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Tragic Ceremony (1972)

Estratto dagli archivi segreti della polizia di una capitale europea (original title)
Four young people are enjoying the easy life, cruising on a yacht in the sun. Returning to land their car runs out of fuel and they find themselves outside a large manor belonging to Lord ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Isbert ...
Máximo Valverde ...
Lord Alexander
Lady Alexander
José Calvo ...
Sam David
Giovanni Petrucci ...
Bill's mother
Beni Deus ...
Milo Quesada ...
Alejandro de Enciso
Elsa Zabala ...
Devil worshipper
Pablo García
David Thomson


Four young people are enjoying the easy life, cruising on a yacht in the sun. Returning to land their car runs out of fuel and they find themselves outside a large manor belonging to Lord and Lady Alexander. Hoping to find fuel they are invited in to stay the night and shelter from a heavy storm. The three men are put up in the servant's quarters while Jane gets a room in the house. Hearing a strange noise she heads down stairs, finding the Alexanders performing a black mass and she is put onto the altar to become the sacrifice.

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Release Date:

20 December 1972 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Tragic Ceremony  »

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1.85 : 1
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Riccardo Freda always resented directing the movie. The Spanish prints credit him as director though. See more »


La Vita
Music written and performed by Stelvio Cipriani
Lyrics by Riccardo Freda
Sung by Ernesto Brancucci
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Strange, almost unknown gem from Riccardo Freda
21 October 2001 | by (Zürich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This somehow odd film from Italian Cult Gothic Horror director Freda ("L'Orribile Segreto del Dr. Hichcock") is almost unknown and extremely difficult to find nowadays.

Made a year after his rough Giallo "L'Iguana Dalla Lingua di Fuoco" (see also my comment on that), the title suggests yet another Giallo (it means "Taken From the Secret Police Files of a European Capital" and fits perfectly into typical over long and wonderful Giallo titles like "Il Tuo Vizio e una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave" of the same year). But, in fact, this film is not a Giallo at all - but a Gothic horror story about a cursed pearl necklace and a strange Satan's Cult which gets confronted by a hippie quartet on a day out. The story sounds unique, and the film is it, too.

Made on a very low budget, Freda made more than the best out of it and created a strange movie with all the classic Gothic elements, and also boosts a handful of astonishing gore effects that echo the rude sequences of his Giallo a year before.

The cast is lead by Camille Keaton of "I Spit on Your Grave" fame, while Luigi Pistilli ("Reazione a Catena") delivers another neat performance as the leader of the strange Cult. The soundtrack is composed by Stelvio Cipriani and is cool as usual. A film worth looking for despite its rarity.

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