veteran actor William Berger stars as Dr. Slivak, a scientist murdered
while studying a Mayan pyramid in Venezuela. His death instigates a series
of bizarre supernatural murders (which include a rapist getting his leg
crushed by a truck before his head is impaled by a metal pole, a naked
Latino babe has her face bashed in by an unseen force while taking a bath,
another female victim is suspended by fishing hooks in her neck, etc).
Meanwhile, Lisa Slivak - the scientist's daughter - travels to Venezuela
to identify the body of her father. She and an old friend try to solve
the mystery of the Maya after the police brush them off.
Marcello Avallone is a fringe member of the Italian film industry. He
studied acting in the early fifties and landed a role in Dino Risi's comedy
Poor but Beautiful (1957); afterwards, he became a line-producer
and script consultant for Titus Studios. He helmed a couple documentaries
in the early seventies and then landed the writer/director position for
the Italian horror film SPECTERS.
Mr Avallone followed that project with this ambitious film. He drifted
away from filmmaking for 15 years before getting tapped to make a big-budgeted
3D version of Henry James' ghost story Turn of the Screw in 2008.
Unfortunately, that project crumbled into disaster, hemorrhaging massive
amounts of money before finally getting canceled. Today, at age 80, Mr
Avalone appears to have retired from the business.
Italian film in English language; widescreen format (16:9), totally uncut
version (92 minutes), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT. Extras
for Mature Audiences