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5 Dolls for an August Moon (1969)

Cast: Renato Rossini, Renato Rossini, Edwige Fenech, more...
Director: Mario Bava, Mario Bava
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Foreign, Italy, Giallo
Running Time: 78 min.
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
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Recently Rented By scholarwarrior

Legendary horror director Mario Bava did not want to make this standard thriller, and it certainly bears the lackadaisical mark of a contractual-obligation film. The plot is yet another variant on the Ten Little Indians story, with an inventor taking a group of investors to an island, where they are murdered one by one by an unseen killer. There are picturesque beach scenes and some well-composed images of bodies hanging in a meat locker, but it has all been done before, and better. The visuals are stylish and the production design is sleek, but the familiar storyline drags and the film never reaches the delirious frenzy of such Bava classics as Antefatto despite the best efforts of a cast including Edwige Fenech, Renato Rossini, and William Berger.
~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

There's better Bava out there -- by GGoodsell December 25, 2005 - 8:32 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Director Mario Bava's heart wasn't in this very conventional murder mystery and it shows. Focusing on a group of bored and boring rich people trapped on an island, this film is remembered solely for the scene of glass balls bouncing down a staircase, finally resting around the bathtub where a bloody murder victim sits. There's so much better Bava out there such as KILL, BABY KILL, HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD, BLOOD AND LACE. Get cracking.

Bravo Bava by JGillespie July 22, 2003 - 7:25 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This movie delivers everything one expects from a Mario Bava giallo: excellent photography, a suspenseful plot, and a twist ending. As the guests are murdered one by one, the survivors stranded on the island decide to keep the bodies in the walk-in freezer (I guess to leave some evidence for the police?) next to a side of beef. It's an interesting visual motif as each new victim gets added. If you like the giallo genre of if you're a fan of Hitchcock, this movie will make you happy.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.25)
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