Fatal Frames (1996)
Trumpeted as the return of the classic Italian thriller, this inexplicably prize-winning giallo nuovo concerns an American director named Alex Ritt (Rick Gianasi) who is brought to Rome by his friend Daniel (Leo Daniel) to direct a music video featuring hot starlet Stefania Stella (Stefania Stella di Giandomenico). Ritt's wife was killed in New York as part of a series of five machete-murders videotaped by a black-gloved assassin, and as soon as he arrives in Rome, the killings begin anew, with Alex a helpless witness to all of them and the prime suspect. There's also a subplot involving occultists led by a creepy blind Countess (Alida Valli from Suspiria), and pretty soon a parapsychologist (scream queen Linnea Quigley) gets involved as well. The middle of the film consists primarily of an interminably tedious police procedural which drags the film out to an ungodly 137 minutes, but viewers are advised not to fall asleep before the film's mind-boggling conclusion, which must be seen to be believed. … More
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I still can't decide if it was intentional to make a stereotypical Italian Giallo from the 80's or if they thought they were really making a good movie but either way I liked it. Fairly violent, lots of red herrings, bad dialogue and a nice twist make it feel like a lost film of Argento's or Fulci's. It also features the last appearance of Donald Pleasence who died during production and the makers do a great job of writing his character out of the film using a reference to that other famous movie he was in.More
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