Tag: Cameron Mitchell
For me, this is Bava’s finest moment. His triumph of the genre which moves him away from all that gothic stuff into a giallo crime thriller with some brutal shocking murders. Still ultimately Bava’esque in lighting and cinematography design but focusing on a more contemporary plot and feel.
Recognised as one of the first slashers, this is a basic who-dun-it. A masked killer picks off model from a Rome agency, one by one murdering in a brutal manner before leaving them top be discovered. But what is the reasoning? What is the motive? This has a real Hitchcock feel about it, although what’s missing is a solid snappy script. The film looks glorious with gels lighting Roman hallways of beautiful apartments, a film focusing on the highlife and elegance which even makes the art of murder look beautiful and glamorous. The killer, skulking around the shadows with a long black coat, leather gloves and hat and a perfect white faceless mask. Beautiful Italian models hiding secrets, looking for answers and terrified that they could be the next on the list.
Bava tried his hand in an assortment of genre’s but this has got to be his most successful from an artistic and complete perfection point of view. The film is solid from start to finish building tension and atmosphere in abundance, ridiculously brilliant in it’s beauty and appearance, evey scene balance perfectly with shadow and colour. And what about that final pan around the house in the last few minutes?