Combustible Celluloid
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With: William Berger, Ira von FŸrstenberg, Maurice Poli, Edwige Fenech, Howard Ross, Helena Ronee, Teodoro Corrˆ, Ely Galleani, Edith Meloni, Mauro Bosco
Written by: Mario di Nardo
Directed by: Mario Bava
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Italian
Running Time: 88
Date: 02/14/1970

5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Guilty Island

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Five Dolls for an August Moon (also called Island of Terror) involves a batch of people vacationing together on a remote island. They're all couples in uneasy relationships; the trouble starts when one man, a scientist, starts talking about his newest invention, a valuable formula. Soon, people start dying one by one. A dead body is found on a beach and hung in a meat locker, and a mysterious sniper takes shots at people. The great director Mario Bava apparently took on this movie at the last second and didn't like the script, but still managed to make one of his most interesting, atypical films.

In 2013, Kino Lorber gave this a welcome Blu-ray release, and Bava's use of color can now truly be appreciated. Bava expert Tim Lucas gives another of his fascinating, impeccably researched commentary tracks, and there are trailers for Kino's other Bava releases.

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