Rent The Bloodstained Shadow (1978)

3.3 of 5 from 55 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
The canals of Venice might have been the basis for a red-coated killer in the classic 'Don't Look Now' but that feels like a mere warm-up for the knife-play of 'Bloodstained Shadow', a certified giallo masterpiece! Directed by Antonio Bido and starring the sensational Stefania Casini, the story focuses on a slew of slayings that all point towards someone harbouring some particularly horrifying past secrets. With all of the stylish black-gloved mayhem that the Italians specialise in, 'Bloodstained Shadow' is a crimson-caked crime-thriller in the tradition of Dario Argento - and its classy charms more than warrant this amazing update!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Teodoro Agrimi
Writers:
Marisa Andalò, Antonio Bido, Domenico Malan
Aka:
Solamente Nero
Studio:
88 Films
Genres:
Classics, Horror, Thrillers
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/02/2016
Run Time:
104 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Alternate Opening Titles and End Credits
  • Collectable Poster Artcard
  • Original Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/05/2015
Run Time:
106 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Alternate Opening Titles and End Credits
  • Collectable Poster Artcard
  • Original Trailer

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Reviews (1) of The Bloodstained Shadow

Spoilers follow ... - The Bloodstained Shadow review by NP

A beautifully photographed Venice provides a stunning and misty backdrop for this solid giallo. By 1978, I would have thought this particular strand of cinema would have vanished – but it is good to see the appetite for Italian horror/thrillers remains, even if it isn’t as prolific as it was in the early 1970s.

It is interesting to note that by this time, the male hero (Stefano, played by Lino Capolicchio) is not as meticulously coiffured as earlier in the decade, an is also a good deal more gallant and less blatantly chauvinistic towards the still glamorous heroine (Sandra, played by Stefania Casini).

Other than that, things have changed very little – it would hardly be a giallo if they had. We are still quickly headed knee-deep into a fairly convoluted storyline involving intrigue, graphic murder (the opening scene involves an unfortunate female throwing her mane of hair about as she is throttled in slo-mo) and a chorus line of suspects.

One for fans of giallo rather than for someone dipping their toe into the genre for the first time: this 119 minute runaround is rather too long for my tastes.

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