Tomb of Torture (1963)

aka Metempsycho
Article 1850 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-8-2006
Posting Date: 9-5-2006
Directed by Antonio Boccaci
Featuring Annie Alberti, Adriano Micantoni, Marco Mariani

A woman who may be the reincarnation of a dead countess is plagued by bad dreams that recount the death of her previous incarnation. Her father takes her to the village near the castle of the countess to try to cure her. There she meets a reporter who is there to investigate the deaths of two young women who were murdered by a monstrous creature inside the castle.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this bizarre little Eurohorror. As a horror movie, it’s a little too obvious to be really effective; it’s one of those movies that tries to get its scares in by having women scream at everything. It certainly doesn’t help that the monster is both overused and has a goofy laugh; it would have worked a lot better if they had kept his face hidden until the final reels and if we only heard him breathing. The movie also seems at least partially a comedy, and the primary comic relief character is our reporter-hero; just as a rule, don’t put too much hope on how effectual your hero will be if his musical theme prominently features an oboe. Overall, the movie is rather clumsy and crude, but it somehow remains rather watchable all the same; just don’t think about it too much. This would be Antonio Boccaci’s sole directorial effort.

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