Directed by Federico Fellini, Louis Malle
Starring Alain Delon
James Robertson Justice
Peter Fonda Terence Stamp
Awesome anthology horror film (based of course on the stories of Edgar Allen Poe) brought together three of the world's great directors.The best piece is the one directed by Malle, about an Italian sadist (Delon) who's obsession with conquering and humiliating women finally comes to a head when he confronts a real female match (Bardot) in a card game. Many of his sick games being foiled by an apparent twin, a look-a-like who always manages to show up at exactly the wrong times to expose his lies and manipulations.
Fellini's piece is about an American movie star whose arrogance and drunkenness lead to disaster during a trip to Italy. Jane Fonda stars in the forgettable first piece. Vincent Price narrates a bit.
The version of the film I saw from laserdisc was fully uncut, with some portions dubbed, others subtitled. There was some "hard R" nudity and shocking (for the time this film was made) gore. Many different versions of this great horror film are floating around, so watch out.
It's a definite must-see if you're into Euro-horror or if you like your splatter films off-beat.
-- Review by Lucius Gore