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5.0 out of 5 stars Great - one of the better giallos
This is like a companion piece to Bay of Blood, being similar in plot and style. Though I don't think its quite as good as Bay of Blood, its still one of the better giallo's i've seen, though not quite in the same tier as the very best of the genre, a must for Bava fans and fans of Italian and European cinema of the 1970's in general. Truly great soundtrack.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Looks like we're all going to end up subzero."
If Matt Helm or Derek Flint made a giallo, it might turn out something like Five Dolls for an August Moon, one of Mario Bava's least-regarded films by his aficionados but for me far more enjoyable than some of his classics. A Ten Little Indians number planting three rich industrialists, an inventor who won't sell his new formula and assorted wild women (lesbians, nutters...
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by Trevor Willsmer


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Looks like we're all going to end up subzero.", 20 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Five Dolls for an August Moon [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
If Matt Helm or Derek Flint made a giallo, it might turn out something like Five Dolls for an August Moon, one of Mario Bava's least-regarded films by his aficionados but for me far more enjoyable than some of his classics. A Ten Little Indians number planting three rich industrialists, an inventor who won't sell his new formula and assorted wild women (lesbians, nutters and schemers among them) on an island where someone's killing their way through the cast list and everyone's a suspect, Bava seems to be playing this one with his tongue firmly in his cheek. "Looks like we're all going to end up subzero," quips one character after another victim ends up hanging in the meat locker, pretty much setting the tone: it's silly, but it knows it's silly and just runs with it. The swinging island pad probably makes more of an impression than any of the cast and none of it makes much sense, but even though there's not much in the way of grand guignol or surprises it's an engagingly undemanding hour-and-a-half. And remember - animals NEVER talk when you shoot them with sodium pentathol...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Unfortunate Letdown, 4 July 2007
This review is from: Five Dolls for an August Moon [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The story is a remake of Agatha Christie's 10 Little Indians, where seemingly unrelated guests, stranded in an inescapable house and at the mercy of their sinister host, quickly start dying one by one. The look of the movie if fabulous. Garrish psychadelic colours assault your eyes, as nubile sirens and chissel chinned men fall in and out of each others beds, to an amazing soundtrack of beat and hammond filled grooves. (As an aside, the soundtrack is seriously worth hunting down.)
Unfortunately for me, the film itself never really builds any suspense. All of the murders take place off screen, which means that the pace has to come from the character interaction between killings, and then the shock of the next gruesome discovery. None of this is there however.
If you want to purchase this DVD to add to your Giallio collection then buy it with the excellent soundtrack. Put your TV on mute, turn up the stereo, and revel in delights of 1960's interior designing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great - one of the better giallos, 25 Jun 2013
This review is from: Five Dolls for an August Moon [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is like a companion piece to Bay of Blood, being similar in plot and style. Though I don't think its quite as good as Bay of Blood, its still one of the better giallo's i've seen, though not quite in the same tier as the very best of the genre, a must for Bava fans and fans of Italian and European cinema of the 1970's in general. Truly great soundtrack.
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