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.


HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON
IL ROSSO SEGNO DELLA FOLLIA
1970, Kino Lorber, 88 min, Italy/Spain, Dir: Mario Bava

Wealthy psychopath and wedding dress designer Stephen Forsyth is perfectly aware that he is crazy, and he skillfully covers his tracks as he stalks and murders potential brides before their nuptials. He’s also tormented by a childhood secret that he can’t quite remember, an overwhelming force that sucks him ever deeper into the maw of madness. His own bitter wife (Laura Betti) finally pushes him over the edge to where he can no longer distinguish between fantasy and reality. The deliciously macabre script was co-written by Spanish genre specialist Santiago Moncada (A BELL FROM HELL) and an uncredited Bava. “… one of Mario Bava's … most playful thrillers, a demented black comedy that pokes fun at the murderous psychos which were littering the European cinema screens during the late '60s … a beautifully filmed drawing room murder tale which unexpectedly leaps midstream into a bizarre and wholly original ghost story.” – Mondo-Digital.com.


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