All The Colours Of The Dark / Tutti i colori del buio (1972)

4.0 out of 5

Edwige Fenech is Jane, a woman who suffers from a deteriorating mental state after the accidental death of her unborn child. She has recurring dreams that involve, among other horrific images, the stabbing murder of her mother by a blue-eyed assailant, which she witnessed as a child. Desperate, she follows the advice of a neighbor and participates in a black mass. Her condition seems to improve until she finds herself relentlessly pursued by the same blue-eyed man from her nightmares.

Sergio Martino’s psychedelic giallo is a visually stylish Italian/Spanish co-production set in Britian that is also known as Day of the Maniac and They’re Coming to Get You. It features a frightening score by Bruno Nicolai and several highly atmospheric dream sequences. Although the plot is not entirely original, its distinctive mood is somewhat reminiscent at times to Lizard In A Woman’s Skin, where reality is constantly called into question.

The film boasts an impressive cast, including George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov, Susan Scott, Marina Malfatti, and George Rigaud. Fenech in particular gives an excellent performance, which may be one of her finest. This film is highly recommended for fans of both Fenech and Martino, and should appeal to giallo and occult-horror audiences equally.

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