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All the Colors of the Dark
Todos los Colores de la Oscuridad / Day of the Maniac / Demons of the Dead / Die Farben der Nacht / They're Coming to Get You

Italy/Spain 1972
produced by
Luciano Martino, Mino Loy for Lea Film, National Cinematografica, C.C.Astro
directed by Sergio Martino
starring Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov, Julián Ugarte, George Rigaud, Susan Scott (= Nieves Navarro), Marina Malfatti, Alan Collins (= Luciano Pigozzi), Maria Cumani Quasimodo, Dominique Boschero, Lisa Leonardi, Renato Chiantoni, Tom Felleghy, Vera Drudi, Carla Mancini, Gianni Pulone
story by SAntiago Moncada, screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi, Sauro Scavolini, music by Bruno Nicolai

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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 attacker ...

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 fall together.

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.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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