Stefano, a young artist, arrives in a tranquil Italian village to restore the local church’s fresco of the St. Sebastian martyr – depicting the saint’s bloody body slashed by arrows – painted some years earlier by a deranged local artist who, the villagers hint, created snuff paintings by torturing his models who were in the throes of dying when he painted them!
Gradually Stefano discovers the rumours about the painter might be true, as the village’s gruesome and taboo secret unravels into a seething web of madness, gory deaths and unspeakable horror culminating in a final diabolical twist and jaw-dropping conclusion. —Shameless Screen Entertainment
Giuseppe Avati, better known as Pupi Avati (born 3 November 1938), is an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter.
Pupi Avati was born in Bologna in 1938. After attending the faculty of Political Science at the University of Bologna, he started working in a frozen food company. At the same time he developed a passion for jazz, becoming an amateur musician as a clarinetist. In the second half of the 1950s he formed and played in the Doctor Dixie Jazz Band, which saw also Lucio Dalla as member.
He intended to pursue a professional career as a musician but, after realising that he was not talented enough, in the mid 1960s he decided to dedicate himself to cinema, his other love, after seeing Federico Fellini’s 8½ and its portrait of the role of a director.
His ambitions and passion for music will be however a recurrent theme of his production, as well as the love for his hometown, where he set many of his movies.
His production as a director includes… read more
I watched this movie tonight. There were no subtitles, but I did not need subtitles to know they were talking Italian
A creepy atmosphere. The music was really good, there was so much tension but in the end, the story left me somewhat dissapointed!
Don't know if I'm giving it a 3 or a 4. The music was one of the scariest sounds in the movie and really set the mood, and that was the most important thing. Thinking that the story and the characters weren't that new or original. No jump scares, but you'll get a real uneasy feeling when watching this.
Moody and surreal giallo that mostly eschews gore for a creepy atmosphere. If David Lynch made a giallo, it would be this movie. Don't come to this looking for gruesome kills. But unlike most giallo, the mystery is actually very effective and (mostly) makes sense.
Composer Amedeo Tommasi’s opening contrast between two clashing sonic subjectivities establishes a protagonist who is way in over his head.