Don't watch this film tired or drunk or you'll be asleep in seconds. Not that I'm slagging off this film, it's just that this particular giallo is very dreamy and features people wandering around tombs, creaky old houses, and tunnels in near darkness. Perseverance however is rewarding, and having been knocked out twice trying to watch this I managed to watch it during the day and found an extremely stylish and atmospheric film that's low on gore and nudity but high on imagery and such like.
Corringa turns up at her aunt's castle in some undetermined era (I'm guessing early twentieth century), to find her mother and aunt have been arguing about something or other. Turns out her aunt Mary ain't got a lot of cash but Corringa's mother isn't willing to give her a loan, seeing as how she can just sell the castle. Her aunt Mary's got a doctor 'friend' who she schemes with, and an eccentric son who keeps a pet gorilla. Things get weird when Corringa's mother dies and the so-called MacGrieff curse comes into play. That curse means that when a MacGrieff kills a MacGrieff, the victim will come back as a vampire! It's up to Corringa and major red herring James to find out what's going down, and it's all done in a mix of fog, flickering candles, cobwebs and that darn cat. Expect plenty of sweeping camera-work and gasping ladies. Antonio Margharetti's an old hand at these kinds of films, and I've never seen anything that's been less than good by the guy. Included in the mix is Venantino Venantini (of City of the Living Dead and War of the Robots) and the guy who looks like Peter Lorre (Werewolf in a girls Dormitory, Terror Creatures for the Grave). Do yourself a favour and try and get a cleaned up copy of this film. My copy was picked up in a street market in Rome and the visuals are so soft it's like someone smeared Vaseline on the screen. And I still enjoyed it! A nice Gothic setting for the giallo.
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