Directed by: Sergio Martino
Actors: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov
Country: Italy | Spain
Also known as: Tutti i colori del buio (original title); Todos los colores de la oscuridad; Toutes les couleurs du vice; Die Farben der Nacht; Todas as Cores da Escuridão
Description: Nights Joan suffers from terrible dreams, and in the afternoon it pursues the man of nightmares. New neighbor promises to help and leads a woman into a sect, cultivating magical bloody rituals and back a sin.
Review: A brilliant giallo, by genre regular Sergio Martino, that swaps the black gloved killer with a satanic cult tormenting a beautiful Edwige Fenech, who becomes increasingly paranoid as the same man from her dreams, a villainous Ivan Rassimov (with really creepy looking eye contacts), begins to stalk her. What the movie lacks in explicit violence, it more than makes up for it with superb cinematography, good music (in a soundtrack that could have been penned by Morricone), a solid plot and psychedelia in abundance. In typical giallo fashion, the red herrings and suspensful atmosphere are aplenty, which along with a good cast and a steady pace make for a satisfying viewing. Italian horror afficionados and Polanski fans are advised to check it out. I loved some of the psychedelic camera shots (the dream sequence in the beginning was great, and it’s sad that it was cut from certain DVD prints) and of course Fenech taking her clothes off in every opportunity
Overall this is one of the better giallos I have seen, and a major improvement after Dallamano’s “What Have you Done to Solange?”, which I was very psyched about but ended up being a dissappointment of sorts. The latter had a very solid plot (not a typical giallo feat), but it is extravagant style and atmosphere that I look for in giallos, not plot.