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 NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE
LA NOTTE CHE EVELYN USCI DALLA TOMBA
1971, 103 min, Italy, Dir: Emilio Miraglia

After the death of his redheaded wife, Evelyn, an English lord succumbs to a mental breakdown. Instead of drinking away his sorrows, he scours the countryside looking for doppelgängers of his lost lover. Taking them back to his decaying castle, he seduces them, but when they don't live up to the standards of Evelyn, he tortures and murders the women. Mixing Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Gothic horror with the Italian gialli, THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE is a full-on perverse descent into madness and redhead fetishism.


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