Euro cinema from the 70's is usually interesting, either visually, thematically or just plain plummeting into weirdsville. More often than not an obscure auteur has no budget but has thrown in exploitation elements & has risen above the limitations of the arena. Regretably this obscure item may have been made out of some enthusiasm but im damn'd if i can detect much over a lonnnng 90mins, other than ineptitude.
Inept acting, narrative, lighting & editing pace. Oh, and a cumbersome flimsy soundtrack. I could run on about the lack of anything interesting happening, but i really can't muster the energy, this film sapped me completely. The simple drawback of everything lit up in some of the worst 'modern' seventies style is bland & lacks atmosphere, which this sorry piece of plod seriously needed. The eccentric plotting throwing in a zombie, a lecherous oddball, & mesmerist & occultic satanist gal sounds fun when you type it. However, a lot of time is spent on women getting into bed, then out of them again, either lit or unlit depending on who has the larger frontage. The narrative lapses whenever skin isn't on display into a villainess explaining every damn'd plot point or unending spools of exposition, which seems amateurish and inept. Did i mention it was inept?..
Try something more offbeat with a bit of panache or at least a bombardment of barmy, like Devil's Nightmare or Nude for Satan or even Satan's Blood, they may be oddly tacky but they have what this lacks cinematically, creating a compelling nostalgia for an era when cinema could actually surprise you beyond mere titilation & tainted exploitation.
On the plus side this release comes with not only a reversible sleeve but a concise booklet. Quite a lot of effort for such a continental yawn.