5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
for an August Moon, or 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto (1970) is a
forgotten Mario Bava remake of Agathe Christie's Ten Little Indians
that should have remained forgotten.
|It is rumored that Bava
wanted nothing to do with this film, but was contractually obligated.
|Despite the sexual theme,
there is nearly no nudity except some brief breast shots of
Egwige Fenech, who has 81 credits at IMDB.
|The entire film takes
place on an Island. A scientist invites guests and their wives for a
relaxing vacation. The wives are after sex with anyone, male or
female, who takes their fancy. The men are after the scientists secret
formula. People start dying of knife wounds off camera, and are hung
in a freezer. Eventually, nearly all are dead. Beyond that, the plot
is nearly entirely impossible to follow, even with dubbed English and
English subtitles (which were radically different).
||The transfer wasn't very good either,
despite the fact that it was done by Image Entertainment.
Not only did Bava direct and
photograph, but he also edited.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 4.5.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, I am afraid I have to give this my first F ever.
(Scoop's note: the rating depends on what genre you choose. If
your category is Mario Bava movies, this might be a C+. He sure
made some unwatchable films in his day.)
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