Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Giallo! Somebody must have been whispering these words (maybe shouting 'em) in the ear of semi-fledgling, Italian filmmaker Joseph Tito, because the fellow has pretty much done just that with his straight-to-video (here in the USA, at least) DEATH OF THE VIRGIN -- at the same time giving this storied, if overrated, "yellow" genre a decidedly 21st-century, torture-porn twist.
producer/actor Silvio Oddi, who plays the inspector who's looking into all these killings. Together they're quite a team; they may not bring back Giallo, but they've served up a steaming hunk of horror movie "camp" in which most of the characters end up dead in various ghastly ways.
Natasha Allan, one eye of whose is shown below) -- is seemingly given to bad nightmares and weird visions.
The Munsters, while the other guests are fairly stock (and played in stock manner): the gay couple; the overbearing, relgious-nut mother and her cowed, adult son. But the real reason for the existence of this movie, as we soon learn, is to revel in more and more bizarre ways to exterminate its characters. Granted this has always been a large part of the "charm" of giallo, but in the hands these filmmakers, there is little else into which to sink one's teeth.
Michele De Angelis do come up with some nice visuals now and then, combining color, darkness, religious motifs, nunsploitation and gore. Death of the Virgin, from Indican Pictures, a so-so time-waster for fans of this sort of thing, made its DVD debut last month and is available now for purchase or rental (though Netflix doesn't seem to have it yet).