The year is 1885, and necrophiliac Dr. Hitchcock accidentally administers an overdose and kills his wife. Several years later he remarries, with the intention of using the blood of his new bride to bring his first wife’s rotting corpse back to life.
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Along with Mario Bava,Riccardo Freda is one of the masters of Italian Gothic Cinema.What the film may lack in horror or suspended is made up for in perversion and atmosphere.Scripted by the great Ernesto Gastaldi,the storyline is Poe meets du Maurier,"Tomb Of Ligeia"meets"Rebecca",with a good dose of Hitchcock thrown in(the milk sequence is pure"Suspicion"!).Add into the mix Scream Queen Barbara Steele for a classic.
This feels like an Italian gothic horror of the period as directed by GEORGES FRANJU. Its more in line with his "horror in homeopathic doses" and would make a stunning double with LES YEUX SANS VISAGE. More low key than most such films and more powerfully suggestive. The extreme nature of the story seems to be almost elusive, so that afterwards I wonder if I dreamt it all. This is transgressive art at its best.