A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders, in this loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci.
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Astron 6 (Manborg) is back with this campy homage to the 70's/80's giallo genre. Any self respecting Bava or Argento fan is going to dig this one for its awkward dubbing, old school gore effects, music and surrealistic touches. Directors Kennedy and Brooks are also the leading men here with performances featuring tongue firmly in cheek. Some great laugh out loud moments but with some stylish horror as well.
While initially hilarious, this spoof on the giallo genre eventually wears out it’s welcome and becomes tedious and annoying. Eventually you find that the characters are too caricature to care about, and the continued lack of sincerity in any degree begins to drag. A good comedy needs a solid base, like a straight man character or some believability to hold our attention and become more than a string of jokes.
I´m a big fan of the giallo genre and can clearly see the ripe opportunity to spoof the genre since it inherently is quite silly and filled with histrionics. I´m sorry to say that this movie is not a very successful spoof or parody due to a meandering plot, somewhat aimless direction and jokes that miss more often than they hit the target. Still it was quite enjoyable in parts when the tropes and jokes worked.
Visually stunning with masterful camerawork and excellent giallo-esque utilization of colors, outstanding practical effects and gore, and believe it or not, a pretty good story underneath the hilarious dialog and intentionally absurd scenes. You'll have fun catching the subtle tributes to films and directors from all over the horror genre. This is both a parody and an homage, and is triumphant as both.
I really like it. I should give it more than 3 and who am I, as a fellow struggling independent film maker to give you a 3 out of 5. I am no one in truth.
However the cinematography was just a tad too over the top, of course the neo-giallo influence had to be made clear, but the subtly affected the craft almost. Fantastic over the top acting and incredible use of Udo Kier. Well done for keeping the Genre alive.