There are two must-see satanic giallo thrillers from the early 70s; Aldo Lado’s Short Night of Glass Dolls and this one; Sergio Martino’s claustrophobic, visually overwhelming All the Colors of the Dark. Instead of having a series of murders, like in most other gialli, this film focuses on its female protagonist, played by Edwige Fenech – possibly the most gorgeous woman ever to be put on film. Here she plays Jane, a young woman who recently suffered a miscarriage following a car accident. Now she has reoccurring nightmares about an old lady with rotten teeth and a knife-wielding, blue-eyed maniac (Ivan Rassimov). Soon, she sees this guy is really following her; in the subway, on the street – here, there, everywhere, feeling her up with his icy blue eyes and stuff.
Jane’s boyfriend, a pharmaceutical salesman (played by the smooth and suave George Hilton), thinks the cure is vitamins. But she decides to try satanic rituals instead! Her sister (Susan Scott) and her neighbor (Marina Malfatti) offer to cure her with black magic. But the rituals only make her condition worse. And the satanic cult are more interested in having lots of dirty, dirty sex with her and getting their hands on her inheritance. This is another rock solid Sergio Martino film. It’s clearly inspired by Rosemary’s Baby, and it has a great score by Bruno Nicolai. Fenech is quite effective here, running and screaming. She was always great in these mentally screwed-up, hysterical victim roles. And you find yourself sympatheising with her as usual, although she cheats on her boyfriend with an entire satanic cult. It’s not a typical giallo with a gloved killer murdering one fashion model after the other, but essential for giallo fans; An intriguing and beautiful film.
Aka. They’re Coming To Get You
Release year: 1972
Director: Sergio Martino
– They cannot be exorcised from the world because their power has grown too strong… their numbers too many!