30 Sep 2012

WEEK 72: Visiting Hours




Alternate Titles : Get Well Soon, The Fright
Year: 1982
Reviews / Author Comments due: 6/10/2012
DPP Status: Removed from list Nov 1984
BBFC Status: Passed with 1m10secs cut in 1986 (Listed as Uncut, as the version submitted was the previously cut X-rated cut
IMDB: LINK
Wikipedia: LINK



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29 Sep 2012

Unhinged - Lisa's Review

*** SPOILERS *** (but not the one that matters)

Well after 2 weeks of good movies, I couldn't expect another good 'un and indeed I didn't get one. It wasn't a 'bad' movie as such, mainly the acting irritated me.  I found it very hard to get past the actors in the movie appearing like they were reading (very slowly) from a sheet without any prior reads or practise.

When the movie starts with 3 pretty girls (Gloria, Terri & Nancy) happily heading off to a concert in a car, hearing about the disappearance of lots of pretty young women, it doesn't take a genius to work out where the movie is headed.  The weather takes a turn for the worse and they come off the road and into a ditch.

We then move to a mansion in the middle of nowhere.  An elderly woman in a wheelchair (Mrs Penrose) and her very wierd daughter (Marion) live there.  There is also a rather odd man who seemed to be a jack of all trades, including a medical professional?  They have taken them in.  Terri & Nancy are fine and should be ok to leave in the morning, but Gloria is unconscious and the old woman and her daughter suggest the girls wait until they can leave with their friend.

It becomes very clear that the old woman is not a very nice person.  She spends the entire time she is on film lambasting men and how evil and nasty they are.  It seems to stem from her hatred of her ex husband, her infidelity and the suggested interference with a child.   She also seems to think her very odd looking daughter is having it away with a never-ending list of men (chance would be a fine thing).  We are also shown her son, who is presented as a wierd, unkempt man who lives outside and likes to peep at ladies taking showers.  We find out he is Mrs Penrose's son, who she refused to acknowledge when her hatred of men started.  Marion looks after him.

So, the scene is pretty much set.  Most regular horror viewers could write the rest of the story with ease.  Slot in some whispered 'Things don't seem quite right' from the 2 conscious girlies (No sh*t Sherlock!).
The inevitable need to go for help which leads to the obvious death of 1 girl (which has so many disappointments, I won't even start).
The 'coming to' of our unconscious lady and repeat of our 'Things don't seem quite right' conversation.
A slightly less disappointing death of a second girl (perhaps because it happens off screen).
Hinting to the possible murderer.
A bit of back story.
1 remaining girl getting to the bottom of everything and a bloody ending.

That pretty much has it covered, anything else that happens is incidental, except that is for the ending!  Yes its bloody and yes our murderer is revealed, but the twist when it comes is one that surprised me.  I loved the twist and I'm surprised I didn't consider it before.  I was finding the movie pretty hard going, in that the acting was really getting to me and the storyline was achingly predictable, so perhaps I wasn't engaged enough with the movie to be 'thinking' about possibilities.

In short, this was a poor movie with terrible acting, but it is saved from being absolutely awful, to being just about watchable with a clever and dark ending.  Is it worth sitting through an hour and a half for the ending?  Hmmm I'm not so sure.  For those of us who are doing 'The Nasties' challenge, certainly.  For die hard horror fans, probably.  For people wanting a bit of gore for a nights entertainment, probably not.


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Unhinged - Will's Review

When 3 girls on a road-trip have a car accident in an area known for 'disappearing' girls, they are taken in by a strange mother / daughter combo, and forced to wait out a storm. When one of them decides to brave the woods alone to cut to a nearby town with a phone, it (quite predictably) isn't long before she joins the numbers of the missing...

Only last month I was talking about how a bad ending can ruin an otherwise fine movie, and why a great ending can elevate an average film; This time it was defiantly the latter!
The bulk of the movie is, while badly acted, at least quite well paced - we learn things at a decent rat, and the low body-count never really stands out.

That said, the time-scale of the events depicted seems a little odd - day seems to become night with alarming regularity, while the characters will act like mere minuets have passed (at one point our heroin wakes in the morning to find her bed-ridden friend missing, then suddenly it's nightfall, bus she's still barley casually interested as to her friend's whereabouts).

So there are enough flaws to take the otherwise compelling story about the Mother figure of the houses hatred of all men, and drag it down to, as I have said, and average movie.

It's quite obvious that there is going to be a twist; but rather than try to hide the fact, the film makers have chosen to hint at a dozen different potabilities - this of course means that when the twist is finally revealed, it will be something you've considered; but (for me at least) only briefly, and certainly not so seriously that it ruins the surprise.

Because of the acting and strange passage of time, I cant quite bring myself to stick the "Will Recommends" tag on this one... but I still think you should check it out.

Body Count: 4 (and a few pieces)
Boob Count: 2 Pairs
Most Memorable Death: AXE!



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23 Sep 2012

WEEK 71: Unhinged




Year: 1982
Reviews / Author Comments due: 29/9/2012
DPP Status: Removed from list MONTH 1985 
BBFC Status: Passed uncut in 2004
IMDB: LINK
Wikipedia: LINK
DVD: LINK




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22 Sep 2012

Twitch Of The Death Nerve - Lisa's Review

*** SPOILERS ***

My flabber is well and truely gast this week!  2 movies worthy of a 'Recommends' tag from me in 2 weeks!! What is the world coming to?  I really enjoyed this weeks movie, on pretty much every level.  I knew from the opening scene, it was very likely that this was a good 'un.   The cinematography in this movie is cracking! I loved how they used the camera, lighting and staging.  In the opening scene alone, the filming of our first victims home (from inside and outside) is just stunning.

The first person we see on screen is an elderly Countess who happens to be in a wheelchair.  After a view around her beautiful home and a staging of a peaceful if perhaps lonely evening, the peace is disturbed by our first murderer (you'll see why I say that later) as he drapes a noose around her neck and kicks her wheelchair away from under her.  Inevitably she chokes... what's it called when someone kills you by hanging?  Choking? Strangling? Hmmm I don't know.   The acting here is very believable, no need for over dramatics.  I also liked how they had her breathe her last at the same time the wheels on her wheelchair stopped spinning, everything stops.  The killer also leaves a fake suicide note.

So we're pretty shocked for a murder to happen so fast, even moreso when the camera pans up and shows us the murderer!! What is this I think?  While my brain in trying to comprehend what they may be trying to do, an unknown person sneaks in and stabs our murderer to death!  A whole can of worms spilleth forth!
So whats going on?  Well it seems our Countess has refused to sell her property which has put an end to plans for the bay on which her property sits to be redeveloped.  Very early on we are let in on the fact that the Countesses killer is in fact her husband (Donati), who is plotting along with a creepy, sleazy property developer (Frank Ventura) to bump her off so he can pocket the cash and Frank can go ahead with the redeveolpment.   He has no idea that Donati has been murdered, so our first whodunnit is presented.

We have numerous characters who have a motive, but as the movie progresses they all seem to be killing one other off narrowing down the possibilities.  The Countess has an illegitimate son, Simon who is a rough and ready sort who likes biting live Squid (Yick!),  she also has a daughter, Renata who has no knowledge of Simons existence, Renata has a weary willy of a husband Albert.  We also have Venturas partner Laura.  A local entomologist, Paolo who wants to protect the bay and his very odd wife Anna (who bears more than a passing resemlance to Marc Bolan).

Intermingled within the story 4 teenagers (2 couples) are thrown into the mix.  We don't get to know them and they seem to be there purely as murder victims as they all meet their end rather dramatically.  One skinny-dipping girl comes across the body of Donati in the bay (A special mention has to go to a later scene of the body with a live octopus squirming around it... HORRID!).  As she runs in terror, she is followed and killed rather impressively with a large machete type weapon.  This was the least impressive death however as when she was supposed to be dead, you can clearly see her breathing (I hate that).  Next her boyfriend is dispatched in the most impressive kill (imho) of the movie by way of the same machete to the face. Great effect here.  It even shows the removal of the machete.  One thing I was really impressed with in this movie was the quality of the effects and makeup for a movie make in 1971.  The blood was a bit off in its colour, but apart from that, the effects were pretty spot on.  Lastly for these 4, the other couple who have retired to a bedroom in a house they have broken into, they are victim to a double impaling while enjoying themselves.... Hmmm I wonder where Friday the 13th got the idea.  So pretty pointless really, but entertaining I suppose.

So the movie goes on twisting and turning through all the remaining characters doing away with them all and proving an amusing moment when one murderer gets all queasy because some blood splashes onto his hand from a victim who is being impaled on the end of a spear.

I liked how this movie had numerous killers and you knew what people were bound to be guilty but didn't know exactly who did what and who would be left.  As we are left with our survivor(s), we are even treated to a last twist (which I won't give away).  I'm not sure what I made to this, it seemed a bit daft, maybe it was poorly executed.  Interesting and ironic but not perhaps how I would have ended things.

In conclusion, superbly shot, great effects, good acting, solid storyline, held my attention.  One of my favourites on the list definately.

Gets my 'Recommended' rating.


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Twitch of the Death Nerve - Will's Review

Not quite a slasher (misses one of the essential ingredients) but defiantly an influence on the slashers that would follow (parts of this movie would be remade virtually shot for shot a decade later in 'Friday the 13th part II') Twitch of the Death Nerve is an important and interesting film, if only from a historical point of view.

Opening with 2 kills, and with a kill on average every 10 mins thereafter, I can't quite decide if I was entertained; but it was impossible to be board...

MILD-ISH SPOILERS FOLLOW
Like last week's movie, this one had a very short lived whodunit element, but this time, rather than changing MO and becoming a kidnapper, the killer is killed.

And then his killer is killed too.

And so fourth.

The plot focuses around an inheritance; it seems that a countess (the movies first kill) was all that stands between a beautiful bay, and a profitable commercialisation; and with her dead, the race is on to become heir to the bay.

Her stepdaughter shows up, it turns out she has a illegitimate son, the lawyer behind the proposed development wants his papers signed at any cost, some residents would do anything to protect the bay, and it seems that not one person in the movie is afraid to kill to get what they want.

This is the missing element that separates this movie from a slasher; a single, seemingly unstoppable, killer.

For all it's verity and frequency of kills, the number of killers, and complex (but thankfully comprehensible) plot keep this one firmly rooted in galio teretory.

And quite right too; they'll be plenty of time for slashers in the coming decade.

Body count: 13
Boob count: 2 pairs
Animal body Count: 1 bug
Most memorable Death: The semi-ironic 'twist'

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16 Sep 2012

Week 70: Twitch Of The Death Nerve




Alternate Titles : A Bay of Blood, Bay of Blood, Reazione a Catena, Antefatto, Bloodbath, Bloodbath: Bay of Death, Bloodbath Bay of Blood, Carnage, Before the Fact: Ecology of a Crime, The Ecology of a Crime, Before the Fact, Last House on the Left Part 2, New House on the Left
Year: 1981
Reviews / Author Comments due: 22/09/2012
DPP Status: Successfully prosecuted 
IMDB: LINK
Wikipedia: LINK
DVD: LINK







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15 Sep 2012

The Toolbox Murders - Will's Review

Maybe I was just in the right frame of mind, maybe I'd hate it on a re-watch, but I'm going to come right out and say it; I loved the hell out of this movie.

For that reason, I'm going to tell you why you should see it, then hang around after the jump, wielding spoilers and waiting for you to join me and shoot shit about a fun little movie.

The first 20 mins or so deliver everything you'd expect from a movie with this title and this poster - within the first 15 mins you'll have seen (or not seen - sadly most of the good stuff happens off screen) 4 women and girls, in various states of undress, killed by a dude with a toolbox (polite too, he lets one girl finish masturbating before he announces his presence; just because you're about to murder a sinner is no excuse to ruin their evening!)

Fun ride though that is, it could quickly have got dull. Thankfully, a girl is kidnapped, rather than killed, the police turn up and briefly, we have a whodunit.

This also could have got pretty dull, pretty fast; especially as it's quite obvious who did 'dunnit' - the murders are all in an apartment building, and the first victim explicitly says that she was expecting the (unseen by us) killer to come, as she had called him days ago to come fix a tap!

Fear not though; the film-makers have got you covered; confirming our suspicion quickly and becoming a 'captured girl and psychotic captor' price.

Brilliant!

Now go away and watch it, then come back here.

SPOILERS FOLLOW:
Okay, so it would have been nice to SEE some of the gore, and a couple of permanences could have been better, script wise though; I'd change 2 things:

The farcical police investigation: a little more investigating and a little less trying to hook-up with the missing girls mum would have been a good start, and I don't think the real police encourage teenagers to solve murders and kidnappings themselves.

The ending... in fact screw it; I'm going to go fan-edit that, right now:...

Okay, for those who haven't seen the movie, but have decided to read this review anyway, you need to know that the young man is the nephew of the killer / kidnapper; he had (unbeknownst to the hostage) killed her brother (to protect his uncle; her brother had figured everything out by now) and then his uncle.

Then (in my head) this happens:
There!

Yes it's bleak, but in my head, that where the movie ended; this isn't HappilyEverAfterAWeek.co.uk you know! I also got rid of the "true story" blurb - I don't buy that for one second! "Based on a true story" in a horror movie means "Something bad once happened", and little else. (the real ending is after the review for anyone who wants to see it)

We have a remake of this one to watch this coming Shocktober, but from what I understand all that's been kept is the apartment complex, the title and the toolbox, which is a shame, as an update of THIS film could kick ass!

Body Count: 7 (6 in the version in my head)
Boob Count: 2 pairs
Most Memorable Death: he nailed her good!


Original ending:



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The Toolbox Murders - Lisa's Review


*** BIG FAT SPOILERS ***

A VERY sleazy one this week.  I struggled with how to present my review and whether or not to give the movie a 'recommends' tag.  I decided since the aspects of the movie that I didn't enjoy are specific pet peeves of mine and perhaps aren't things that would irritate most viewers, I would go with a thumbs up.

The movie starts very abruptly and launches into several murders in an apartment block.  We don't know any of the victims nor the perpetrator.  The fact that I found the murders very disturbing and cringed numerous times, points towards the strength of the scenes, as we don't need prior knowledge nor a connection with the victims to feel an empathy.  The murders weren't dragged out (which for me can sometimes dilute the effect) and the methods, which included the sharp end of a claw hammer, a drill (with a very large drill bit), a nailgun and a knife were toe-curling (in a good way) and had me wincing and cringing.  The blood was realistic and the killer himself had an eerie madness about him.  The completely contrasting music the victims were listening to in their homes before their attacks, which end up accompanying their demise definately adds to the disturbing nature of the scenes.
One complaint I do have though (and the one thing that ruined these scenes for me) was the necessity to have 2 of the victims presented in a sexual manner when it wasn't required and is so obviously done for titillation.  We see a young woman in a bath (with a full face of makeup... bad for the skin that) masturbating.  The killer gains his entry unheard by the woman due to her loud music and he kindly waits for her to finish before dispatching her by way of a nail-gun.... the obvious pun would be something along the line of 'nailing her' but I'm not that crass.  Anyways.... I have nothing against nudity in movies, male or female, but put it in there when its required and is relevant, don't just make a murder victim nude because you can.  These scenes are meant to be disturbing, shocking and chilling, not titillating.   I did ask my husband his viewpoint on this, as a matter of interest and wanting a males perspective and his view is simply, they did this at the time because they wanted to push the boundaries as much as they could, by making the movie as controversial as they could (ie as much nudity, gore and distasteful scenes as possible).  The intention was never to titillate.   Hmmm I can see that angle, but I still reckon its distracting from the scene and for most viewers.  I mean how many naked men do we see murdered in movies?  Like I said before, its a personal pet peeve and not one which would apply to everyone, hence me giving the movie the 'Recommended' tag.

Anyways, after the first half hour, the movie takes a dramatic change of pace as we see the killer kidnap a 15 year old girl (Laurie).  Its a strange change of pace, but not a bad one and the remainder of the movie is more pyschological rather than a physical horror.  The acting is impressive, which is a big change for The Nasties List and you genuinely feel empathy with the characters.   The film is now pretty much split into 3.  A Whodunnit with a waste of time police investigation... there really was no point in even bothering with this side of things if they weren't going to do it properly.  I've seen more convincing crime solving in an episode of Scooby Doo.  Speaking of Scooby Doo,  the second part of our 3 part movie split follows our kidnapped girls brother and his friend (who just so happens to be our killers nephew) trying to solve the case themselves.  Lastly we follow the killer and kidnapper and his odd relationship with Laurie who spends the duration tied to a bed.  This was a bit uncomfortable, as although there are no sexual scenes between the killer and her, the general creepiness almost implies something is amiss.  Sadly the inevitable rape of 15 year old Laurie is factored in nearing the end of the movie, but not by our killer/kidnapper, but by his nephew.  Thankfully we are spared any gratuitous and unnecessary shots with almost everything happening off camera.  I liked the ending.  Simple and effective.  I won't give that away.  I've given away pretty much everything else.

The movie had flaws.  There are inconsistencies, there are lots of unbelievable bits, there are frustrating bits (like a victim who hides in a small room from the killer who is wielding a drill and chasing her... she leans AGAINST the door separating the 2 of them!  ARRRGGGGHH).  I will say however overall its one of the better nasties and one I could recommend to any lovers of horror who aren't too easilly offended.

Can we maintain positives movies for a few weeks???  Watch this space!

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12 Sep 2012

Terror Eyes - Lisa's Review


So another slasher whodunnit movie this week... well I say this week, but as I'm late with this weeks movie, I'm playing catchup from last week.  Was it worth the wait?  Ummmm no.

It wasn't the worst thing I've ever seen by a long shot.  It was watchable, but was it enjoyable?  Ummmm no.  

We follow a motorcycle-helmet wearing, leather-clad murderer with a penchant for decapitating young ladies.  The murder scenes themselves are not very graphic and in all cases cut away at the point of decapitation.  All to be seen is a pretty poor head prop and not a lot of blood given the injury sustained.  In one case a poor turtle is clonked over the head with a severed head which was thrown into a swimming pool (The murderer always puts his aquired heads in water).

I found the movie quite misogynistic and voyeuristic in its presentation.  It had a seedy air to it and the murder scenes did not seem as disturbing as the method of presentation by the director, who I thought more than once must have some odd sexual perversions.  A shower scene with the movies main actress and her prat of a boyfriend (college professor with a penchant for sleeping with his students) pointed towards a love of the look of a female 'blooded-up' body when the professor smeared her body in red paint of some description as part of their lovemaking.  Seemed a bit odd to me..

What else can I say about the movie.  It wasn't shocking.  The acting was pretty poor.  The script and dialogue didn't come across as real in any respect and distracted from the story when you were forced to address in your head how crap it actually was.  I found scenes very much to be filmed and presented from a very male viewpoint and a bit of a perv at that.  This in itself made the discovery of the helmet wearing freak all the more ridiculous.  It was kind of obvious, but I found myself hoping (in vain) through most of the movie that the killer wasn't who I thought it was.  Sadly it was, which is downright ridiculous.  There are copious reasons why this makes no sense at all, but I could only be bothered to argue these had the movie got any other kind of relevance or made any other kind of impression.  Sadly it failed on all counts.

Like I said, not the worst thing I've ever seen but definately far from one of the best.  Bog standard average slasher movie with an undertone of voyeuristic pervert.





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9 Sep 2012

WEEK 69: The Toolbox Murders




Alternate Titles : n/a
Year: 1978
Reviews / Author Comments due: 15/09/2012
DPP Status: Removed from list May 1985
IMDB: LINK
Wikipedia: LINK
DVD: Uncut US import (Blu-ray only)

NOTE: The version banned by the DPP was actually a cut version, it is believed that an uncut version has never been released in the UK, even before the video recordings act.






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8 Sep 2012

Terror Eyes - Will's Review

You know how the saying goes; Another week, another forgettable (though not entirely terrible) slasher!

This time, a killer in biker leathers and helmet is decapitating women, and throwing their heads in water.

It quickly becomes apparent that the victims all have one thing in common - the apparent, or alleged, affection of a college Anthropology professor, who collects skulls gathered from tribal head hunters from around the world; Mmmmmmm...


Of course, it doesn't take someone who watches horror movies week-in week-out to realise that such an obvious suspect is probably not the killer; and from there it's a short step to work out who the killer is.

As I mention each head turn up in water, but there's dome nice verity nether the less; a bucket, a toilet, and a turtle tank all get a look in (the poor turtle even gets clonked on the head with the prop) and there's a nice sequence in a cafe where we KNOW the head is going to show up, but we don't know where; sadly, it drags on a bit, but initially at least it's a fun bit.

So, with all the killing being more-or less identical, the mystery aspect redundant, and nothing else about the film standing out as notably strong or weak, I'm once again left with a shorter than average review.

BodyCount: 6
Boob Count: 1 side-boob
Most memorable kill: Deadly-go-round


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4 Sep 2012

Week 68: Terror Eyes




Alternate Titles : Night School
Year: 1981
Reviews / Author Comments due: 08/09/2012
DPP Status: Removed from list June 1984
IMDB: LINK
Wikipedia: LINK


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2 Sep 2012

Tenebrae - Wills review.

I'm sure a film student could go to town on this one; telling us how it lacks Argento's usual strangely colourful lighting, but how despite this the camera work and set design all still have his fingerprints all over them.

They could explore the idea that the films central character was a proxy for Argento himself; The character is a creator of horror and thrillers (books not movies) and is accused of misogynism by a critic (I don't know that the Argento himself ever was, but most purveyors of horror face the charge at some point).[1]

They would probably rave about the clever use of a dream sequence; weaved unexplained throughout the film - it's relevance only becoming clear in the final moments.

Unfortunately, I am not a film student, and so I was board to tears.

Tenebre is, at its core, a very straight forward whodunnit thriller, with only the twists (plural) at the end belaying its giallo roots; if your usual complain with Italian thrillers is that you have no-idea what the hell is going on, then you will find at least one nice thing to say about Tenebrae.

The twists were silly (although I did like the half-twist that came after the main three - one which explained something we had herd about the killers knife) and really didn't fit, but it was solidly acted (mostly) and well-shot (as you would expect) other than that the film was so straight forward (and dull) I really dont have much to say.


Body Count: 11
Boob Count: 2 pairs
Animal Body Count: 1


[1] If I'm right about the proxy thing, then killing the (female) critic who make the observation - half naked no less - may not have been the smartest move.

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1 Sep 2012

Tenebrae - Lisa's Review


*** SPOILERS ***

So another Dario Argento outing this week.  I know the guys is the recipient of much praise and is held in awe amongst many movie fans, but I find his movies full of pretentious drivel.  

It has been said that this movie could be seen as something of an autobiographical outing for Argento given the lead character Peter Neal is a murder mystery author who is seen to be something of a misogynist.   That sort of summed it up for me.  I felt the movie centered around the character of Neal to the detriment of everything else.  Many of the female characters seemed unnecessary and just cannon fodder.  The females who had any kind of role were just plain bloody irritating.   One reporter in particular who challenges  Neal with regards to his misogyny just needs a gag and a kick up the behind and sending on her way.

This movie may be more enjoyable on a second viewing as you are left spending most of your time watching the movie guessing whats going on, who could possibly have 'done it' and have countless possibilities presented to you.  To me, it seemed way too many sub stories were going on, including dream sequences, which you weren't really sure were actually dreams and had no idea who was having them.  This becomes clear as the movie reaches a conclusion, but it doesn't stop the irritation of it having no relevance throughout the movie.

I suppose the fact that I didn't care much about what was going on and who in fact was the murderer didn't help.  I just don't like Argento's style at all.  It all felt very self indulgent to me.  The murders were, for the most part, pretty tame and unbloody.  They do get a bit more what you would expect as the body count rises.  One death which is quite effective is the daughter of Neals landlord.  The lead up is very long and drawn out and she has gone through quite a horrendous experience, which included a chase from a rather irate doberman (the choice of vicious dog for the era).  It all culminates in a rather nasty death by axe.   I suppose I did feel a bit sorry for her after all that, but its about the only sympathetic emotion you got out of me during the movie.

Another big irritation with the movie is the bad dubbing and the absolutely awful script, which is made worse by the monotone delivery.  There seems to be no acting whatsoever in the execution.  It just seems to be read very slowly and stilted by someone who doesn't quite understand what they are reading. That, as irritating as it is, doesn't even compare to the accent and acting skills of the lead detective in the movie!!  I think I could do better myself!

One positive I will give the movie is how light and bright it is.  There is no hiding in the dark, no shadowy 'can't quite see whats happening' scenes.  Even the murders take place in bright white light.  Night time scenes are even well illuminated.

The cinematography is excellent in places.  Very well thought out and executed, especially a scene from the viewpoint of the murderer of the house of a lesbian couple who are about to breathe their last.  The panning around of the outside of the building and the roof is very effective and places you right there with the murderer.  I'm sure this was quite difficult to achieve but it is well worth it for the effect.

Unfortunately for me however some nice cinematography of buildings and razors being rinsed don't quite cut it with enjoying a movie.  I wouldn't say this was an awful movie and I would say that a lot of people would enjoy it.  I just don't like this guys style and find that very hard to get past when watching his movies.

Don't feel I wasted my time this week and glad I watched it, but it hasn't elevated my opinion of Dario Argento.


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