Archive for October, 2013
Legendary Italian genre filmmaker Stelvio Massi takes a rare foray into the heady, be-gloved milieu of the schlocky Giallo. And for my money it makes for a diverting piece, besides it’s somewhat curious seeing Francis ‘Dracula’ Matthews in such unfamiliar surroundings! The only other Giallo I am aware Massi shot was the much-loved ‘The Case of The Bloody Iris’ starring the delightful, yet curiously monikered Edwige Fenech. Massi is generally known for his boisterous euro-crime efforts, but he is a more than capable director whose CV boasts some rather exemplary titles.
Absolutely stonking psycho-drama with some impressive giallo kills: gonzoid blood smears on the walls; wild razor slashings; insensate female gabbling; lurid, fish-eye-lensed dream sequences? It’s all here with a few inches of greasy cock to spare; Man! I love Larraz’s work! And the hard-sex lounge score by Casto Dario even breaks into some killer go-go-girl, hot-titty funk! Sexual chocolate, baby! It’s nutball fare like this that keeps my waning interest in cinema alive.
Finally! A nice copy of this hugely underrated film starring the incomparably lovely Marisa Mell, with a sterling performance from Stephen Boyd. For the life of me I can’t quite see why this film isn’t appreciated; not only is the acting of a particularly high standard, the dark, gonzoid psychodrama is handled especially well. Another euro-cult gem ripe for rediscovery.
Wonderfully atmospheric thriller from director Sauro Scavolini; a brooding, elegaic tale of emotional violence starring that delicious redhead Erika Blanc and the voluptuous Orchidea ‘Devil in The Brain’ De Santis. Masterful stuff that reminded me of the equally neo-gothic piece ‘Anima Persa’. An octogenarian professor hires an ostensibly deserted, dilapidated mansion for his study of rare bird call, and discovers, in true-blue gialli stylee, a stone-cold, hyper-sexual, dark tale of incest, infidelity and escalating madness. There is a decidedly decadent whiff of Hitchcock in this deadly tale of twisted desire and dreadful deceit; and it is rendered with considerably more restraint than arch schlock-meister Dario Argento. I just discovered that Suaro Scavolini wrote ‘The Case of The Scorpions Tale’, ‘you vice is a locked room and only I have the key’ and ‘All the colours of the dark’ - so his giallo credits are unimpeachable! ‘Love & Death in The Garden of the Gods is worthy of re-discovery.