“If you kill for killing’s sake, you become a monster.”
On a beautiful bay-front property, a wheelchair-bound woman (Isa Miranda) is killed by her husband (Giovanni Nuvoletti), who is promptly murdered by a mysterious assailant. We soon learn that a local real estate agent (Chris Avran) and his lover (Anna Maria Rosati) had plotted with Nuvoletti to kill his wife; meanwhile, a quartet of teenagers come to explore the bay and are killed by Miranda’s illegitimate son (Claudio Camaso), who has been scheming with Avram to sign over the bay to them but is foiled when Nuvoletti’s daughter (Claudine Auger) arrives with her husband (Luigi Pistilli), and their own desire for the property complicates the bloody situation even further — including involving a local entomologist (Leopoldo Trieste) and his tarot card-reading wife (Laura Betti).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Horror Films
- Mario Bava Films
- Serial Killers
Mario Bava’s stylish horror film is notable for the being a direct forerunner of “summer slasher flick” Friday the 13th (1980) — especially given the inclusion of an otherwise random subplot about a group of young adults frolicking on the property:
who are done away with one by one (or, in an infamous shot, two at once):
Twitch of the Last Death Nerve — also known as A Bay of Blood and The Last House on the Left, Part II (!!) — is filled not only with LOTS of gore but plenty of kooky, mysterious, and/or sinister characters:
… who may or may not be responsible for the spate of bloody killings that won’t stop taking place. Favorite random line: “You are full of hot dogs and cadillacs, and you have no music in your soul.”
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Atmospheric cinematography
No, though clearly horror film enthusiasts would disagree with me. Listed as a Cult Movie and a Personal Recommendation in the back of Peary’s book.