We're once again in Fulci's domain - the land of muted colours, listless protagonists and fractured narrative.
The opening seven minutes show the Roman director on top form delivering a well-choreographed softcore Nazi orgy. Al Cliver has a memorable cameo as a cocaine-crazed officer. This intro is devoid of dialogue and works perfectly as a self-contained short film.Pity Fulci had to tack another 80 minutes of supernatural teen pseudohorror bullshit onto this little gem.
The first line spoken by one of the 'teenagers' as they enter the film is 'che noia!' - 'how boring!'Indeed, it heralds the arrival of the worst and most washed-out Fulci film I've seen.
Demonia is better.Touch of Death is way better.Sweet House of Horrors isn't much better but at least has great cinematography.
Sodoma's Ghost could make a suicide double-bill with the equally moronic and interminably long (but still cult) Graveyard Disturbance/Una notte al cimitero. Sitting through those two back-to-back could bring even the most resilient fan's love affair with Italian genre cinema to a premature end.
Read star Sebastian Harrison's review at the IMDb
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
'I abhor Nature, for I know her well' - this line is repeated several times throughout Jess Franco's Helter Skelter.What does it mean(is it even grammatically correct)? Is it a quote from Marquis de Sade? Why is the film called Helter Skelter?
Helter Skelter is a fragmentary film that despite it's episodic nature has really great flow to it.
Jess takes us to a place beyond time. A place of over-saturated colours where glowing lights and forms have eclipsed logic and narrative progression.
Helter Skelter is not a genius film and is sure to frustrate the hell out of most people.
I don't think I could sell the idea of it to anyone who isn't a die-hard Franco fan already.
Let the images speak for themselves.