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Tragic Ceremony (Dark Sky Films DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C



Riccardo Freda’s Tragic Ceremony (1972) is something of a precursor to the many (and often awful) Asian Horror films with deathly apparitions counted on for offering chills, though this is more interesting and effective than twisted faces on regular bodies or young gals with long black hair and longer white t-shirts.  Once again, a group of counterculture kids out for fun take the wrong turn and this time, here come some killer Satanists!


Being an import makes this interesting, but another reason for this to be a curio is Carmille Keaton, the actress later known for playing the victim who goes killer in the ever-controversial I Spit On Your Grave showing up among the vacationers here.  Fans of her later infamous success should know that several shots from this film seem to have been repeated in Grave and that this is a slightly better film.  That does not say much as this film hits a run-on when it should hit some stride and does not totally know what to do with the Supernatural.  Bond fans will want to see it for Thunderball villainess Luciana Paluzzi, who is always a plus for any film.


I give it credit for trying to be different and being ahead of some bigger films before it, but all in all, it is a curio at best with a few highlights.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft, but color consistent and the print is not in bad shape.  Director of Photography Francisco Fraile (Murder In A Blue World, Ricco The Mean Machine) gives the film a visually consistent look that helps elevate the suspension of disbelief, but I just wished this were a bit more detailed.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Spanish Mono shows its age, but the recording is consistent and luckily not as compressed as expected.  Extras include the original theatrical trailer with sharper shots than the main print and featurette interview with Carmille Keaton called Carmille’s European Adventures, both worth your time.


For more on other films noted, try these links:


I Spit On Your Grave



Murder In A Blue World




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