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Author Topic: The Devil's Wedding Night / Il plenilunio delle vergini (Luigi Batzella, 1973)  (Read 35956 times)

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What's the best source for seeing this film? I've seen a DVD on Amazon with Elvira on the cover, anyone seen this disc? Does she ruin the film by talking over it etc?

I was just reading an old Watchdog review that says the old Japanese VHS print is letterboxed and in pretty much mint condition. Is this version the one to look out for?

Never seen the film but after reading the review it's now something I'd really like to track down and see.
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I have the Midnight Video disc which is a boot from the lbx Japanese tape,good quality but a little dark in places.
It's a great gothic horror and well worth checking out,apparently there was a release due from Media Blasters awhile back but nothing came of it which is a shame as i won't buy anything to do with that Elvira nonsense.

Has anyone got the cineromanzo fotonovel of it?



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Cracking clip Stephen! I want to see it even more now, it looks ace!

Interestingly in the Watchdog review it says that Rosalba dubbed her own English speaking part for this.
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The Elvira release is widescreen as well but it comes from a scratch US print.  I'm thinking they got ahold of an actual print because there are no other widescreen releases I know of other than the Japanese release (the Japanese release's print was certainly in better condition).  The Elvira print actually looks like (scratch-wise) a widescreen version of the source Wizard Video used (and cropped) for their release complete with the Dimension Pictures logo.  Its a hard-matted film so 1.85:1 is the way to go.  Note that even though the films were cut for TV, the prints used for the DVDs (as far as COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE and DEVIL'S WEDDING NIGHT are concerned were uncut - well DWN was the US R-rated version which was missing a blood spurt or two).  The film was photographed by Aristide Massacessi (aka Joe D'Amato who also shot SOLANGE and THE ANTI-CHRIST).

I had forgotten about Elvira's Movie Macabre hosting comments until seeing the DVDs (this was in syndication when I was a kid and I think the ones I saw were MARK OF THE DEVIL, THIRST, and a couple others) and they're really cheesy.  I think her jokes were better written on the Thriller Video releases she hosted.

Although the Elvira disc is watchable, I would track down a DVDR of the Japanese version.  The option to play the movie without the Elivra interruptions still contains the fade ins and fade outs from the Elvira version.  There is also some damage at the reel changes.

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Thanks for the info ecc. I'll grab a copy of the Japanese VHS next time I see one.  :'(
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Not really my favorite Batzella film but it's still quite enjoyable and Rosalba is in top form and looking very sexy as usual. I'm relatively happy with the Elvira disc. The green scratches can get somewhat annoying at times but I do appreciate seeing the film without Japanese subs.

Btw, did anyone notice that one of the seven sacrificial virgins is played by one of Renato Polselli's starlets? Take a look - I'm certain she's the same girl who played 'Lenda' in REINCARNATION OF ISABEL and the maid in DELIRIUM:




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Was just doing some searching on google and found this grab of the opening titles...



Different to the one posted by ecc, which print is this one from then?
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Btw, did anyone notice that one of the seven sacrificial virgins is played by one of Renato Polselli's starlets? Take a look - I'm certain she's the same girl who played 'Lenda' in REINCARNATION OF ISABEL and the maid in DELIRIUM:




Right on, Johan! That’s definitely the same actress! Isn't her name Cristina Perrier?
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Was just doing some searching on google and found this grab of the opening titles...



Different to the one posted by ecc, which print is this one from then?

That's from the closing credits on the Japanese tape,it's right at the end after the cast and crew info.
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Ahhh! I see, cheers for clearing that up mate.  :'(
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Right on, Johan! That’s definitely the same actress! Isn't her name Cristina Perrier?

I don't know but you may very well be right. Cristina Perrier is credited in ISABEL and her name also appears in some poster artwork for DELIRIUM, so chances are good it really is her. It's just too bad that so many of Polselli's actors are so obscure and seemed to have been in so few films.

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That's from the closing credits on the Japanese tape,it's right at the end after the cast and crew info.

Perhaps because of the American contribution, DEVIL'S WEDDING NIGHT is one of the few Italian horror films that has a cast listing.

It was amusing to see the vampire character bewildered by the hero in an early scene instead of vice versa.

The film is credited as being based on a story called "The Brides of Countess Dracula" so even though its largely played straight there are some humorous bits though some may be unintentional.

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Yeah, I've always wondered why so few Italian movies have cast lists with character names for the actors. Apparently, this sort of thing was deemed unnecessary. Most of the Filmirage productions had cast lists, though, and eventually this became the norm.

But there are a couple up Italian films that do feature cast lists with character names, like DESERT BATTLE (1969), THE NIGHT OF THE ASSASSIN (1970), OVERRUN (1970), THE CAT O' NINE TAILS (1971), THE LONELY VIOLENT BEACH (1971), SPECIAL KILLERS (1973), DEEP RED (1975), RED NIGHTS OF THE GESTAPO (1977), HOLOCAUST PART TWO (1978), WILD BEASTS (1983), RATS - NIGHT OF TERROR (1983) and some others but it was far from ordinary.

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the Elvira disc is a bargain and it probably isn't a legit affair anyway because a couple of the other releases are taken from video tape like GAMERA, SUPER MONSTER. During the Elvira bits she often had snippets from the film included with her jokes. The film clips seen for the GAMERA film do not match the film presented. The snippets are full frame while the film itself is partially widescreen and looks like a tape. The only thing of interest, IMO in DEVILS WEDDING NIGHT is the plethora of nudity. I guess if that's what makes a good movie than you'll definitely want to see it. Mark Damon is okay. I do remember being spooked by this one on tv back when it first premiered. Incidentally, the Elvira version of TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD featured the train massacre that was cut from the video releases.
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The film clips seen for the GAMERA film do not match the film presented. The snippets are full frame while the film itself is partially widescreen and looks like a tape.

Those clips are different because they are part of the original Movie Macabre broadcast.

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Incidentally, the Elvira version of TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD featured the train massacre that was cut from the video releases.

The previous US tape release had a self-imposed R-rating on it and cut virtually all of the train massacre.  I think the Elvira version darkened it to show it unedited.
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