Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Night of the Devils (1972)

Original title: La Notte dei Diavoli

Director: Giorgio Ferroni

Writers: Eduardo Manzanos Brochero, Romano Migliorini, Gianbattista Mussetto, Aleksei Tolstoy

Composer: Giorgio Gaslini

Starring: Gianno Garko, Agostina Belli, Roberto Maldera, Cinzia De Carolis, Teresa Gimpera, Bill Vanders, Umberto Raho, Luis Suarez, Sabrina Tamborra, Rosita Torosh, Stefano Oppedisano, Maria Monti, John Bartha, Tom Felleghy, Renato Turi

Tagline: Creatures of the Living Dead

More info: IMDb

Plot:  The patriarch of a family fears that he will show up one day in vampire form. Should this happen, he warns his family not to let him back in his house, no matter how much he begs them.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

You never know what you're going to get when you watch some early 70s Euro Horror except one's probably going to be slow.  No exception here.  The pacing issue makes this feel more of a horror/drama than straight up horror in the sense of what you'd think. The performances are fine (the copy I had was dubbed in English so it's hard to tell how the acting is sometimes as you've got two people working the same part).  Gaslini's main theme is lovely and it gets a lot of mileage, adding to the pacing issue.  There is some gore, kills and boobs (yay!) which helps a lot but that 86 minutes feels a tad longer when you're in the middle of it.  It's got a good ending.  Hmmm, so I guess the only thing that detracted for me is it being a little slow.  Still, not a bad film.  It feels like ages since I dabbled in the Euro Horror genre of this period.  I really need to make it more a part of my cinema diet as well as 70s Euro Crime, 60s Euro Spy, 70s Pinky Violence and so on.  I feel malnourished now.

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