HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Seance
Green Knight, The
Beasts of No Nation
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Picture Stories
Another Round
Tape, The
Limbo
Supernova
Man Who Sold His Skin, The
Sweetheart
No Man of God
Gaia
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Scenes with Beans
Sweat
Quiet Place Part II, A
Nobody
Prisoners of the Ghostland
Duel to the Death
Mandibles
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
Yakuza Princess
Djinn, The
New Order
Triggered
Claw
Original Cast Album: Company
Martyrs Lane
Paper Tigers, The
Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The
Hall
ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt, The
Collini Case, The
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, The
Superhost
Plan A
When I'm a Moth
Tigers Are Not Afraid
   
 
Newest Articles
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
   
 
  Body Puzzle
Year: 1991
Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Tomas Arana, Joanna Pacula, Francois Montagut, Erika Blanc, John Morghen, Gianni Garko
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Following in your father's footsteps can often be a demanding experience. Just ask Lamberto Bava, son of the late Mario Bava. After working as assistant to his father, Lamberto became a director, hoping to kick start a new golden age of Italian horror cinema.

Body Puzzle begins with a road accident which turns a promising concert pianist into a serial killer. This highly disturbed individual removes body parts from his victims and places them inside the home of attractive widow Tracy Grant (Pacula), using a front door key to gain access. Enter one disheveled cop (Arana) who neglects to call a locksmith, prefering to install 24 hour protection for his charge by way of three equally inept officers. While the killer continues his macabre home delivery service, Tracy and her (by now) new lover wearily proceed to a point in the script that's alluded to on the back cover of Madacy's Region 1 DVD. Yes, it's a "Startling conclusion that will keep you on the edge of your seat". Well, assuming your backside has actually strayed that far (doubtful), you may well find this plot twist to be surprising.... at least for about 3 seconds. On the surface, it's very much a case of gross police incompetence, though the main culprits for this laughable revelation reside on the other side of the camera.

An unintentional black comedy is how I'd describe this film, though Lamberto Bava clearly had his sights set on the American market, providing a cliche-infested band of stock characters: gorgeous widow falls for rough and ready cop; a pathologist who lunchs while discussing his work, and a volatile police chief ("I kiss ass one day, I kick ass the next".) who indulges his 'star player'. Throw in an MTV-style love scene, pages of virtually unlistenable dialogue and the priceless moment when Grant mistakes a severed organ for a finger and you have a movie tailor made for audiences that were still several years away from acclaiming Wes Craven's godawful Scream trilogy.

To be fair, Bava does occasionally demonstrate he's more than capable of delivering white hot suspense scenes: a murder in a toilet cubicle and a gripping set piece involving a class room of blind children shows he can quicken pulses when the mood takes him. Overall, though, it's a waste of the man's undoubted talent, and a long way from the promise shown in such films as A Blade in the Dark, Macabre and the excellent Delirium (aka Photos Of Joy).

Madacy's DVD makes light of its budget price tag to deliver good A/V quality. Although some of the night scenes lack detail, picture quality is usually sharp and colourful,particularly during interior scenes: check out Pacula's red dressing gown, and the cool aqua blue of the indoor pool. Sadly, none of the characters grow in stature from this superior home video incarnation, though Euro buffs will surely appreciate brief appearances by Erica Blanc and John Morghen.

Aka: Misteria
Reviewer: Steve Langton

 

This review has been viewed 7576 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Lamberto Bava  (1944 - )

Italian director/producer and son of legendary horror auteur Mario Bava. Began working as an assistant to his father on productions such as Planet of the Vampires and Baron Blood, and co-wrote Mario's final film Shock. Made his directing debut in 1980 with the effective chiller Macabre, which were followed by exploitation favourites A Blade in the Dark, Blastfighter, Delirium and two gore-laden Demons movies, both produced by Dario Argento. Bava's subsequent work has largely been for Italian TV, his last theatrical film being 1991's duff Body Puzzle.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: