Monday, June 24, 2013

The Long Hair of Death (1964)

Director: Antonio Margheriti

Starring: Barbara Steele, George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska, Umberto Raho, Laura Nucci, Giuliano Raffaelli, Nello Pazzafini, Jeffrey Darcey

More info: IMDb

Plot: In a 15th-century feudal village, a woman is accused of witchcraft and put to death. Her beautiful older daughter knows the real reason for the execution lies in the lord's sexual desire for her mother. After confronting the lord on the matter, she, too, is killed. A much younger daughter is spared and taken in by her mother's killers. Once she is of age, as a horrible, deadly plague sweeps the land, she marries the lord's worthless son. Then, during a brutal thunderstorm, the older daughter mysteriously reappears and begins to avenge her mother's death.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

Nice.  Margheriti crafted a lovely piece of horror oozing with atmosphere, beautiful camera work, sets and an effective story.  Barbara Steele is as lovely as ever playing a duel role.  She plays cold very well.  Carlo Rustichelli's score is very good, too.  The black and white photography serves the picture well.  And the ending!  Oh, boy!!!  Beautifully played.  The only thing that kept me from liking this any more is the poor print.  I searched for a better one but came up snake eyes.  If a nice transfer surfaces, I'll watch it again.

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