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LA SETTIMA DONNA
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Franco Prosperi

Starring:
Florinda Bolkan
Ray Lovelock
Sherry Buchanan

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A nun who takes a few teenage girls to a house in the middle of nowhere to rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream. Soon, three uninvited gentlemen show up to rape and terrorize everyone with a cane. Sister snaps, and declares revenge upon the wrongdoers!
Is it good movie?
The name La Settima Donna translates to "Last House on the Beach", and considering the similarities to Wes Craven's first real moneymaker, this isn't all that surprising. The whole movie really isn't much to talk about either way- it's predictable, dated and not all that shocking or boundary pushing, although there is plenty of sex and violence.

I don't doubt that at the time, people who hadn't seen Craven's film thought this was an okay watch, but Settima is really almost a remake (albeit with typical Italian influences) of Last House. The only real points I give are to Ray Lovelock as the leader of the bad guys for playing such a slimy, manipulative jerk, and Florinda Bolkan's nun performance is a perfect contrast to this. I suppose the rape scenes were also pretty grisly at the time, if you're into that sort of thing.

You'll cheer when the film comes to a close and revenge has been had, and you'll squirm when the bad guys have their way with the innocent females, so I suppose that after all these years, La Settima Donna if nothing else remains effective, despite being unnecessary.
Video / Audio
Video gets a great 2.35.1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that makes it seem as if you're watching a modern film, I could barely see anything wrong with this- so nice.

You’ll find in the audio department that you can watch this film in a couple languages, all in Dolby- Italian, English or German. Ironically enough, you can only find the English track via cycling through the audio channels with your remote. All of the tracks sound quite good.
The Extras
The biggest extra here is Holy Beauty Vs. The Evil Beasts, an interview with head baddie Ray Lovelock that lasts about a half an hour. It's a little bloated, but the man shares a good few interesting insights into the movie's creation and is worth watching. You'll also find a photo gallery, alternate opening credits, and even the soundtrack is included on a separate CD. I thought the soundtrack was mostly typical awful synth-style garbage with a few guitar tracks, but I suppose if you love Italian horror, you'd think this was a keeper (although the artists on this track are no Goblin
Last Call
At the end of the day, La Settima Donna is a gorgeous DVD release that has been given very special treatment for reasons I can't really name. The film is average and predictable, a rip-off of one that had come before it. It's watchable, but I can't see why anyone but the most diehard collector would pick it up. To each their own!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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