Bloodstained Shadow, The (1978)
Solamente Nero

Director: Antonio Bido
Genre: Giallo/Horror


"When a young college professor (Lino Capolichio of house with Laughing Windows) returns home to visit his Catholic priest bother (Craig Hill), prominent member of the community begin to be stalked and slaughtered by an unknown killer. Can the brothers uncover the identity of this deranged fiend, even while they are being tortured by their own nightmares of an unspeakble childhood trauma?

Directed by Antonio Bido (Watch Me When I Kill) and known in Italy as Solamente Nero, this suspenseful 1978 giallo co-stars Stefania Casini (Suspira) and features one of the last scores performed by the legendary band Goblin (Suspira, Deep Red).

The giallo (yellow) refers to the controversial series of savage Italian suspense thrillers that shocked international audiences throughout the '60s and '70s. The Giallo Collection presents these rarely seen classics fully restored from original vault elements and filled with all the explicit sex, graphic violence, and startling twist endings that have come to define this brutal, stylish genre." - from DVDPacific

My oppinion:
I bought this one through Anchor Bay's "The Giallo Collection" which is a nice collection that every giallo fan should have in his or her DVD collection. The setting for the movie is beautiful Venice (not really shot there, but close to it) and this setting is just perfect for this movie. The murder mystery is decent enough and the acting is above par for this genre in my opinion. Some of the murder scenes were a bit boring though, but especially one scene (involving fire..) was really cool. Some members of Goblin were involved in the score, and even though it's good, it's not among the best work they've done. If you have any Blue Underground DVD's you'll recognize one of the tracks from the score from the Blue Underground intro.
In conclusion, I don't think it's the best movie in the collection, but it's worth checking out for fans of the genre!

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or through "The Giallo Collection" at: DVDPacific or VideoUniverse