Psycho Horror Giallo with lovely colors
and beautifully shot by Il Maestro Mario Bava
and I found it to be somewhat better when watching it in 2023 than my
of a French SECAM video cassette in the 1980's or of the old US Image
DVD edition. The Soundtrack by Sante Maria Romitelli and with an introduction
english by Dagmar Lassander.
This German Blu-ray comes with a rare audio commentary in german AND
subtitles by a Pelle Felsch, and he's very good
in making his only 1st commentary.
I would love listening to more audio commentaries by him.
Above: The old US Image Entertainment DVD edition
The film starts with a train murder where a perp breaks
into a train wagon
and kills a woman and a man with a meat cleaver.
The killer is John Harrington (Stephen Forsythe) and he narrates to
the viewers, that he's a madman, something no-one could guess, and that
he owns a Fashion House and has killed 5 women. He has inherited the
business from his mother and it specializes in wedding gowns and such.
Mildred (played very well by Laura Betti) is his wife and even though
they hate each other she refuses to give him a divorce. Just as with
Michell and Eva Bartok in "Blood and Black Lace" she's the
one with the
money. A Fashion House, dresses, dead models and lush colors - Yes,
this could well be the B version of Bava's 1964 "Blood and Black
John has a strong Fetish for wedding dresses and besides
having a secret
room with mannequins/manikins wearing wedding dresses he also kills
the women he knows are about to get married, his models that is.
As, Alice (Femi Benussi) or Rosy, and whatabout
Lassander) will she survive her modelling job and find the perp
Inspector Russell (Jesus Puente) investigates the case of the missing
"A Woman should live only until her wedding night.
Love once ....
and then die" - that's the proud motto of John Harrington.
What about the bodies? John burns them in his garden incinerator (in
a scene that makes one think of Luis Buñuel's "The Crimes
de la Cruz". The film supposedly takes place in Paris.
Film presented in widescreen 1.78:1 and with English
or Italian audio
with english subtitles DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono. Region B. Extras:
Audio commentary by Pelle Felsch in german with english subtitles,
A Hatchet for Dagmar: Interview with Dagmar Lassander
(25 minutes in
german with english subtitles - from the Remote,
My Dying Bride: Professor Dr. Marcus Stiglegger about the film (in german
with english subtitles - from the Remote, Original trailer, Picture
International intro and end credits