FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON
5 BAMBOLE PER LA LUNA D’AGOSTO
1970, NAOR World Media Films, 88 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

A clique of the idle rich gathered for a swinging weekend at an island beach house is murdered one by one in this ultra-groovy, Pop Art giallo. Soaked with a glamorously sleazy ambience and an absurd lounge music score by the great Piero Umiliani, FIVE DOLLS emerges as one of the pinnacles of 1970s Eurotrash cinema! Supremely entertaining, with more of Bava’s unique imagery that seems poised on that intangible borderline between sensual dream and inescapable nightmare. With William Berger, Edwige Fenech and Ira von Furstenberg.


THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH
LO STRANO VIZIO DELLA SIGNORA WARDH
1971, 98 min, Italy/Spain, Dir: Sergio Martino

After the success of Dario Argento's THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, a plethora of copycat black-gloved maniacs cropped up to cash in. Most paled in comparison, but Sergio Martino's WARDH is one of the few that managed to take the formula and cook up something interesting. The newly married Julie Wardh (played by the luscious and mesmerizing Edwige Fenech) has become the object of affection to two other men - sadistic former lover Jean (THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER’s Ivan Rassimov) and George (Martino regular George Hilton). Unfortunately for Julie, one of the three men in her life is also a straight razor-wielding killer. As the bodies and red herrings pile up, Julie must figure out who truly loves her and who wants to slice her to pieces. (Also known as BLADE OF THE RIPPER and THE NEXT VICTIM!).


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