Title: ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK and THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH
Location: Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
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Description: As part of its Thursday Giallos series, the Cinefamily’s 3rd Annual Halloween Horror Film Festival presents this double bill from director Sergio Martino: ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK (uncut) and THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH.
All The Colors of the Dark – 8:00pm
One of the wildest, trippiest thrillers to come out of Italy, this nightmarish mixture of Rosemary’s Baby and Blood and Black Lace was the second hit teaming of director Sergio Martino and his voluptuous leading lady Edwige Fenech. Here she plays a London wife recovering from a car crash and miscarriage whose best friend decides to help her out by — uh, initiating her into a Satanic cult where she’s forced to drink fox blood and participate in an orgy. Then there’s her suspicious husband, her even more suspicious sexy female neighbor, and recurring visions of her mother’s stabbing death. Bruno Nicolai’s incredible sitar-laced score and a staggering experimental opening nightmare sequence are just the icing on this very decadent cake (shown very heavily cut in the U.S. as They’re Coming to Get You), proudly presented in an extremely rare uncut 35mm presentation you’ll probably never see in L.A. again! DJ Mahssa (of Dublab) will be here to spin tunes before and in-between the films!
Dir. Sergio Martino, 1972, 35mm, 94 min.
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh – 9:45pm
Stunning Euro screen goddess Edwige Fenech shot a huge dose of sexual adrenaline into the Italian thriller craze with this landmark mixture of horror and twisty mystery, courtesy of stylish director Sergio Martino. Here, she plays the dissatisfied wife of a diplomat who’s still haunted by visions of a perverse relationship with her knife-wielding ex — one who used to play weird rape games during rainstorms and is now popping up to send her roses and menacing death threats. Will Fenech go mad from all these disturbing dreams? Or is someone trying to drive her mad? Featuring a gorgeous soundtrack by Nora Orlandi, some amazing scenes like a party where girls rip off each other’s paper clothes, and a plot twistier than a drunken conga line, this essential slice of ‘70s Italian pop culture, also known as Blade of the Ripper, is making a very rare 35mm appearance back on the big screen where it belongs.
Dir. Sergio Martino, 1971, 35mm.
Date: 2010-10-28 starting at 8pm
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- Dario Argento Double Bill
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