Friday, October 10, 2008

Morte sospetta di una minorenne (Suspected Death of a Minor)

Morte sospetta di una minorenne, Sergio Martino's last 1970's giallo, is a fairly interesting police procedural/giallo hybrid, but it contains some comic elements that I don't think sit very well with the rest of the film. It took me a few years before I managed to get my hands on a copy with English subs, but it's now available on a great looking DVD from Sazuma. Great poster art by Ciriello.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Il Rosso segno della follia (Hatchet for the Honeymoon)

I'm currently making my way through Tim Lucas' fantastic Mario Bava All the Colors of the Dark 
and while I'm reading the chapters I rewatch the corresponding film. Last weekend I got to Il Rosso segno della follia. I know the film has got it's fair share of detractors, but I really like it. I think the role of John Harrington suits Stephen Forsyth well and Dagmar Lassander looks a lovely as ever (even though she's not given that much to do). Make sure you pick up the R2 Koch DVD if you haven't already done so. It looks way better than the R1 Image DVD.
Poster art by Ercole Brini.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sette cadaveri per Scotland Yard (Seven Murders for Scotland Yard)

I think I've mentioned that I've got a soft spot for gialli set in London before, but Sette cadaveri per Scotland Yard isn't really one of them. José Luis Madrid's 1971 thriller is a less than stellar effort. The film is poorly paced, very predictable and the less said about Paul Naschy's limping trapeze artist protagonist, the better. Great poster art by Renato Casaro though.