The story takes place in Italy towards the end of World War Two, in a
run-down hotel by the shores of a large lake. A strange assortment of guests
are staying there. They seem to be either suffering from mental illness,
involved in scams of one sort or another, or hiding from something in their
past. Rosa, a teenage girl played by Leonora Fani, works with her mother,
Marta, trying to keep the hotel functioning. Due to the war and the frequent
bombing raids that take place, the hotel is on its last legs and even
finding food for the guests is a major problem.
Rosa writes letters to send to her father who is off fighting in the war.
Rosa’s mother dies unexpectedly, and suddenly the girl finds herself at the
mercy of the sexually rapacious and insane hotel guests. After a vicious
rape, Rosa despairs. She calls on her absent father to avenge her. And it
seems her call is answered when the guests die violently at the hands of a
masked, gloved killer.
But who really is this mystery assassin? And is Rosa losing her
grip on reality? This was director Francesco Barilli’s second feature film,
after the highly regarded Perfume of the Lady in Black. Due to distribution
problems the film has been hard to see. It has never been released in the US
before and this is its world premier on Blu-ray.
- Brand new 2k restoration from original negative
interview with director Francesco Barilli
- New interview with
actor Luc Merenda
- Archive interview with Francesco Barilli
Audio commentary by Fragments of Fear (Peter Jilmstad and Rachael
- Alternate scenes; trailer; Mondo Macabro previews
“absorbs the viewer in a thick and spellbinding atmosphere of
mounting dread”. tvguide.com “There’s nothing quite like it and it’s
a must-see for anyone looking for something more unusual” Samm
“not afraid to step into the surreal at times, and definitely
goes heavy on the sleaze” Matt Winfield, Letterboxd
“Definitely lewd, at times dark and kind of Kafkaesque....
Absolutely magnificent!” Lou (rhymes with wow!), Letterboxd