Horror, Thriller

Cruel Tango (2014)

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Cruel Tango

Studio: One 7 Movies

DVD Release: December 9, 2014

Director: Salvatore Metastasio

Not Rated

Review by Travis North 

This would be my first time crossing paths with One 7 Movies, so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this. From the cover art, I fully expected some low budget, tiresome, torture porn. There is some good news and some bad news to report. The good news is this is not strictly torture porn. The bad news? It is still not all that good.

Instead this is a modern Italian movie that has echoes of the past glory of the region. There is a mix of giallo murder mystery, some moderately boiled police procedural, and lots of Bava-esque blue and red heavy lighting. While it is encouraging to see a movie along these lines being made again in the moribund Italian genre, I would have liked this better if it was actually interesting.

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The convoluted and padded plot involves murders taking place in a small Italian village. Instead of getting the attention the killer “deserves”, it seems there is some big cover-up due to “oil”. If that wasn’t dated enough, a blogger…..yes, a blogger…..takes it upon himself to investigate. He actually gets sent links to a website that hosts videos of the murders. In some Troma level product placement he goes to YOURCRIME.ORG to watch the videos. This was lame in Feat Dot Com over a decade ago and fares no better here. Did they just get the internet in Italy recently and all of this is cutting edge? Meanwhile tons of useless characters get introduced to bog things down. The further the blogger investigates, the cops soon start to suspect him. People he cares about get placed in the crosshairs along the way. Well trod plot devices are everywhere. Just when you think it’s over, you can see there is over 10 minutes left, so prepare yourself for a dud of a “shock” ending.

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There isn’t much to recommend here. Cheap and shot on video, this does try to have some style in the direction. There is an abundance of clichéd editing and strained attempts at creating a disturbing tone. As for exploitation factors, there is some quick nudity and moderately convincing snippets of gore. Definitely not enough or executed convincingly enough to offset all the negatives.

In a surprising change of pace, there is almost no information about this movie online. The movie itself doesn’t seem to be on IMDB, and trying to find it through the actors or director was also a dead end. The aforementioned website plugging doesn’t help either since that site seems to be dead. I guess it provides a throwback feel to the days when trying to get information about genre imports was extremely limited. It shouldn’t be a vote of confidence for the filmmakers though.

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The DVD looks ok enough considering the production. There is only a trailer included as an extra on the disc. Only the most absolute die hard giallo fan should even consider spending their time on this. The cruelest thing about this movie was the never-ending awful tango music on the soundtrack.

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Movie Rating: ★½☆☆☆

DVD Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

 

 

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