Yes, a horror from the interesting director and
cinematographer Italian Domiziano Delvaux Cristopharo, the maker of
and possible reanimator of the Italian horror genre. This is only the
second film i've seen from Cristopharo, the first was slow but
stylish The Transparent Woman, something of a gothic giallo, with Roberta
Gemma in it (read more on my Giallo film page).
This film Two Left Arms may be based on some H.P. Lovecraft
story (i'm too lazy to Google it) and i didn't like it as much as The
Transparent Woman. The film starts out very promising though, with lots
of local atmosphere from an Italian mountain village/town
and with great cinematography from Cristopharo catching it. The italian-american
restorer Randolph Carter (Paolo Stella) arrives to
restore a fresco painting in the church and he's met by hostile locals
and awakes at night by a strange procession through the village.
The painting at church turns out to be of Sicinna, the ancient pagan
goddess worshipped in the village in pre-roman times, and also
maybe even today. The only one who is friendly and helps him is Emma
Galliano (Yvonne Scio, below)
Yeah, this film starts out very nicely and with the
hints of paganism it could be an Italian Wicker Man a-coming, but ....
A meteorite has crashed decades earlier, some sort of creatures or aliens
and bla bla bla. Lots of mumbo jumbo ramblings and i
lost any comprehension of what was going on, or was i too tired maybe?
This film turns very strange though and starts feeling
like an Italian Eric Stanze movie. Mumbo Jumbo en masse.
But, maybe Lovecraft wrote it like that, and it has
a great setting, charismatic acting from Carlo De Mejo in his final
role, OK acting
from Paolo Stella, Ruggero Deodato shouting Maleditto Paese and the
interesting eyes of Yvonne Scio.
anamorphic widescreen, english audio DD stereo with
some italian speaking (and then with english subtitles) - Beware of
heavy accents - Extra: trailers, bloopers and an image gallery. US DVD
edition in probably region free (or region 19