La Bambola di Satana (1969)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Giallo  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |  
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Similar to 1967's Assassino Senza Volto in its melding of classical Gothic trappings with the giallo thriller elements just coming into renewed vogue, this castle-set horror mystery from Italian filmmaker Ferruccio Casapinta benefits from a slicker look and a better sense of humor. Casapinta lays on the atmosphere thick and heavy, with thunderstorms, howling wolves, and a Hammer Films-inspired score by Franco Potenza to heighten the mood. It all seems a bit overwrought, but fans of Italian horror don't come to it for subtlety. Indeed, the nearly operatic histrionics on display are immensely enjoyable, for their camp value if nothing else.