Bruno Mattei film - perhaps, his Best!
director: Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn)
starring: Emily Crawford · Hugo Barret · Andrea Belfiore · Claudia Taylor
· Natalie Kochman
obscure Bruno Mattei film is - arguably - his best production. It is
his 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls' (for those of you who understand
the significance of that accolade). Here, a wonderfully evil villain
named Bruno owns the Blue Angel, a successful nightclub that features
nude dancing and a variety of other quasi-legal activities. His star
performer is Katy, a rather naive beauty who soon finds herself as Bruno's
bedmate until his womanizing and sexual cruelty drives her to drugs.
And then, ultimately, suicide. His search for a new Queen of Desire
leads him to Damy (after eviscerating numerous other candidates). She
is a beautiful, sensuous but mysterious girl who harbors a deadly secret...
Damy is the sister of Katy and she's seeking vengeance for her death.
Bruno Mattei was a legend in European exploitation, best known for his
OF THE LIVING DEAD,
ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD, et al) and sleaze JAIL:
WOMEN'S HELL, SNUFF
TRAP, etc). This 2001 production marked his flirtation
with the Sexy Chic Camp genre. Unexpectedly, it's also one of
his best films. Bruno Mattei has seldom been so assured in his director's
seat. Here is a great looking production, with crisp cinematography,
smart editing, and memorable characters punctuated by the nihilistic
landscape of the strip club. It would also be among his last projects
as Mr Mattei died from a brain tumor six years later in May 2007. He
was 75 years old.
Crawford would also star in Mattei's VENETIAN
CAPRICE in 2002, while Hugo Barret showed up in 2006 - again
as a villain (this time with a shaved head) - for Bruno's THE