Whisper in the Dark, A / Un Sussurro nel buio (1976)

3.0 out of 5

Camilla’s son, Martino, has an imaginary brother named Luca, which to her concern happens to be the name of the child she lost during pregnancy. A psychiatrist, played by Joseph Cotten, is called in and a number of strange occurrences take place.

Marcello Aliprandi’s film is an atmospheric piece that delivers more drama and mystery than horror. The mansion in the film is packed with a colorful household, among them John Phillip Law, and is brought to life with the marvelous cinematography of Claudio Cirillo. Also of note are some touching scenes that involve apparent encounters between the mother and the ghost of her unborn child.

A Whisper in the Dark is not a bad film, it’s just likely to disappoint viewers expecting a high body count Bava-esque gothic thriller, which it is not. What hurts it significantly is how nothing ends up being resolved with the film’s alluring ghost story, which causes it to not be as fondly remembered as it should be.

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