FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired woman in a red cloak decimates their circle of friends. Is the killer their ancestor,... See full summary »
Kristen is caring for her Terminally ill husband who is suffering from a degenerative bone disease. With no cure available she turns to a friend to help find an alternative form of medicine... See full summary »
A string of sex murders has been plaguing Florence for almost 15 years, in which a serial killer brutally murders couples who are sneaking "a quickie" in public areas. A writer who is doing... See full summary »
A couple travels to an old castle in France for the reading of the will of the woman's recently deceased wealthy uncle. It turns out that he left her his castle and its grounds. They turn ... See full summary »
A seminary student, Giacomo Vigetti, is convicted by the Papal State of seducing a young girl. He is forced to flee and takes refuge with an excommunicated priest. Unfortunately, the priest... See full summary »
A woman searches for her missing lover, a psychiatrist who has suddenly vanished for no apparent reason. She ends up at a villa populated by a group of eccentric individuals. A string of murders commence immediately.
If you thought that GIALLO A VENEZIA took the giallo genre to its logical conclusion of violence, this one wins hands down. It was made pretty late for a giallo (late 80s) and I guess that is reflected by the outrageous bloodshed that presumably was tacked on to get some kind of financial return on this one...
Stylistically, this is reasonably effective. It has a bit of a "TV movie" look that I really don't like. The atmosphere that my favourite gialli (such as DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING or EYE OF THE LABYRINTH) manage to conjure up is simply not present here. Still, the plot seems pretty neat if a little too straightforward for a film of this nature (then again I'm a sucker for the contrived and complex!).
Once again, the sexual violence is the focus of this film. The scene in the tent is really very nasty and explores the farthest reaches of sexual exploitation, only dabbled with previously by the likes of THE BEAST IN HEAT and DELIRIUM...
Still, it's worth a look I guess. I'd still rather watch a well-crafted but less excessive giallo any day of the week.
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