Fatal Frames [DVD] [1996]

This low budget horror thriller, which has won a considerable cult following, gets a quality presentation for its release on DVD. Fatal Frames has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, while the audio, in English, has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. No subtitles or multiple language features have been included. Bonus materials include the film's original trailer, an audio commentary track featuring director Al Festa and actress Stefania Stella, a documentary short on the film's production, a collection of deleted scenes, biographies of the key cast members, and a music video.
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Special Features

  • New widescreen [1.85:1] digital transfer
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Deleted scenes
  • "Making of" featurette
  • Audio commentary from director Al Festa and star Stefania Stella
  • Music videos
  • Star bios


Fatal Frames
Trumpeted as the return of the classic Italian thriller, this inexplicably prize-winning giallo nuovo concerns an American director named Alex Ritt (Rick Gianasi) who is brought to Rome by his friend Daniel (Leo Daniel) to direct a music video featuring hot starlet Stefania Stella (Stefania Stella di Giandomenico). Ritt's wife was killed in New York as part of a series of five machete-murders videotaped by a black-gloved assassin, and as soon as he arrives in Rome, the killings begin anew, with Alex a helpless witness to all of them and the prime suspect. There's also a subplot involving occultists led by a creepy blind Countess (Alida Valli from Suspiria), and pretty soon a parapsychologist (scream queen Linnea Quigley) gets involved as well. The middle of the film consists primarily of an interminably tedious police procedural which drags the film out to an ungodly 137 minutes, but viewers are advised not to fall asleep before the film's mind-boggling conclusion, which must be seen to be believed. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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