Monday, June 1, 2009

4 Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) aka 4 Mosche Di Velluto Grigio aka 4 Patches of Grey Velvet aka The Four Velvet Flies

 4.5 / 5 Jun '09
Tagline: When the flies start to crawl, so will your flesh...
Directed by: Dario Argento
Written by: Dario Argento
Actors include: Mimsy Farmer, Michael Brandon, Jean-Pierre Marielle
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 104 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Italy/France

This is a rather strange one, sort of more experimental than I'm used to from Argento, but it definitely pays off. The story is about a rock drummer who is being bothered by a strange man. He meets up with the man and accidentally stabs him, the big problem is that somebody saw! Now he is being bothered and threatened and he has to figure out who knows what before it's too late for him and his girlfriend (Mimsy Farmer). It's extremely stylish and psychedelic in places, and although it's far from the bloodiest gialli I've seen it's got one of the most interesting tales! For as surreal as some of the film is artistically it still makes perfect sense as does the conclusion making it extremely satisfying (even if it's not the trickiest to figure out). I really enjoyed watching this one, especially since it's one of the Argentos that seems to rarely be mentioned I think it's nearly as good as his most famous works!

Availability:  On DVD

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