Rent Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

3.4 of 5 from 80 ratings
1h 39min
Rent Four Flies on Grey Velvet (aka 4 Mosche di Velluto Grigio) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A Twisted tale of tortured paranoia and homicidal frenzy. Who is the deranged maniac persecuting and mentally torturing celebrated rock musician Roberto Tobias (Michael Brandon)? First he's implicated in a horrifying stabbing and is soon surrounded by other senseless slaughter. The last strange images captured on one murder victim's eye retina contain the only clue to the demented criminal manipulator. And their identity will take Roberto over the edge of sanity to a shock horror peak...
Actors:
, , , , , , Marisa Fabbri, , Fabrizio Moroni, , , , , , , , , Leopoldo Migliori, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Salvatore Argento
Voiced By:
Charles Howerton, William Kiehl, Gene Luotto, Edward Mannix, Marc Smith
Writers:
Dario Argento
Aka:
4 Mosche di Velluto Grigio
Studio:
Shameless
Genres:
Classics, Horror
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Horror
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/01/2012
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Introduction and Exclusive Interview with Writer and Assistant Director Luigi Cozzi
  • Restored Film Rebuilt with Prior Missing Footage
  • Trailers
  • Photo gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/01/2012
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Exclusive Interview with Writer and Assistant Director Luigi Cozzi
  • Restored Film Rebuilt with Prior Missing Footage
  • Trailers
  • Photo Gallery

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Reviews (2) of Four Flies on Grey Velvet

Spoilers follow ... - Four Flies on Grey Velvet review by NP

Spoiler Alert
28/09/2017

There’s an instantly arresting opening credit sequence to this. Roberto Tobias (Michael Brandon) playing some dreaded progressive rock with his band, interspersed with a back background punctuated with a graphic beating heart. Ah, this will be directed (and co-written) by Dario Argento then!

The first few scenes are suitably macabre and bizarre also. Gruesome events are witnessed and apparently recorded by a strange figure wearing an outsized doll mask. Like Pete Walker’s later ‘The Comeback (1978)’, a male musician, rather than a female, is the victim of sinister events. In this case, this results in a lack of one of the many merits of giallo – no strong women characters. As Tobias’ wife Nina, Mimsy Farmer seems too weak-willed to stand up to him much of the time, and Nina’s cousin Daria (stunning Francine Racette) is very happy to fall into his arms (in the bath-tub no less). And yet the nervous Tobias is somewhat brash and arrogant, despite Brandon’s convincing portrayal, and this adds to a paucity of characters to identify with, much less side with.

Dario Argento’s occasionally overtly gaudy, wilfully weird set-ups and execution can sometimes actually work against the atmosphere of the films I have seen under his stewardship. This is very much the case here. There are some psychedelic moments, some truly surreal set-pieces and some impressive killings. He has a style which is very much his own, and rightly he has been lauded for his sense of unique imagery. And yet to my tastes, this is at the expense of a narrative I can really get involved in.

This was the final part of the ‘animal trilogy’ that had also included ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)’ and ‘The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)’, all of which contain traits similar to this. Enjoyable giallo entertainment, but I’m not entirely enamoured of the lurid execution.

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Four flies on grey velvet - Four Flies on Grey Velvet review by JA

Spoiler Alert
26/09/2018

The humour together with the tension make this a memorable film. The plot and sub plots are intertwined to active the mind. The cinematography can teach today’s film makers a thing or two! A film not to be dismissed!

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