Autopsy / Macchie solari (1975)

3.5 out of 5

Even in the fantastical world of the giallo Autopsy stands out as something of an oddity. Not especially more convoluted than other entries it nevertheless dips a toe into the world of pseudo-science as does Dario Argento with his communion with the insects in Phenomena or Pupi Avati with his K-zones.

With a solar flare theme much of the movie is shot on locations under sunlight which is always a bonus. Such mise-en-scène, as with possibly the most interesting and retro-futurist moment of Tenebrae, even while contrasting sharply with the dark shadows of the Gothic realms which the genre occasionally inhabits can, in it's own right, prove to be extremely unnerving especially when accompanied by unsettling and discordant cues, replete with howls and moans, as provided by composer Ennio Morricone.

Fans of Footprints on the Moon or the equally oddball Zeder should have little problem in getting into the groove of this one but those less in tune with the more experimental areas of genre cinema may find the whole thing a little too trippy. Genre favourites Ray Lovelock and Mimsy Farmer star.

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