This is a stylish and sexy giallo film from the early 1970s directed by horror maestro Lucio Fulci. A woman called Carol Hammond (played by the Brazilian actress Florinda Bolkan), the daughter of a lawyer and politician, dreams of making love to and then stabbing her gorgeous, sexually promiscuous neighbour (Anita Strindberg) then, lo and behold, it turns out that her neighbour has been brutally murdered for real. The question is, did Carol do it or was it someone else?
This film contains many of the trademark features of 1970s' gialli, including sex, nudity, sudden explosions of violence, strange characters and plot devices and red herrings to throw the viewer off track. Lucio Fulci was one of the masters of this genre and ALIAWS contains some very suspenseful (and occasionally shocking) scenes and there are a couple of scenes that may have influenced Dario Argento for his horror film Suspiria - the chase sequence and the bat attack. This giallo film is unusual in the sense that it is set in England (with some scenes filmed at Woburn Abbey) whereas most gialli are set in Italy.
Fulci assembled a good international cast for this movie, including two great British actors (Stanley Baker and Leo Genn) in important roles and there is an interesting music score by Ennio Morricone. I did however think that more use could have been made of Morricone's provocative main theme featuring superb vocals by Edda Dell'Orso.
If you are not familiar with Lucio Fulci's giallo films then ALIAWS would be a good place to start.