A model is invited to Cairo by a mysterious cosmetics firm. She soon realizes that a strange cult is after her for some reason.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance.

Director: Mario Caiano
Stars: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Mario Caiano
Stars: Rosemary Dexter, Adolfo Celi, Horst Frank
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Four people (three women and a man) set off on a boat trip through the fjords of Yugoslavia. Two of the women are lesbian lovers. Influenced by LSD, the female passengers freely engage in nudity.

Director: Ugo Liberatore
Stars: Bernard De Vries, Rosemary Dexter, Doris Kunstmann
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sylvia, an industrial scientist, is troubled by strange hallucinations related to the tragic suicide of her mother.

Director: Francesco Barilli
Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Maurizio Bonuglia, Mario Scaccia
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A sadistic killer cult kidnaps and sacrifices beautiful women. A young girl, just paroled from prison, moves into a strange house and appears to be the cult's next victim.

Director: William Rose
Stars: Daniela Giordano, Raf Vallone, John Scanlon
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wealthy, decadent count convinces a disillusioned playboy that they shall murder one another's relatives, to get away with the perfect crime. The count murders the playboy's unpleasant ... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Lucidi
Stars: Tomas Milian, Pierre Clémenti, Katia Christine
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Spaghetti Western icon Anthony Steffen stars as Shenandoah, a man of mystery who joins a vicious band of highwaymen after passing a near impossible and death defying initiation. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Caiano
Stars: Anthony Steffen, Eduardo Fajardo, Fulvia Franco
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Luciano Ercoli
Stars: Eva Czemerys, Fred Robsahm, Pier Maria Rossi
Shanghai Joe (1973)
Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Chinese immigrant, recently arrived in America, fights to free Mexican slaves from their cruel master.

Director: Mario Caiano
Stars: Chen Lee, Klaus Kinski, Carla Romanelli
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Alfonso Brescia
Stars: Robert Hoffmann, Irina Demick, Pilar Velázquez
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Mario Caiano
Stars: Lang Jeffries, Emma Danieli, Andrea Bosic
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Four notorious bank robbers - Klaus from Germany, Albert from France, Juan from Spain and Carina from Tangiers meet up in an isolated Castle to divide a large number of diamonds hidden ... See full summary »

Director: Cesare Canevari
Stars: Dimitri Nabokov, Maria Luisa Geisberger, Ben Salvador
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Caleb
Daniela Giordano ...
Gail Bland
Krista Nell
Antonio Cantafora
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giancarlo Bastianoni
Carol Lobravico
Enzo Maggio
Mirella Pamphili
Edit

Storyline

A model is invited to Cairo by a mysterious cosmetics firm. She soon realizes that a strange cult is after her for some reason.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 January 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Shadow of Illusion  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of A Kind
26 September 2004 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I have seen many, many 1970's European horror films, but "Shadow of Illusion" stands out as one of the most original. Daniela Giodorno, anything but bland, stars as Gale Bland, a female business executive who is summoned to Cairo by Isis Cosmetics to initiate some sort of business deal. She eventually discovers that there is no Isis Cosmetics and that she has been lured to Cairo so that a nouveau sect of devil worshipers can sacrifice her to some kind of voodoo king. The conclusion is predictable yet highly unusual.

"Shadow of Illusion" constantly rides the line between matter-of-fact storytelling and over-the-top storytelling, and is played so straight that it succeeds as a thriller with some truly frightening moments. Giodorno, never more beautiful, appears to be sporting a red wig and appears to have put on some weight, but it only flatters her, as do the interesting dresses she wears throughout. William Berger is on hand in a weird role that really cannot be described in this synopsis -- it is best to view to film to understand it, but it must be said he is as terrific as ever, even though there is not much chemistry between him and Giodorno. The director and writers have added so many bizarre touches to the story, such as Giodorno's club dancing sequence that turns into something else altogether, an extended voodoo ceremony that is quite odd, some whipping and sadism that appears from totally out of the blue, and appears more than once, all work together to make "Shadow of Illusion" truly bizarre and unique. Anyone even remotely interested in the actors, director, subject matter, or beautiful location shots of Egypt should not miss this film. It is rare on video, but a beautiful full-frame Japanese print was released and can be purchased on a high-quality US bootleg.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Ombre roventi (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?