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also known as 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto | Island of Terror

Five Dolls for an August Moon1970

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FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON is Mario Bava's deliriously mod spin on an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. Bava was so closely associated with the horror genre that this twisting mystery was never released in the U.S. but it is deliciously entertaining all the same. A space age island retreat is visited by a group of friends and business associates, one of whom is a scientist who has invented a revolutionary chemical process, and is fending off various offers to buy it. Soon the vacationers start dying, and the survivors begin to wonder who has the most to gain from these murders most foul. Anything but a drawing room mystery, Bava's thriller is enlivened by its psychedelic set design, a hip score by Piero Umiliani and a swinging performance by giallo goddess Edwige Fenech.

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"What you see will most definitely not be what you get." - Budd Wilkins, Slant


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Excellent early 70s Giallo. Worth a look for the fashion alone. Bava uses color well, yet keeps it a bit more toned down in this more realistic looking film. We see something similar to his later masterpiece and seminal "Slasher" film "Bay of Blood"

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You don’t watch this movie for the plot. It's a heap of nonsensical clichés scotch-taped together. You don’t watch it for the performances. Everybody looks groovy, like they all walked out of a Spiegel Catalog from 1970, but the translated dialog is awkward and the dubbing is flat out crummy.

You do watch this for Mario Bava and his mastery with a movie camera. The lighting of and composition of virtually every scene is dynamic, striking, and at times beautiful. This is candy for the eye. Bava didn’t always have the best scripts to work with, but he was a truly great visual stylist.

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Perhaps Bava's grooviest film

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Wow. That film was bad. Mystery Science Theater 3000 bad.

2 members like this review

Excellent early 70s Giallo. Worth a look for the fashion alone. Bava uses color well, yet keeps it a bit more toned down in this more realistic looking film. We see something similar to his later masterpiece and seminal "Slasher" film "Bay of Blood"

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A group of people on a remote island find themselves trapped with a killer who's bumping them off one by one. I have found that I often like Bava films that are considered minor bits of work, but this film definitely breaks that trend. It looks great and have a groovy vibe to it, but it makes little sense and the characters are incredibly thin. It feels utterly pointless.

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This is a great 70's giallo, with everything you'll come to expect. It's Bava so you know what to expect here.

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Five Dolls for an August Moon" has psychadellic set designs, costumes and score, yet falls short on any erotic thrills. Bland and uninteresting overall.

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Love the retro "futuristic style of the house. Fragmented mood, liasons, balance of humour aCool.nd suspense. Subtly surreal.

Not a great movie. Some of the camera work (rapidly zooming in and out, spinning) would get a film studies student a failing grade. The music was a little too loud and it seemed like it (the music) was asked to do too much. It can't fill in plot and dialogue gaps. Clever story line, just not executed well.

Aside from the ending, almost perfect. Everything aesthetically that I love wrapped up in one film.