Paganini Horror / Il violino che uccide (1989)

0.5 out of 5

A rock band in need of a new hit song acquires a lost piece of music that was written by famed composer Paganini, who was rumored to have sold his soul to the devil. Intending to record the song as their own, they rent a large house in Venice where Paganini was reputed to have conducted Satanic rituals, in order to exploit the location for use in their horror-themed music video. It isn’t long before they are menaced by supernatural forces as well as a masked figure wielding a deadly blade-tipped violin.

Not even the presence of Daria Nicolodi and Donald Pleasence can save Luigi Cozzi’s train wreck of a film. The screenplay, which was co-written by Cozzi and Nicolodi, is a mess of horrible dialogue and nonsensical supernatural weirdness. Bizarre death scenes are accentuated by red and blue lighting – bringing to mind an unholy yet uninspired union between Suspiria and The Legacy. These scenes are made worse by inferior special effects which consist of fake looking bolts of electricity or blood splashed against the walls.

Despite some usually talented cast and crew members, this film fails on all levels. Even Cozzi completists may want to avoid this one.

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