Tragic Ceremony / Estratto dagli archive segreti della polizia di una capital europea (1972)

4.0 out of 5

A group of friends seek shelter from the rain in an isolated villa where they receive a seemingly good measure of hospitality. Little do the guests know that a satanic cult is preparing for a ceremony with plans to sacrifice their female companion Jane, played by Camille Keaton.

The main highlight of the film is a psychedelic bloodbath that occurs between the cult members while the guests manage to escape. The story slows down a bit afterwards as the escapees become primary suspects in the massacre, but picks up again when it’s apparent that something deadly has followed them from the ceremony.

Despite being a little slow at times, this fabulous supernatural giallo from Ricardo Freda manages to deliver and should please fans of the genre. Also, certain instances towards the end of Tragic Ceremony involving Keaton’s character brings to mind her infamous role in I Spit on your Grave, a film made 6 years later.

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