wet in a rainstorm. The actress who really made an impression is a Danish woman (it was a co-production between Denmark and Spain, but shot in the UK) named Pia Andersson, as the evil "Aunt Sarah." She has several exquisite moments, mostly without dialogue, where her remarkable face displays a host of emotions, mostly pain and loneliness. And the odd thing is, she seems to have vanished after this film. I can find nothing about her on the 'net. Very strange. The ending, which I'm sure influenced Wes Craven's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT several years later (even more so than Bergman's VIRGIN SPRING, which it shamelessly ripped off) is truly sickening and disturbing, and has stayed with me for the past week, not in a good way. Ultimately, this is one of those films made right after the rating system was established where the sole purpose was "Anything goes!" and boy, does it. Interesting as a time capsule artifact, but ultimately, it's pretty pointless, not to mention very, very nasty.

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