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Buio Omega

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In quella Casa ... Buio Omega / Blue Holocaust / Sado - Stoss das Tor zur Hölle auf / The Final Darkness

Italy 1979
produced by
Marco Rosstti for D.R. per la Cumunicazioni di Massi
directed by Joe D'Amato (= Aristide Massaccesi)
starring Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi, Sam Modesto, Anna Cardini, Lucia D'Elia, Mario Pezzin, Walter Tribus, Klaus Rainer, Edmondo Vallini, Simonetta Allodi
story by Giacomo Guerrini, screenplay by Ottavio Fabbri, music by Goblin, cinematography by Aristide Massaccesi (= Joe D'Amato)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Anna (Cinzia Monreale), the wife of rich heir and amateur taxidermist Frank (Kieran Canter), lies on her deathbed ... and because Frank's maid Iris (Franca Stoppi) never could stand her but always loved him, she helps Anna dieing a bit with a voodoo doll ...

Frank though can't come over her death, so one night he digs her coffin up and drives her (still relatively fresh) corpse home to professionally embalm her and keep her for all eternity. Unfortunately though, Frank also picks up a hitch-hiker (Lucia D'Elia), who first passes out in his car but later catches Frank working on the corpse ... and Frank finds himself forced to kill her. Iris then finds him leaning over the hitch-hiker's dead body, but instead of being shocked she helps him getting rid of the hitch-hiker and dressing up dead Anna and placing her in his double bed ...

A few days later, Frank picks up a girl (Anna Cardini) who hurts her ankle when jogging, and he offers to help her ... which soon leads to the two of them having sex, and in Frank's double bed too - which ends fatal when Frank removes the sheets over Anna's body on purpose, and she, upon finding a corpse next to her, screams in shock ... which makes him biting her throat as a reflex, then with the help of Iris throwing her into the incinerator and burning her alive.

Iris realizes that she now has Frank in her hand, and she makes him promise to marry her, which he does reluctantly ...

All of Iris' high-flying plans are shattered however when Elena, Anna's sister and splitting image (who is thus also played by Cinzia Monreale), stops by for a short visit and Frank seems to forget everything about his promise to Iris - which causes Iris to make up plans to scare the heebigeebies out of Elena and eventually kill her ... but before she can, Frank intervenes, and in a fight, Frank and Iris seem to literally take each other apart, which unsurprisingly leads to the death of them both ...

Compared to other Joe D'Amato-gore-shockers - Antropophagus immediately springs to mind -, Buio Omega is very well-written, even if the similarities to Il Terzo Occhio, a little-known (and rather disappointing) thriller from 1966 starring Franco Nero are so striking that it is next to impossible that Buio Omega was not inspired by that film. Still, in direct comparison, D'Amato's version of the story turns out to be the better movie, it contains quite a bit of suspense, the amount of gore a macabre story like this is entitled to, and for once D'Amato's rather bleak directorial style works for the movie and its cynical undertones and not against it. Of course, the score by Goblin is also a notch or two above the music D'Amato usually has at hands and helps the atmosphere of the film immensely, as do the convincing sets. The only thing that does actually not work in Buio Omega is lead actor Kieran Canter, who totally fails to convince as a madman who shares his bed with his dead wife.

But still, Buio Omega is very possibly Joe D'Amato's best shocker, and it's rather a shame that it is routinely neglected for the much blander and more boring Antropophagus just because George Eastman eats a fetus in that one.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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