Monday, May 16, 2011

All the Colors of the Dark (1972)

A beautiful but troubled young woman is haunted by nightmares of her mother's killer as well as a mysterious cult that looks to induct her into their ranks, but as her dreams slowly begin to seep into reality, she won't know who to turn to when her world is turned upside down! Sergio Martino's vibrant cult shocker ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK blends the devilish plot from ROSEMARY'S BABY with all of the style, color, and suspense of the Italian Gialli (minus the tell-tale signs of a black-gloved killer). It includes stand out performances by Julian Ugarte, Ivan Rassimov, and Edwige Fenech in a captivating lead. Despite his later reputation for making low-budget Eurotrash, Martino displays all of the skill and finesse of the other Italian masters here, carefully crafting the story arcs and visuals with a painterly touch. Where other Gialli become unnecessarily contrived and convoluted, it is much easier to accept the surprising twists in ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK as part of the dream logic inherent in the plot. The film must be regarded as one of Martino's finest works.

Rating: 8/10.

If you liked ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, check out:
ROSEMARY'S BABY, TORSO, HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS.

2 comments:

  1. Got it. Not watched. One of the Great Unopened!

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  2. Its high on my "to buy" list, I really enjoyed it V, put it up there next to HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS!

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