Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Spanish Giallo The Fourth Victim (1971) Severin Blu Ray Review

The Fourth Victim (1971) Severin Films 9/28/2021

Directed By: Eugenio Martin

Starring: Carroll Baker, Michael Craig, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez 

Disclaimer: Severin Films  has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections. 

    Director Eugenio Martin is probably best remembered by horror fans for the incredible Horror Express (1972) starring Christopher Lee (also released by Severin). Here he dips his toes into the hugely popular giallo genre. The Fourth Victim (1971) is certainly one the tamer giallo and lacks the ultra-gore and sleaze that the Italian directors like Sergio Martino or Lucio Fulci provided. Indeed, this movie starts out as a court drama, then slides a mystery thriller. 

    The film may not be as sensational as other giallo however I still think its a damn interesting film. Director Eugenio Martin takes the blue print of other whodunit films and almost lull's you into a false sense of security until cleverly pulling the rug out from under us the audience. I won't spoil it but I will just has Martin has some great twists and turns under his sleeve and some properly surreal moments thrown in for good measure.  It also features a fantastic production design and the use of a spooky mansion further adds to the pieces atmosphere. I also like how this movie takes what we think we know about a standard giallo and uses that against us at every turn. The Fourth Victim features the stunning Carroll Baker who was no stranger to the giallo genre. Michael Craig makes for an excellent lead with his smooth talking charm. 

    Fourth Victim features a wonderfully haunting score by  Piero Umiliani (Baba Yaga, Four Dolls for an August Moon) and DP Guglielmo Mancori (Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man) gives the movie a nice scope and style. 

Sexy, surreal and filled with plenty of twists and turns. The Fourth Victim is fantastic!

Picture: The Fourth Victim is sourced from a brand-new 2k scan. You can certainly tell that this movie has a nice refreshed look with a considerable uptick in brightness with colors really popping. Night scenes especially look clear. Color contrast for the most part is also well maintained throughout. Some artifacts and noise but nothing that I would say is a distraction. Also some slight tempt flickering. Overall, another nicely done transfer from Severin. 

Sound: The Fourth Victim has a really nice DTS 2.0 track. Dialogue and score comes through nicely. No audio distortion or drop out present. 

Extras: The Fourth Victim has includes some nice features including:

Eugenio Martin, Auteur (15mins) A lively new interview with director Eugenio Martin biographer Carlos Aguliar. 

Deleted Scene and Trailer. 

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