Working with elements of the traditional horror genre - second sight, ESP, warnings from the dead, a mad killer - and a cinematography of disquieting beauty and dreamlike sense of dislocation, director Nicolas Roeg weaves a fabric of anxiety that questions all reality.
The evocative use of the back streets of Venice is a sinister participant in the action based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. This intensely erotic and macabre film boasts outstanding performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
Winner of Best Cinematography and nominated for Best Actress (Julie Christie), Best Actor (Donald Sutherland), Best Film, and Best Direction at the BAFTA Awards. Nominated for Best Horror Film at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films,. Nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards.
"A devastating portrait of grief, a master class in disjunctive editing and a haunting disquisition on the use of the color red." - Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times