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

2.5 out of 5

Delightful cinematography and wonderful supernatural set pieces combine to make for what could have been a classic had the film been within a structured narrative
to give form to what is, no doubt, a sympathetic telling of a ghost story.

Instead, despite creating an atmosphere that those who like titles such as Bava's Schock, The Innocents or The Changeling may find agreeable, the creepy kids in the bourgeois household meme, a la The Others, is not well served by a plot which ultimately leads nowhere.

It is a shame that despite mist, which is always creepy, a gothic setting, twin girls who speak in unison, a child's imaginary friend who may not, after all, be imaginary and lots of nocturnal creaks and bumps, what it all amounts to is a project that is far short of the film this could so easily have been.

The money shot is denied when exhaustion of every creepy kid haunted house cliché in the ghost trope book becomes the cue for the rolling of the end credits, leaving a feeling of largely chill-free perplexity in place of a conclusion.

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