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Five Dolls for an August Moon

1970 1h 28m Mystery & Thriller Horror List
Reviews 35% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings When an inventor takes a group of investors for an island vacation, an unseen murderer kills them one by one. Read More Read Less

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Jennie Kermode Eye for Film Flawed as it is, for those with a fondness for Sixties excess, it's a treat. Rated: 3/5 Nov 16, 2017 Full Review Christopher Machell CineVue A flawed but enjoyable thriller that at only 80 minutes doesn't outstay its welcome. Rated: 3/5 Jan 17, 2017 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews Mario Bava has infused Five Dolls for an August Moon with exactly the sort of nonsensical feel that one has come to expect from the filmmaker... Rated: 1/4 Mar 20, 2014 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Bava apparently took on this movie at the last second and didn't like the script, but still managed to make one of his most interesting, atypical films. May 5, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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JJJJJJ J Kooky but enjoyable giallo. This movie does the genre well. It has a whodunit with a bit of a social aspect too it. Plus it has the classic expressionist Giallo style. The movie is at times hard to follow, plus half the women look exactly a like and the characters are poorly introduced. But once it gets going the film is quite good. This is definitely a B-movie, Giallo. It is not really a horror movie, the suspense isn't going to have you at the end of your chair buts its a fun movie. I'd recommend for any Giallo fans or any casuals up for a fun time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Not Mario Bava's best but still well worthwhile for some very stylish direction and camera work and a decent enough "Ten Little Indians" like storyline told in a very economical 88 minutes. Nice jazzy score and Edwidge Fenech in various states of undress along with some quality kills and a very nice sense of tension and dread. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member A group of people on a remote island find themselves trapped with a killer who's bumping them off one by one. I have found that I often like Bava films that are considered minor bits of work, but this film definitely breaks that trend. It looks great and have a groovy vibe to it, but it makes little sense and the characters are incredibly thin. It feels utterly pointless. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member You are condemned to be hanged by the neck until dead. A small group of people arrive in their vacation destination hoping to relax. Unfortunately, an evil man on the island is able to enchant women, get them to do his bidding, and eventually tortures and kills his female slaves. Can the vacationers avoid his evil gaze or will they be his next victims? "I'm not a man of thought. I am a man of action." Mario Bava, director of A Bay of Blood, The Evil Eye, Black Sunday, Baron Blood, Knives of the Avenger, Planet of Vampires, Black Sabbath, and Blood and Black Lace, delivers 5 Dolls of the August Moon. The storyline for this picture is bland and fairly unimaginative. The acting was mediocre as was the horror elements. "You're the big fish nobody can touch." I came across the Mario Bava collection on Netflix and had to add them to my queue. This is one of the worst films of his I have seen to date. The plot isn't overly interesting, the acting is bad, and the film felt like an excuse to have some naked hotties in a movie. I recommend skipping this film. "You threw yourself away on a houseboy." Grade: F Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Mario Bava has infused Five Dolls for an August Moon with exactly the sort of nonsensical feel that one has come to expect from the filmmaker, with the movie's style-over-substance atmosphere compounded by a surfeit of one-dimensional protagonists and a storyline that couldn't possibly be less developed (ie things just seem to happen for no rhyme or reason). There's little doubt, then, that one's efforts at embracing the thin narrative fall flat on an all-too-consistent basis, and it's clear that Bava himself is struggling to pad out the film's brief yet endless running time. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Not one of Mario Bavas best but still enjoyable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When an inventor takes a group of investors for an island vacation, an unseen murderer kills them one by one.
Mario Bava
Luigi Alessi
Mario di Nardo
Mystery & Thriller, Horror
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 17, 2020
1h 28m