Long Hair of Death, The / I lunghi capelli della morte (1964)

3.5 out of 5

Revenge a dish best served dead cold and convoluted as would be expected when up offered up by Ernesto Gastaldi and, while the film may take a circuitous route to the Wicker Man-esque finale, that point is certainly worth the journey. Heavy on the atmospherics and with a quirky supernatural angle that would appeal to those who enjoyed Hatchet For The Honeymoon this is drama of historical intrigue and with plenty spooky goings on.

The premise, which is simplicity in itself, could best be summarized as those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad and screen goddess Barbara Steele here takes it upon herself to play the role of the gods. Her homicidal former witch-burning victim is mentally tortured until he goes completely of his trolley and then he meets his maker in manner befitting of his crime. It's good.

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