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Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

Country:  Italy

Director: Dario Argento

Main Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Michael Brandon, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Bud Spencer

Storyline: A musician is being blackmailed and stalked

Review (Spoils): A drummer (Michael Brandon) keeps getting threaten calls from a stalker. He finally faces his fears up front and in a struggle he accidently stabs and kills the man. Which becomes more stressful is the next day someone new starts to blackmail him about the secret and we start a whole new stalker game.

This is a Dario film so we have lots of red blood, knives, killings and of course a murder mystery of who did or doing it. Like other Dario films it is thick with who is the killer and was there the night of the opera house to witness the first struggle. While the film is setup with threatening blackmail the musician’s friends and love ones start to be killed off and him being setup as the murder.

Rating: You can tell from the start that this was one of the earlier films of Dario Argento as the plot itself has some serious holes and it does not gel like the later films of his. The main character does not seem very full of life and the film just moves slowly with its paces. Another of the opposite is that the female lead Mimsy Farmer does the reverse and she is too over the top with her acting. So the connection of the relationship and the story line seem to be silly at times.

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The Bird with the Crystal Plume (1970)

The Bird with the Crystal Plume (1970)

Country:  Italy

Director:  Dario Argento

Main Stars:  Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno

Storyline:  A writer is being stalked by a killer as he witnessed one of the murders.

MV5BODc1NzEzMzA1N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzQ2OTEzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): Sam (Tony Musante) is a quiet American writer who witnesses a young woman getting stabbed in between some glass doors. Lucky she survived as she is the first out a large number of victims that a notorious serial killer is stalking in the streets. Of course in typical horror movie style the police cannot crack the case so Sam (the writer) takes it upon himself to solve the murder mystery.

Dario Argento is a classic director in the horror business and I believe this is one of his first attempts at it. Not as good as some of the classics to follow but still you can tell this is his. The opening scene of the woman being trapped in the glass doors and stabbed actual does stay in your mind so he did well in his first attempt. The films music is well done and you do get a murder mystery type fell with this film that he carries on. I personally can sense some Hitchcock influence in this one.  The acting is decent and the storyline keeps you guessing as he unravels clues to find out who the mad killer is. We have the typical red blood of the Italian horror films of this time and of course Dario’s typical sexy and sleazy style that he later on is known for.

Rating:  Dario Argento is a legend and this film is not his greatest but it is very good. If you’re looking for a good slasher, murder mystery with a splash of red this is the film for you. Plus we have Suzy Kendall!

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7/10 Beers!

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Deep Red (1975)

Deep Red (1975)

Country:  Italy

Director:  Dario Argento

Main Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodim Gabriele Lavia

Storyline:  A musician witness a murder of a famous psychic and the murder will do anything to hide their tracks.

6305807957_01__SCLZZZZZZZ_Review (Spoils):  We have the opening scene of music and screams, a bloody knife and some young feet.  Welcome to the tension and mood of a Dario Argento film! The famous psychic Helga witness and visions something along the lines of murder and she gets slaughtered in her apartment later on. All we see as an audience is a brown raincoat and some leather gloves. This leads to a “who done it? ” chase that Dario is famous for in his horror films.

Dario has stepped away from the witch’s tale in this one and works on the murder of a psychic and the witness that helps a reporter to crack the case. We have some nasty red blood, cleavers, smashed windows, and creepy children’s music known as House of the Screaming Child, drowning, lots of stabbings, a gory vehicle drag and a great decapitation. The film is based on a guessing game on who is the murder and what eerie tale is going to be the backdrop of the film (after all it is a Dario film).

Rating:  I’m going to be honest Deep Red is one of the least confusing of the horror films of Dario Argento. He is a horror genius on what he does but at the same time some of his classics can get lost in translation and symbolism. Sure he does present some over the top scenes for no real reason but to shock but the story does have a haunting feeling to it.

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7/10 Beers!

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Opera (1987)

Opera (1987)

Country: Italy

Director: Dario Argento

Main Stars: Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini

Storyline: A fan stalks and kidnaps a young beautiful operetta and torments everyone who is connected to her to win her over.

MV5BMTA5MTczNTA5NzdeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDA2ODk0NTE@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): Young opera singer Betty (Cristina Marsillach ) gets the big break she needed when a past singer gets hit by a car. She has had haunting dreams of man since her childhood and it all comes to life when she gets confronted with a stalker. The stalker is a true madman and in love with the new star Betty. This leads to a kidnapping and the classic needles taped under the eyes forcing her view his torment.

We have coat hooks, the classic eye scene, stabbings, scissors and some rock bashing. We have some background story on to poor Betty’s childhood and her mother. This sick childhood leads to what I feel are what claims Betty’s reaction to a number of the events in the film. Sure the storyline is out there but keep in mind when watching this film it is an Argento film.

Some of the scenes are fun such as the needles, the crows and the gunshot which makes this film as classic as some but still worth the watch. The true downside of the film is the music, I’m a metal fan but it just does not make the film.

Rating: Not his best but sure not Dario Argento worst.I enjoyed this film for what it was and to be honest you have to have a certain mind set for his films. This one is worth a throwing on and having a good drinking time just remember “I am nothing like my mother. Nothing like her ”.

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6/10 Beers!

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Inferno (1980)

Inferno (1980)

Country: Italy

Director: Dario Argento

Main Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Ania Pieroni,

Storyline: An American college student in Rome and her sister in New York are investigating a series of murders from both locations that might be tied to a coven of witches.

MV5BMTg0MjI0MzgzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDU3MzI0MQ@@__V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_Review (Spoils): Rose is a poet from New York who comes across a book called the The Three Mothers.  She learns that there is a coven of witches held by three sisters, one for sorrow, tears and darkness. These witches are spread out through Rome, Freiburg and New York.  She contacts her brother Mark who is studying in Rome to look into this as she suspects her building is home to the witch of New York.  This leads to the coven interfering with their finds and the killing begins.

This film gives us some scares and some blood. We have stabbings, cat attacks, rat attacks, massive fire and good old coven stalking. The movie is beautiful to watch as the scenes are set just right which Dario is great for. Sure the plot has some holes and bounces a bit but it gets the story across of The Three Mothers  which followed after the great Suspiria.

Rating: Looking for a complex film skip this one. If you’re looking for a Dario Argento film that you have not seen before check this out. Does not start with this film start with Suspiria and work your way to this it will make more sense. Great stuff and Dario Argento will always be seen as a legend of horror.

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Suspiria (1977)

Suspiria (1977)

Country:  Italy

Director:  Dario Argento

Main Stars: Jessica Harper, Daria Nicolodi, Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Stefania Casini

Storyline:  An American girl goes to Europe to a ballet school what she did not know is it’s a coven for witches.

 

 

 

 

 

Review(Spoils):  We have a cute American girl named Suzy (Jessica Harper) who joins a European school to become a great ballet dancer.  From the very beginning something does not seem right, dancers are disappearing, she is feeling sick and ill and they hear noises in the night. Suzy and her new friend Sara (Stefania Casini ) need to find out what is going on. This film has it all when it comes to plot, storyline, film color and gory effects. What other film has a massive room full of razor wire?

Jessica Harper does an amazing job in this film as you can fell the innocence and confusion in her character in the hunt of what the hell is going on.  Joan Bennett plays the wonderful and welcoming Madame Blanc who does a great job as the caring mother to the ballet dancers. Unfortunately we all find out the truth by the Miss Tanner character played by Alida Valli.

Dario Argento made a true master piece with this entry and this is film one of three for the witch coven series The Three Mothers.  Also the music in the film was well done by one of my favourite horror musicians Goblin.

Rating:  Go rent this movie now as it is a classic occult film and Italian horror at its best.  Thank you Dario Argento for such a cult classic.

 

 

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