24 October 2014

Autopsy (1973)
100 min.
Directed by Armando Crispino.
With Mimsy Farmer, Barry Primus, Ray Lovelock, Gaby Wagner, Carlo Cataneo, Angela Goodwin.
Mimsy Farmer, the American actress who found a rather comfortable niche for herself in Italian horror films (ie, Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet in 1971 as well as Barilli's The Perfume of the Lady in Black in 1974), is good in this hybrid giallo from director Crispino.

A medical student finds herself caught up in a rash of suicides in Rome, the self crimes supposedly brought upon by mysterious solar phenomena. But could something more mundane and much more sinister be at work? Confusing at times and probably not for all tastes (a sluggish pace takes hold at times) but with some good performances and a lovely score by Morricone to redeem it.

Also known as Sun Spots. Italian title: Macchie solari.

Crispino also directed 1972's similarly odd giallo horror The Dead Are Alive starring Samantha Eggar.

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