Review: Spirits of Death (1972)

It’s nothing more soothing than some lesbian love when you’ve just been frightened by a bunch of scorpions. That’s right, I’ve been watching Italian b-movies again…

blu“SPIRITS OF DEATH” (Un Bianco Vestito per MarialĂ©)
1972
Giallo/Horror
Italy

Director: Romano Scavolini
Stars: Ida Galli, Ivan Rassimov, Luigi Pistilli
Distributor: Camera Obscura
Runtime: 89 mins
BLU RAY REGION B

“I’ve had enough masquerade for one day. Even hypocrisy is better than this dirty carnival”

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The traumatized Marialé lives her life sedated and isolated in a big castle together with her trigger-happy husband and an evil butler. She finally manages to call for her friends to join her in a decadent party that turns into an orgy of death and decay.

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Another angle of the Giallo genre. It’s an inventive combination of surrealism and gothic horror mixed with your usual “whodunnit”. The stretched out surreal and decadent masquerade is both a social commentary and a playful cinematic experience. The plot is as stupid as always, but who cares? I love how the start and the ending is tied together. Worth a watch, and a great combo with beer! Cheers!

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