Five Dolls for an August Moon / 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto (1970)

4.0 out of 5

Five Dolls for an August Moon features a limited amount of location, centred around a single house and beach, the cinematography is good and some pretty interesting ideas get the best from what is used. This should be unsurprising as this is a Mario Bava film and Mario knew what he was doing.

The film is a giallo with some dark comedic touches and sees a group of self absorbed rich types out for a party get picked off one by one and stashed away with the meat in the freezer. Not that anyone really notices or cares too much until the assembled party has dwindled somewhat.

This ensemble thriller has the feel of an Agatha Christie type story. The clues are pretty straightforward and the mystery is easier to solve than many in the genre. This is a good thing, the film makes some sense.

Along with a star cast we get introduced to Ely Galleani who later plays a sort of living doll in Baba Yaga.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics