Saturday, June 27, 2009

Short Night of the Glass Dolls (1971) aka La Corta Notte Delle Bambole di Vetro aka Paralyzed aka Das Todessyndrom aka Kratka noc Leptira aka Unter de

 4.5 / 5 Jun '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Aldo Lado
Written by: Ernesto Gastaldi, Aldo Lado
Actors include: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Barbara Bach
Genre: Horror
Length: 92 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Italy/West Germany/Yugoslavia

This Giallo takes place in Prague and it revolves around a reporter who Doctors believe to be dead...only he isn't! Luckily the Doctors decide to try to revive him even though they think he's beyond hope. From there it's kinda split up between past and present as we learn about his girlfriend Mira (the glassy eyed Barbara Bach) who disappears. We watch the reporter try to put the pieces together and figure out what's going on before it's too late...or is it too late already? It's an interesting story driven film that is visually gorgeous and disturbing in a way. It's creatively assembled and although a bit confusing at first it's really quite easy to get into otherwise. Ennio made a beautifully depressing soundtrack for this film to put the icing on the cake. It's definitely a film that gialli fans will want to see, but although it's a bit bloody it's far from one of the more gruesome ones. One to watch, but maybe not the first one to aim for!

Availability:  On DVD

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