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Jane (Edwige Fenech) is having constant nightmares about a strange man
(Ivan Rassimov) trying to kill her, and she has the feeling that the man
of her dreams is following her around in real life, too. But while her
husband Richard (George Hilton) thinks that it's just her nerves and gives
her vitamin pills, her sister Barbara (Susan Scott) insists that she
visits Dr Burton (George Rigaud), the psychiatrist she's working at. Jane
does so, but it seems with only moderate success. Then though she meets a
neighbour she has never met before, Mary (Marina Malfatti), who suggests
visiting a Black Mass as a therapy - to which Jane agrees, all the more
surprising since her nightmares suggest a background in Satanism.
At the Black Mass, Jane is forced to drink blood, to strip, and to take
part in an orgy. Surprisingly enough, she gets better - the nightmares
disappear, and she - for the first time in months - is able to have sex
with her hubby again.
Everything is fine until she stumbles upon the strange man from her
dreams again (in real life), and he makes an attempt at her life ...
It's back to the Black Mass for Jane, and this time she is not only the
centerpiece of an orgy, she is also drugged and forced to stab Mary
(though it eludes me why).
This isn't exactly the therapy Jane wanted, plus one of the satanists
turns out to be the strange man who has been following her for days,
so when her husband isn't home, she turns to Doctor Burton for help, who
brings her to safety in his house in the country - or so he thinks,
because the strange man has been following Jane, and the next day he has
killed the caretakers of the house plus Doctor Burton - and now he
prepares to kill Jane as well, only her husband Richard, who has somehow
learned about her whereabouts, saves her in the last minute and kills her
But everything is not over yet, it now turns out that
everything was an elaborate plan of Jane's own sister Barbara to have Jane
killed, because the two sisters have inherited the vast fortunes of the
man who killed their mother (both also Satanists) years ago (and before
Jane's very eyes, thus the nightmares) in equal shares, but since Barbara
wasn't willing to share, she wanted to use the ring of Satanists to get
Jane out of the way. Somehow though, all Satanists die for one reason or
another, all but their leader (Julián
Ugarte), who makes a last desperate attempt to kill Richard and
Jane in the finale, but ultimately falls off the very roof he has
cornered them upon.
Sergio Martino has directed some very nice gialli
(the Italian version of the serial killer murder mystery) at the beginning
of the 1970's, for example Torso
and Your Vice is a Locked
Room and Only I have the Key immediately come to mind. All
Colors of the Dark on the other hand is one of his lesser efforts,
mainly because of an overly constructed, completely muddled and utterly
unbelievable screenplay. Main point: It just escapes my mind why a woman
having nightmares featuring Satanist symbols would attend a Black Mass to
soothe her nerves. That just defies logic, yet it is the set-up for
everything to come. And how come Jane dreams of the strange man killing
her before she has even met him (ond before he tries to kill her in real
life) ? It just doesn't make sense, no matter how you turn it. To be fair
though, the script is not Sergio Martino's fault, and despite everything,
he turns in a stylish and effective direction job, even if any memorable
setpieces are sadly missing. It's just that the silly story refuses to
Still, if you like gialli for their lack of logic (and
there are quite a few people who do that), you might enjoy this one.