4.5 / 5 Mar '10
Directed by: Mario Bava
Written by: Romano Migliorini, Roberto Natale
Actors include: Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali
Length: 85 minutes
I really quite liked this one, elegantly shot, beautiful usage of colors plus the story is fun too. We go to a very unusual town where strange deaths keep happening that are neither accidents nor suicides though they appear as such. We watch a girl jump onto a spiked iron fence to start out with (so we know we are in for a treat) and from there Dr. Eswai is called to perform the autopsy where they find a coin in the heart of the girl. From there we meet various strange people in the town with strange beliefs and some investigation is going on. In the meantime more brutal deaths are taking place, the culprit must be stopped...but who is it? It's filmed in the style of a giallo though it really isn't one I suppose, still it's very elegant and it's obvious that Mario Bava was behind this film. It still has the gratuitity that horror fans will seek, the interesting story and mystery that some will want to solve and it's gorgeous to watch, how could you say no? I do think this is available in several cheapo versions that are probably missing chunks of the story so make sure you get a legit copy because this is one you won't want to miss.
Availability: On DVD