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Historical interest mostly
written by wes2666 January 4, 2005 - 9:21 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This police procedural/supernatural thriller is one of Mario Bava's earliest directorial efforts...and you can tell. The storytelling is flat and plodding--every time I expected a red herring, it turned out to be the real shock moment leaving me thinking "that's it?"--and there isn't a hint of an attempt to ratchet up the tension.

Of course, since this is Bava movie, it is full of beautiful black and white compositions, imaginative set decoration, and seamless trick photography; probably the best in-camera aging effect I have ever seen.

This is worth a rental if you enjoy crisp-looking b+w thrillers or are a Euro-horror completist, otherwise give it a pass and watch "The Girl Who Knew Too Much."

Italians Talk Fast; Subtitles Blur By
written by MGuillen December 23, 2003 - 3:49 PM PST
I certainly enjoyed the look of this movie, familiarizing myself with the cinematic eye of Mario Bava, but, must complain abit about how difficult the subtitles were to read. Let alone that the Italians are "chatty" in this movie, trying to keep up with reading the subtitles and watching the movie would have been difficult enough in itself were it not for the fact that the subtitles are in a kind of trembling yellow font, often illegible. Too bad really. Otherwise, the movie is worthwhile.

Black and White Bava
written by JGillespie July 22, 2003 - 12:56 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Mario Bava began directing in the era of black and white films. This is an exceptional film from that period. If you liked Black Sunday or The Girl Who Knew Too Much, you'll enjoy this. It's not too hard to guess how it will all end because every movie based on the Elizabeth Bathory legend (evil woman regains her youth by draining the blood of young women) will have a similar conclusion, but this version cleverly combines a stock vampire scenario with a mad doctor. No big surprises here, but Bava's magical cinematography makes this a must.


(Average 7.07)
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