The Blood Stained Shadow

The Blood Stained Shadow

Movie: The Blood Stained Shadow
Director: Antonio Bido
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This well-handled giallo thriller was directed by Antonio Bido. After a young girl is murdered by a mysterious stranger, the young Stefano comes home to Venice to visit his brother, a priest with many enemies. As people start dying left and right, Bido introduces an odd assortment of characters, including a wife-killing doctor, an abortionist, and a nutty gay Count who molests children. Stefano tries figuring out the mystery while having an affair with an interior decorator. It might be argued that the plot is merely a reworking of Lucio Fulci’s superior Non se Sevizio un Paperino, with shades of Capolicchio’s previous starring turn in Pupi Avati’s La Casa dalle Finestre che Ridono, but in Italian genre film, the question of derivative plotlines becomes almost superficial. It works, and should please Euro-thriller fans.

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