An eerie and astonishing scenary opens the path to a brilliant uncertainty of whether the killings are caused by a curse, superantural forces or one of the guests. However, those same characters act in such strange and unreasonable ways in the situation they're in that it affects the progression and the focus on the story. Ultimately it doesn't work, even though it could have had easily succeeded.
Incredibly goth and partly scary atmosphere which remind some very good giallo films from this period. The creeped out and mysterious setting almost makes the whole movie. The storyline is a bit simplistic but it is not the most important. I suspect that Michel Soavi has been inspired by this one for "Bloody bird".
Great location, the cast were admirably loathsome, and the cinematography is workmanlike. I agree that this is a definite precursor to the slasher film. Some of the pacing does bog it down somewhat. The supernatural bent is what separates this from being a by the numbers Giallo
Found in the German Camera Obscura collection, a must for the dedicated giallo fan. A giallo mixing the mystery mood of Agatha Christie's 'And Then They Were None' and the fantastic undertones of E.A. Poe's 'The Mask of the Red Death'. The screenplay is extremely well written for such a genre movie and the actors are all credible (YES!). The discovery of the month, a must for giallo fans, a masterpiece. Bravo!
Brilliant use of location, the theatre makes for a great setting. There's a great mix here between Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel and Agatha Christie's And then There Were None. However there's way too much misogyny and violence directed towards the female characters; which hinder the movie's quality in my opinion.
Unsure why this remains unavailable on a quality DVD release. Far more of a slasher than most gialli, which is saying something, Nove poltrone manages to push the theater setting to full use, relies on the theme of 'performance', and restrains itself from becoming a boring Ten Little Indians rip-off. There are many traps that these films can fall into when casts are aware early on, but there are more positives here.