I don't really understand folks who claim to love Eurohorror, but won't watch films that are subtitled. Anyone with an 8th grade education can read subs, and seeing these classics dubbed by people who do cartoonish voiceovers is nothing more than insulting - to the viewer, to the director, to the actors involved, to the viewing experience. The entire film's focal point is diverted to the gutter and suffers as a whole. Many casual viewers will disagree, but devotees understand my point completely. The English-dubbed version is wretched to listen to - you will not hear ANY of the actual actors real voices, and the flick suffers as much as the viewer does who wastes his/her time screening it. How do I know this? I've seen it in BOTH languages, and it's like two completely different movies...
First off, these are Bava films, so you either love his late-60's work or hate it, period. The same things that we fans of his later 60's output love are usually the very same things that turn others off. So I'm not going to spend a lot of time reviewing the actual movie itself, but rather what's on display in them - the luscious Euro babes with big, teased hair and false eyelashes, the accompanying mini-skirts, go-go boots and chain belts, the futuristic furniture, accessories and decor (the same stuff that's resurgently popular today), the elaborate architecture and European landscapes, the cool cars, the extravagant, permissive lifestyles and hedonistic parties and, of course, Edwige Fenech.
I realize that these things have nothing to do with whether these are good movies or not, but I also know I'm not alone in my rabid fascination for all things from this particular time period, and that WILL have an impact on whether you enjoy these films. Derivitive plot? Sure. Annoying soundtrack? Yup. Predictable outcome? Absolutely. It's akin to Agatha Christie on acid. So if the plot steers off course here and there while enjoying the visual feast on display as described above, who cares? Besides, Bava displays a black sense of humor here that's not present in most of his work outside of his few comedies.
I'm giving it 4 stars because, although flawed, I don't want folks to think it's a cinematic clunker - it's of of Bava's minor gems that's not often seen or available in the states, but definitely worth your time + attention if you enjoy seeing the master having some fun while delivering the gothic goods with a late 60's psych feel, unbelievable architecture, and a cast that includes the luscious Edwige Fenech in one of her first truly sexy and memorable roles. It's a relentless mod murder mystery and pristine parade of eye-candy and loungy, kitschy atmosphere, peppered with sultry sex and murder as only Bava can pull off effectively. But do yourself a favor and watch it in Italian w/ subs to see, taste, feel and enjoy it as it was meant to be.