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A Whisper in the Dark (2005)

John Phillip Law , Nathalie Delon , Marcello Aliprandi  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Phillip Law, Nathalie Delon, Olga Bisera, Alessandro Poggi, Joseph Cotten
  • Directors: Marcello Aliprandi
  • Writers: Maria Teresa Rienzi, Nicolò Rienzi
  • Producers: Enzo Gallo
  • Format: Color, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: NoShame Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKUTK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Whisper in the Dark" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Whispering Corridors - interviews with cinematographer Claudio Cirillo
  • Exclusive Intro by cinematographer Claudio Cirillo
  • Original Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Collectible Booklet including liner notes, talent bios and essay on Italian gothic Films

Editorial Reviews

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An excellent dark thriller from Italy

looks and sounds fantastic on this DVD highly recommended -- DVD Talk.com

Noshame is becoming one hell of a contender on the DVD market. their catalog is impressive to say the least. -- Monsters At Play.com

Whisper... gets a very solid English-language launch. The film itself looks quite impressive, on par with their previous releases. -- Mondo Digital.com

a supernatural tale told in a classic style that is distinctly reminiscent of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry James. Recommended -- 10,000 Bullets.com

number of quiet chills to be had with this film. This is a gorgeous transfer for such a rare film -- DVD Drive In.com

Product Description

Strange things are going on in a beautiful and decadent Venetian villa. A young mother (BLUEBEARD’s Nathalie Delon) is horrified to discover that the imaginary friend of her son (Alessandro Poggi) is the second child she lost during her last pregnancy. Haunted by guilt, plagued by freak accidents and disbelieved by her husband (DANGER DIABOLIK’S John Phillip Law), she turns for help to a famous psychiatrist (BARON BLOOD’s Joseph Cotten)… only to learn that the ghost of her dead child is a very naughty boy.

Based on Henry James’ THE TURN OF THE SCREW and in the tradition of Nicolas Roeg’s DON’T LOOK NOW and Mario Bava’s SHOCK, this long-lost Italo-Gothic classic was directed by the late Marcello Aliprandi and shot in the breathtaking Villa Condulmer in Mogliano, Veneto. Painstakingly restored from the original vault negatives and available uncut for the first time in the USA, this subtle, disturbing scarefeast is driven by a sensual score from maestro Pino Donaggio (DRESSED TO KILL, THE HOWLING). And for the first time ever, cinematographer Claudio Cirillo (Ettore Scola’s WE ALL LOVED EACH OTHER SO MUCH) has granted an exclusive interview, discussing the making of this ghostly gem.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted To Enjoy It More! January 27, 2007
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Italian gothics, though slow, are usually rewarding. Not so in this case. While Whisper... has the right look, cast, and even a Pino Dinaggio score, it just doesn't add up. I wasn't scared! Sure, there were a few scenes with some decent tension, but never any real shocks. I'd recommend watching Mario Bava's "Shock" or Massimo Dallamano's "The Night Child" to see whether this is a film for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars real frights December 4, 2013
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It's a pity this movie is practically unknown, 'cause it would be a serious contender to reach the top of one of those "worst movie" lists... Intended to be a supernatural thriller, in the end it's only a collection of horror stereotypes, bad actors performing at their worst, embarrassing kitsch moments (yes, those great kitsch moments that can transform a b-movie into a trash cult!), the most disagreeable couple of twin girls in movie history and a screenplay that, lacking any trace of logic and plausibility, manages instead to deliver some tragically funny (alas, unintentionally) dialogues

The only real frights come courtesy of the scary costumes (pure 1970's-style) the actors wear throughout the movie: a collection of the worst of the worst of fashion...
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2.0 out of 5 stars real frights June 6, 2009
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It's a pity this movie is practically unknown, 'cause it would be a serious contender to reach the top of one of those "worst movie" lists... Intended to be a supernatural thriller, in the end it's only a collection of horror stereotypes, bad actors performing at their worst, embarrassing kitsch moments (yes, those great kitsch moments that can transform a b-movie into a trash cult!), the most disagreeable couple of twin girls in movie history and a screenplay that, lacking any trace of logic and plausibility, manages instead to deliver some tragically funny (alas, unintentionally) dialogues

The only real frights come courtesy of the scary costumes (pure 1970's-style) the actors wear throughout the movie: a collection of the worst of the worst of fashion...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to deliver on any level February 3, 2009
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This movie fails to deliver on every level. If you're looking for creepiness or horror, you won't find it here; if you're looking for an interesting psychological drama, not here; interesting character study or family drama, no.

Even the score, which is sort of Euro-contemporary (that is, 70s contemp) misses every opportunity to help build tension, or to effectively convey appropriate mood. On the contrary, it saps the film of any such effects. No spoiler, just an example: a swing is (maybe) moving by the hand of an invisible ghost, but the accompanying score is comprised of a light flute / acoustic guitar combo of the kind you might expect to hear playing as ambient music at a really boring cocktail party.

The acting is bad all around as well; the women are especially overwrought and stereotypically hysterical. Part of the latter is just a product of 70s European film conventions, but it's just bad no matter what the explanation. The ending itself - again, no spoilers, don't worry - does not break precedent with the film's prior ineffectiveness. We get a climactic sequence which seems to resolve the conflict in one way, but this is followed by a sort of postscript which utterly contradicts the supposed initial resolution. In the hands of a more capable scriptwriter and a more competent director, this ending might have been made interesting, but I'm not willing to give it credit for being clever. It's just a mess.

I've certainly seen worse movies, but that's not much of a recommendation.
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