Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Il Rosso Segno Della Follia
Alternate title: Blood Brides
Italy/Spain, 1970. Pan Latina Films, Mercury Films, Películas Ibarra y Cía., Manuel Caño Sanciriaco. Screenplay by Santiago Moncada. Cinematography by Mario Bava. Produced by Manuel Cano. Music by Sante Maria Romitelli. Production Design by Giulia Mafai. Costume Design by Montserrat Riba Vidal, Jose Maria Tresserra. Film Editing by Soledad Lopez.
Stephen Forsyth plays a bridal dress manufacturer who seems to have a harmonious business going on with his older, indulgent wife (Laura Betti). What no one knows is that he is a cold-blooded killer whose childhood-induced Oedipus complex compels him to murder every woman he sees wearing a wedding dress, which is easy to accomplish considering the amount of models to come work for the couple. Betti tries to deal with his increasing distance from her by becoming more motherly, but you could just imagine where this will take him. Imaginative direction and beautiful lighting make for a strong Italian giallo picture that is not hideously exploitative but is also not afraid to indulge in trashiness either. Director Mario Bava makes up for the lack of imagination in plotting by focusing his efforts on finding new ways to shoot Forsyth’s handsome face and create pools of beautiful light around him. Lots of harmless fun.