A young woman’s body is found in a park and it takes all of Italy’s best detective work to find out who is responsible in this early 1970’s Giallo film. We review The Bloodstained Butterfly after the jump.
Like most giallo films from the same era, The Bloodstained Butterfly involves murder and the search for truth, but Duccio Tessari’s film also turns into a courtroom drama, which then sets it apart from other Italian horrors from such directors as Dario Argento and Mario Bava. The film starts off with a woman’s body being discovered in a park by some children, what then follows is a montage of potential witnesses seeing a man in a hat and coat escaping the park. Of course, nothing is very rarely as it seems, which we soon find out.
After a spot of detective work, sports newscaster Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia) is charged with the murder of his daughter’s friend and it looks like it could be a simple case, after all, his fingerprints were found on the weapon, he had mud on his coat (the same mud from the park apparently), the victim had traces of the faux leather from the seats in his car on her coat and she also had traces of his skin under her nails. As stated above though, nothing is what it seems.
One of the many reasons we at Screen Critix love Arrow Video, is that they allow us to watch films that may have been unknown to us prior. This is no exception, Arrow have beautifully restored a classic 70’s giallo, using 4k technology. Added to that, the blu ray disc also contains the original Italian version and a newly translated into English version too.
As with most other releases, The Bloodstained Butterfly is also jam-packed with bonus features, including a visual essay on the film, interviews with the actors, the original theatrical trailers and an awesome reversible sleeve featuring some truly beautiful artwork.
Overall, The Bloodstained Butterfly is part giallo, part courtroom drama that has enough suspense to keep us interested throughout. Definitely a must have for any giallo fans out there.