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Halloween Horror Countdown 2010 Day 7 October 17, 2010

Posted by vorpalkeith in Movie Review.
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Dominique is Dead
1978
Directed by Michael Anderson

Dominique, in the conservatory, with a noose.

The quick run-down. Dead spouse. Ghost? Attempts to drive mad? Revenge! Profit! More revenge!

Oh, why, Cliff Robertson, why? You’re so much better than this stinker of a pseudo ghost story. You’re Uncle Ben for goodness sakes!

One spooky pumpkin out of five

The Ghost
1963
Directed by Riccardo Freda

In many ways, this film is nearly identical to Dominique is dead. Guess that’s why it was on the same DVD compilation.

The quick run-down. Dead spouse. Ghost? Attempts to drive mad? Revenge! Profit! More revenge!

See what I mean?

Some nit-picky things . . . despite the fact the film takes place in Scotland no one has a Scottish accent. Also, the filmmakers didn’t realize that a bullet doesn’t remain intact after fired. They were pulling slugs out of the wall that were in PERFECT condition.

What wasn’t in perfect condition was the DVD transfer. This thing was scratched and artifacted out the wazoo. If that was the best print they could dig up to make a DVD copy, I’d hate to see what the damaged prints look like.

One spooky pumpkin out of five.

Bloody Pit of Horror
1965
Directed by Massimo Pupillo

Five facts you should know about this movie:

1) A man cuts himself out of ropes with nail clippers.
2) A man portraying a corpse both moves his foot and blinks in the same scene.
3) The movie claims to be based on the writings of the Marquis De Sade (it’s not).
4) It was filmed in something called “Psychovision”. I think this is just a codeword for poor color balance.
5) If I hear the phrase “Crimson Executioner” one more time I’m going to blow my brains out.

One spooky pumpkin out of five.

Nightmare Castle
1965
Directed by Mario Caiano

The motif of the same actress playing sisters differentiated only by their wig color is getting a bit played out. So is this plot, which is nearly identical to “The Ghost” and “Dominique is Dead”.

The quick run-down. Dead spouse. Ghost? Attempts to drive mad? Revenge! Profit! More revenge!

I’m not kidding.

This film also tries to make the claim that blood transfusions are the secret to immortality, literally restoring an old woman’s youth. Then when the magic young person blood is drained away from her she whithers to bones ala Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

One spooky pumpkin out of five.

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