The Bloodstained Shadow (Solamente nero) (1978)





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This well-handled giallo thriller was directed by Antonio Bido (Il Gatto dagli Occhi di Giada). After a young girl is murdered by a mysterious stranger, the young Stefano (Lino Capolicchio) comes home to Venice to visit his brother (Craig Hill), a priest with many enemies. As people start dying left and right, Bido introduces an odd assortment of characters, including a wife-killing doctor, an abortionist, and a nutty gay Count (Massimo Serato) who molests children. Stefano tries figuring out the mystery while having an affair with an interior decorator (Suspiria's Stefania Casini). It might be argued that the plot is merely a reworking of Lucio Fulci's superior Non se Sevizio un Paperino (1971), with shades of Capolicchio's previous starring turn in Pupi Avati's La Casa dalle Finestre che Ridono (1976), but in Italian genre film, the question of derivative plotlines becomes almost superficial. It works, and should please Euro-thriller fans.
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Massimo Serato
as Conte Mariani
Craig Hill
as Don Paolo
Stefania Casini
as Sandra Sellani
Lino Capolicchio
as Stefano d'Arcangeli
Laura Nucci
as La fattucchiera
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Critic Reviews for The Bloodstained Shadow (Solamente nero)

All Critics (3)

When we learn the identity of the killer and his motive, the story seems nothing less than ludicrous.

Full Review… | January 28, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A good giallo, not a great one.

Full Review… | May 4, 2004
Goatdog's Movies

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Full Review… | May 7, 2003
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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.

Greg S
Greg S

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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.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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