ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK
TUTTI I COLORI DEL BUIO
1972, Severin Films, 94 min, Italy/Spain, Dir: Sergio Martino

Adding an occult flavor to Italy’s giallo sub-genre, Sergio Martino diverged from the straight-razor serenade of Dario Argento’s black-gloved killers for this psychedelic nightmare. Undisputed giallo queen Edwige Fenech stars as Jane, who is plagued by recurring dreams of a knife-wielding maniac. When medication and psychotherapy fail to alleviate the visions, she turns to magic. But the black mass (conducted by Italian genre heavy Ivan Rassimov) backfires and her nightmares become all too real. Also featuring giallo regulars George Hilton and Susan Scott, ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK is a kaleidoscopic frenzy of murder and madness bathed in an acid-rock score by Bruno Nicolai.


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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