An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing ... See full summary »
A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field, complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out in a dilapidated building on the estate. Written by
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Roberto Rossellini (whom Mario Bava had worked for on his own films) shot a day's worth of second-unit footage. While it's uncredited, most of the footage appeared in the final cut. See more »
The Count is stabbed repeatedly in his back and then he falls on his back and dies. When the killer is dragging him away, there should be a blood trail leading from The Countess to the door. See more »
This film is regarded as the first slasher film, that produced a myriad of clones such as Friday 13th.
Being a Mario Bava film, I held high expectations for this. Unfortunately i was to be very disappointed.
The first thing i noted was how drab and lifeless this film is. There is none of Bava's use of colour. The characters are one dimensional and the special effects are poor. In one scene a beheading takes place and you can clearly see the screws in the neck area after the beheading.
The plot is very convoluted and ultimately uninteresting. The surprise ending is OK, if a little silly.
In summary it feels as if Bava is just trying to shock and keep up with the trend of making an exploitation movie, rather than a good movie. Friday 13th is actually superior to this movie and more entertaining.
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