When surveillance photographer Will (James Helm) reluctantly agrees to entrap a client's cheating husband, he and his old flame Nancy (Melanie Munt) are thrown together in a desperate race ... See full summary »
Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies becoming more and more oppressive. A black laced hand prevents her ... See full summary »
Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud,
Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.
A police lieutenant on the take is ordered by the mob to destroy an incriminating report, which the lieutenant's proud father knows about. When the father and girlfriend are murdered, the police officer sets out for revenge.
A brother and sister who run away from home find sanctuary in a deserted nature reserve. When the sister falls into the trap of a psychopathic killer, the brother sets out on a race against... See full summary »
Blackaria (like much giallo) is not style over substance, but style AS substance
The content of French indie gem Blackaria is the style--- its lush and oblique presentation of its giallo content.
Giallo can mean a lot of things, but here I use the term to mean stylishly-photographed horror-mystery with lingering shots of gore and unclothed females and a puzzling sensibility throughout akin to dreaming. No more or less logical than things like House by the Cemetery or Inferno, and similarly entertaining, Blackaria is a collection of dreamy and lush visual sequences. Lighted with the strong reds and blues of vintage Argento and misty like Fulci, Blackaria is an atmospheric and convoluted concoction of blades, blood and breasts.
I saw an Argento interview where he said that Sergio Leone told him that the center of Once Upon a Time in the West was not the plot or actors, but the camera and Blackaria follows in that tradition, offering an experience that is violent, erotic, puzzling and atmospheric.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?