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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

slow moving but bloody. a decent low budget movie.

6/10
Author: TheOnlyJorge from The Big Apple, NY
14 March 2008

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i bought this movie because it was from the makers of barricade which i liked a lot. this movie is very different and i will try to explain why.

first of all its really slow. its based on old Italian giallo movies like Dario Argento and Mario bava which were slow, too. If they were trying to make it just like them, then they did it perfectly. There are a lot of conversations about taxes and building codes that make no sense and you really want to fast forward thru.

thankfully there is some good in it, too. Joe Zaso and Raine Browne from barricade are both in it and they are both pretty good. Joe plays a blind policeman which doesn't make any sense but he does all right. Raine is much sexier than normal but does not have a very big role and quickly disappears in a lame way.

the actress who plays Roberta is really hot and does a good job for the whole movie. she is also naked a lot, so fans of that will really like it.

the gory parts are good, too. its too bad there are not enough of them and they happen very fast. i was hoping for more of barricade but they are still really good. they were done by Timo Rose who did the effects for barricade and directed it.

oh yea. the music is cool too. it sounds spooky and really dramatic. sometimes it sounds a little over the top but i think it was supposed to since this is a copy of a 70s movie.

i will give this movie 6 or 7 out of 10. it has great nudity and blood but i wish there was more. the plot is kind of boring and the movie is long but i made it through it. if all old giallo movies are like this then i guess they made a perfect copy.

i think it is worth renting.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

An exciting effort to reproduce classic giallo feel!

Author: Nosfercatu from United States
9 June 2009

What a nice surprise this movie really is. Is it perfect? Nope. But as a huge fan of giallo movies by Argento, Bava, Fulci (yes he did some good ones), Martino, etc.. I can honestly say that this movie for me is a multiple re-watcher! LOVE the color palate. There is one scene inside Roberta's apartment that really captures a Suspiria type feel in terms of the color washes! The musical score by Marco Werba is PHENOMENAL and deserves so much more attention from any fan of giallo musical scores. I can't say enough about it as it fits perfectly with the characters moods and what's happening on screen. The script follows the standards set for a good giallo with it's expected twist ending, and twisted logic. It also has an certain sense of the sexual supernaturalness (is that a word?) along with the standard giallo storyline which I liked a lot. The acting is much better than most independent low to mid budget productions. And specifically in the case of lead actress Yassmin Pucci I find myself really drawn to her. She does a wonderful job and evokes a true melancholy mood inside me watching her performance. She is beautiful, sultry, sad, and above all...mesmerizing on screen. Joe Zaso plays a blind detective in an homage to Dario Argento's Cat O' Nine Tails and deserves lots of credit for injecting his own passion for the genre into this film. So if you haven't seen a good giallo in a while and want to feel that special feeling you use to get when watching them back in the day so to speak. Then I highly suggest you set the lights down and settle into the Darkness that Surrounds Roberta!

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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Great Dario Argento style thriller (but with a plot).

7/10
Author: dean.aaron from United Kingdom
29 July 2009

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One thing that always upsets me with Dario Argento is his use of very poor actors and, often, no real plot or a plot that turns on twists that defy the internal rules of the universe he creates on screen.

DARKNESS SURRONDS ROBERTA however has a strong chain of logic and a style that is like the best early Argento or even the great MARIO BAVA.

The females are hot and sexy and the other performances are uniformly excellent.

There is also a great performance from the always entertaining and fun Eileen Daly.

In conclusion a very satisfying and enjoyable thriller that validates low budget film-makers and shows the sheer creativity and imagination of the team behind this movie.

Dark, clever, twisted and at times truly scary.

An excellent addition to a collection or viewing list and once you have seen this movie you will want to see more by the same team.

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6 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Great Homage To Classic Giallos

9/10
Author: Donald Hensel (DJH7856@aol.com) from Riverside, California
12 May 2008

I recently viewed Darkness Surrounds Roberta and would highly recommend it to anyone who are fans of the by gone era of classic giallos of the 60's and 70's. The film brings to mind great giallo's by Argento, Ercoli, Lenzi, Bava and Martino. These are films of a lost era and anyone who is a fan of them will appreciate this movie. It is a direct to DVD release and is certainly an independent movie. However, it was shot in Florence, Italy and has lots of violence, kinky sex, and strange events going on with a killer score. The women are smoking hot and although the script is far from perfect, the atmosphere that is created feels like the movie was released in the 70's in the classic era of giallos. It pays homage to the great giallos and does so much better then other recent releases, such as Bad Inclination, which was a major disappointment.

I would highly recommend this movie to fans of giallo who have realistic expectations of what to expect. If you are not a fan of such films, you probably will not like it, but for giallo fans, it is a welcome release in a area that is really hard to duplicate effectively. Giallos were far from perfect technical movies, but that was part of the fun. This movie is simply a surprising treat to the senses.

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