Archive for February 24th, 2010

Manhattan baby

by on Feb.24, 2010, under Daily Review

Proffessor George Hacker is on an excavational field trip in Egypt with his family. Whilst uncovering a tomb, an evil spirit is released possessing Hacker’s young daughter Susie, whilst Hacker was blinded by a blue light. Back in New York, the family are recovering as Hacker gets his sight back, but strange things begin to happen with death close behind.

This is a great film which emphasises Fulci’s talent. The plot is strange and mysterious with an ethereal threat from the desert. Both Egypt and New York are filmed beautifully, yet totally natural making the viewer feel they are part of the film. The Shots are all well constructed with a great vision, which makes full use of the glorious widescreen. It’s also great to see a very strong cast working hard within the boundaries of this film, which has a classic late 70’s feel about it. Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, Exorcist etc. The colours are soft and diluted which gives a natural feel; plenty of dusty sunlight through windows, back lighting actors, slightly bleaching out faces. Very nice.

The main cast, the Hacker’s are all very good. George, (Christopher Connelly) is convincing as the father and archaeologist. His Wife, Emily played by Laura Lenzi is outstanding here and it’s a shame she didn’t really make many other films. (Is she the Daughter of Umberto?) The two kids, Suzie and Tommy, played by Brigitta Boccoli and Giovanni Frezza are cracking child actors. Incredibly relaxed and natural in front of the cameras. Frezza also seen in House by the Cemetary and Boccoli makes the film her own, a true star in the making with real presence.

Let me also mention the score. Fabio Frizzi is a master of dramatic, cool and funky music which fits in so well with this film. Eerie in places, groovy in others: Superb.  

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