prominent New York music video director
named Alex Ritt (Rick Gianasi) travels to
Italy to direct a new music video for a
pop sensational star named Stefania
Stella. However, a blood thristy killer
in a dark cloak is killing his women with
a machette and videotaping the victims
for the police as well as another
American named Rebecca (Veronica Logan)
in which Alex witnessed with his own eyes
but her corpse disappears when he brings
the police to the incidents. But the dead
bodies keep piling up i8n the city of
keeps having nightmares of his victims
haunting him as well as when he's awake.
He tries to seek help from others to
uncover the truth before it's too late as
well as detectives and doctors
questioning him about the murders making
him out to be a suspect and shows
arrogant attitude towards this.
he goes to the aid of another American
named Wendy Williams (Linnea Quigley) to
help him out on this case but yet she
could be the killers next victim and will
Alex have to face up to this killer
This is a superb
Italian horror flick that works on it's
Some people that are into our kinds of
horror films might not understand an
Italian type of horror film as both have
Made on a good low budget for an
independent film and would advise others
to check it out as it is also almost like
watching a music video at times.
A nice plot on someone almost losing it
when he tries to know why he's haunted by
these murders and trying to escape the
The acting is in
fairly good taste. Stefania Stella
really stood out in her role as an
Italian superstar singer with nice
characteristics and expressions to her
Rick Gianasi as the American
music producer was just average in his
part of the film but not terrible.
However, he could have picked up the pace
David Warbeck played a nice
commissioner with plenty of energy to his
Alida Valli was a true character
actress as the countess of the mansion as
she came across very untrustworthy like.
We also get a supporting cast by some
familiar horror film actors.
This is no doubt Linnea Quigley's
best performance in a film (I had to push
aside her role as Trash in Return
of the Living Dead when I saw
her in this) and should've won an award
for best supporting actress like she did
in Corpses Are Forever.
This was also Donald Pleasence's
last film before he died which he passed
away in the middle of the shoot. There
was also a one liner joke about his role
as Loomis in Halloween.
A man is watching
a film of a naked women being tortured
with a machette.
There is a topless sex scene by Stefania
Stella full breasted but the scene
is fairly dusky.
Plenty of graphic
violence as a couple of heads are
decapitated as well as necks being
slashed open and machette's are being
sliced through victims' heads as well.
Linnea's ex-husband who is a
special effects make up wizard Steve
Johnson did the effects for this
flick like he did with many other horror
films such as A Nightmare On Elm
Street 4: The Dream Master, Night
of the Demons, Pet
Semetary II and Brainscan.
seems to know what he's doing with this
one as he can deliver some gothic shocks
to this one.
There's a perfect close up shot on Stefania
Stella lowering her sunglasses
coming out of a car to introduce herself.
Festa shows many terrific moments with
Stella performing her music videos
with the other bit part cast doing some
slow motion dancing or acting lustful and
other stuff like that.
There's a perfect dusky lighting set on Rick
Gianasi with a big camera shot on
him walking up to a mansion and then
great scene's with supporting actress Veronica
Logan calling after him and running
away as well as him chasing after her.
Great shots on her being slayed with
perfect shots on the killer slashing her.
Terrific camera shots circling around Gianasi
while doing a chant with some of the
other cast members led by supporting
actress Nina Soldano. Gianasi
does well tripping out and knew how
to act intense towards Soldano and
being demanding with her causing her to
be frightened as well as spitting in his
A great shot with Gianasi standing
at a metal gate calling towards Soldano
running around the area as well as a
perfect slaughtering scene on her by the
killer in slow motion.
We spot a strong dialogue between Gianasi
being questioned by Rossano Brazzi and
Gianasi really showed fair
attitude towards him with a great camera
shot on him while doing so.
Excellent camera panning on both actors Gianasi
and Stella dining outside
having a conversation.
There's a nice setting involving Donald
Pleasance, David Warbeck and
Ugo Pagliai having a serious
matter in an office about the murders.
A nice dark lustful scene between these
two with a navy blue light shining on
them and good close up shots.
A great lighting shot on Soldano as
a spirit of some sort calling towards Gianisi
in a hallway as he shows nice tense
expressions when he spots this.
Gianissi expresses great nasty behavior
in the office room with Pleasance,
Warbeck and Pagliai.
Nice shots on Gianissi standing
on a bridge looking over a river with
voice over work on a dialogue between him
and Linnea Quigley which made it
A good shot of Quigley calling
down to Gianissi from a house
window telling him some good news.
There's a good echoey sound effect
dialogue between the two when she
explains his hauntings from a book she
found about a historical killer as well
as a great shot on them looking at the
book and talking about it.
A nice presence by Angus Scrimm
towards Gianissi as it was
almost very Tall Man like and it tried to
look intimidating too but yet it was a
wee bit corny.
A perfect nightmare sequence with a red
light shining on Gianissi amd
the killer slaying him in slow motion.
Good shots on him running in the village
A nice brief dialogue between Alida
Valli and Quigley as well
as a nice creepy shot on Valli when
Gianissi tries to talk to her.
This may be a spoiler but there's a
terrific death scene by Quigley
with her painful expressions but it was
worth reviewing as you will all enjoy it.
Great and intense looks and reactions on David
Warbeck holding a gun and
threatening to shoot.
Perfect spooky shots on Gianissi
running downstairs and through the halls
in the mansion with lightning effects
from the windows when he tries to find
who is whispering his name as it looks
We spot a perfect vicious scene between Gianissi
and Stella which looked
believeably evil with what goes on
between the two of them in the mansion as
well as the tauntings towards Gianissi
performed by Stella, Quigley,
Logan and Soldano making
him lose his sanity to tell the truth was
Festa did a marvellous job with this film
The music was
composed by who other than
writer/director Al Festa with
some very interesting keyboard and organ
playing along with some great numbers he
wrote for Stefania Stella to
perform like "Alibi",
City" and "Desert Flower"