Midnight Movies: Thriller Triple Feature [3 Discs] [DVD]

This triple feature of thrillers includes The Bloodstained Shadow, Short Night of Glass Dolls, and Who Saw Her Die?
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Special Features

  • The Bloodstained Window - Solamente Bido - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Antonio Bido
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Antonio Bido Filmography
  • Short Night of Glass Dolls - Strange Days of the Short Night - Interview with Writer/Director Aldo Lado
  • Aldo Lado Filmography
  • Who Saw Her Die? - Death In Venice - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Aldo Lado

Synopsis

The Short Night of the Glass Dolls
A man is found one morning in the bushes of a city plaza in Prague. He is taken to a hospital where the doctors confirm that, although his eyes are wide open, he is dead. There is no heartbeat or sign of life, except, strangely enough, his body temperature is normal. No matter, he's certified as dead and sent into cold storage to wait for an autopsy. "I'm alive," the man thinks, "can't you see I'm alive?" The man, Gregory (Jean Sorel), isn't dead but he's paralyzed and helpless to alert his condition to anyone. As the doctors prepare for the autopsy, Gregory thinks back to yesterday, when he was making plans to help his girlfriend (Barbara Bach) get out of the country. Gregory begins piecing together the mystery of what happened to him in fractured bits of memory -- but will solving the puzzle do him any good? ~ Buzz McClain, Rovi

Who Saw Her Die?
When the story begins a young girl who has wandered away from her nanny at a French ski resort is abducted, killed, and buried in the snow. Later, in Venice, the young daughter of Franco (George Lazenby), a popular sculptor, is stalked by a woman in a black veil. Finally, after several near-chances, the girl is grabbed, only to be found later floating in a canal. The police are as arrogant as they are stumped, so Franco, accompanied by his estranged wife, Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg), investigates. As Franco begins uncovering clues, the people he talks to about the case begin to die gruesome deaths. ~ Buzz McClain, Rovi

The Blood Stained Shadow
This well-handled giallo thriller was directed by Antonio Bido (Il Gatto dagli Occhi di Giada). After a young girl is murdered by a mysterious stranger, the young Stefano (Lino Capolicchio) comes home to Venice to visit his brother (Craig Hill), a priest with many enemies. As people start dying left and right, Bido introduces an odd assortment of characters, including a wife-killing doctor, an abortionist, and a nutty gay Count (Massimo Serato) who molests children. Stefano tries figuring out the mystery while having an affair with an interior decorator (Suspiria's Stefania Casini). It might be argued that the plot is merely a reworking of Lucio Fulci's superior Non se Sevizio un Paperino (1971), with shades of Capolicchio's previous starring turn in Pupi Avati's La Casa dalle Finestre che Ridono (1976), but in Italian genre film, the question of derivative plotlines becomes almost superficial. It works, and should please Euro-thriller fans. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Mario Adorf
    Mario Adorf
  • Jean Sorel
    Jean Sorel - Gregory Moore
  • Ingrid Thulin
    Ingrid Thulin
  • Barbara Bach
    Barbara Bach
  • Fabijan Sovagovic
    Fabijan Sovagovic

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