A Quiet Place to Kill

A Quiet Place to Kill (Italian: Paranoia) is a 1970 giallo film directed by Umberto Lenzi.[2][3][4]

A Quiet Place to Kill
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Rafael Romero Marchent
  • Marcello Coscia[1]
Music byGregorio Garcia Segura[1]
CinematographyGuglie Imo Mancori [1]
Edited by
  • Antonio Ramirez
  • Enzo Alabiso[1]
  • Tritone Filmindustria
  • Medusa Cinematografica
  • D.I.A.[1]
Release date
  • February 20, 1970 (1970-02-20) (Italy)
Running time
94 minutes


Helen, a race-car driver whose life, both personal and professional, is in a rapid downfall, is invited by her ex-husband Maurice's new wife Constance to stay at their plush estate. The two women form a bond, and it is not long before their mutual dislike for the husband culminates into a plan to kill him. Their plan to murder Maurice on a sailing trip goes awry, and Constance is accidentally killed instead. Helen and her ex seize the moment and dispose of Constance's corpse at sea, but when the dead woman's daughter Susan arrives, the young lady begins to suspect that her mother has been murdered.



A Quiet Place to Kill was released in Italy on February 20, 1970 as Paranoia.[5] It was released in Spain as Una droga llamada Helen (lit. A Drug Named Helen).[6]

Other international releases titled the film A Quiet Place to Kill, as Lenzi's earlier film Orgasmo (1969) had been released internationally as Paranoia.[6] The film was released in the United States in 1973.[6]


The Monthly Film Bulletin described the film as "both sluggish and scrappy, with Lenzi bravely throwing up a screen of object-fixated camerawork and fidgety focusing, but not receiving much help from his players."[1]



  1. Combs, Richard (1973). "Paranoia (A Quiet Place to Kill)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 40 no. 468. British Film Institute. p. 105.
  2. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi & Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  3. Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  4. Marco Giusti (1999). Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer. ISBN 8820029197.
  5. Firsching, Robert. "Paranoia (1969)". AllMovie. Archived from the original on August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  6. Luther-Smith 1999, p. 95.


  • Luther-Smith, Adrian (2015). 'Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing.
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