Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mill Of The Stone Women (1960) aka Il Mulino Delle Donne Di Pietra aka Drops Of Blood

4 / 5 Sept '10
Tagline: Why do warm-blooded beauties suddenly turn to stone?!
Directed by: Giorgio Ferroni
Written by: Remigio Del Grosso, Giorgio Ferroni
Actors include: Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Wolfgang Preiss
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Nope

This was one intriguing French/Italian film shot around Amsterdam, I was surprised how atmospheric and creepy they managed to make it. The little details like the statues and clay arms and such everywhere were so neat and interesting. It's sort of like a Mario Bava film, only less budget, definitely very gothic in nature. The plot is rather like a mystery, we meet a strange young lady called Elfie, her Brother keeps her nearly prisoner in their castle. When a young suitor called Hans appears and falls for Elfie, but shortly after he watches her die in front of him. Things get really peculiar when Elfie appears again alive, and her Brother claims she never died. It's also worth mentioning that the Brother maintains a carousel of the macabre featuring some eerie statues. It really is a good story (though some things could use a tad more explaining), and I was surprised with how spooky it actually is, well worth discovering. I'm surprised a bigger deal hasn't been made out of this, really quite a treat as long as you are patient.

Availability:  On DVD

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