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Monday, December 30, 2013

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

Dario Argento is a visionary filmmaker whose work has been the inspiration for countless other horror directors after him.  His bold visual style and flair for the dramatic always take the viewer on a “long, strange journey.”  Four Flies is no exception to this rule.  The story begins with a musician who accidentally kills a man who was stalking him.  While this act is taking place, a mystery man takes pictures of the event that eventually end up in the musician’s mail box.  Who is this mystery man?  That’s what this movie is all about!

Argento takes his time developing the story and adds a number of murders along the way. [Would you expect anything less?]  These murders have a hyper-realistic style to them that is pure Argento.  It’s a combination of slow motion action and bold symbolic visuals that pack quite an emotional punch.  Others have tried to duplicate this but no one has done it better than Argento.

Be patient with the pace of the film because the ending will knock your socks off.  [The strange title of the film is explained here as well.] The version I saw had a few extra minutes added to the end of the film that were cut from the original U.S. release.  I’m not sure why they made these cuts because the movie makes a lot more sense with them in it.  It’s quite a plot twist that I don’t think anyone could figure out before it hits you like a ton of bricks.

Fun stuff!  This is an Argento film that is accessible to just about every horror fan, especially those who like “who-dunnits.”

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.


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