The Bloodstained Shadow (Solamente nero) (1978)
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When we learn the identity of the killer and his motive, the story seems nothing less than ludicrous.
Audience Reviews for The Bloodstained Shadow (Solamente nero)
A professor and his priest brother solve a plague of murders on an Italian island outside Venice. The kind of mystery where the screenwriter hides the identity of the killer by keeping any meaningful clues away from the audience for as long as possible, making it difficult to care about the story.
As convoluted as any Giallo, this one features Lino Capolicchio being thrust into a murder mystery upon returning to his hometown, a recurring theme in both films I've caught him in - if I were him, I'd stop traveling. Moody and atmospheric, with just enough hints to childhood trauma to keep you guessing, this one is a decent little rental.
In the history of the giallo, The Bloodstained Shadow is not of great importance--it is not a masterpiece like other exailmples of the genre. It is a bit too long for a giallo and can perhaps become a little tedious, but it is still a fun and entertaining film for fans of the genre. That being said, if you are a fan of the genre, then you will most likely have a good time watching the film, for it features many delightful staples of this deprived sub-genre of horror: stylish direction, a score by Goblin, a priest harassed by unknown murderers, a clairvoyant who holds seances with the big wigs in town, an abortionist midwife, and a rich homosexual pedophile who seduces all the local boys into his service serve as only some of the debauched sidenotes of this murder mystery. Fun but forgettable, The Bloodstained Shadow will entertain giallo and Italian horror fans even if it doesn't leave a profound impression.
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