[31 Days of Halloween 2016: THE PERFECT HUSBAND is now available on DVD, Blu Ray and Video On Demand.]
Review by Charles Cassady, Jr.
*Note: As with last year’s 31 Days of Halloween marathon of horror movie reviews, we’ll be diving deep into the new release section looking for modern horror fare. We'll be hoping for the best, but frankly expecting the worst.*
No, it’s not another riff on the FATAL ATTRACTION theme; cascades of those intimate-partner-goes-crazy rote thrillers came out about 20 years ago. But the bad new is that THE PERFECT HUSBAND is instead a torture-porn psycho shocker with only a mild narrative twist to uplift it from the we-dare-you-to-watch gore herd.
Italian filmmaker Luca Pavetto admittedly does summon a sense of unease and slow-building dread before wallowing in mutilation and bloody savagery in closeup. After a traumatic miscarriage, young wife Viola (Gabriella Wright) accompanies husband Nicola (Bret Roberts) on what is supposed to be a healing, romantic country getaway.
But there’s a male forest ranger who finds Viola unexpectedly passed out in the woods and brings the pretty girl back to Nicola. That night Nicola erupts in a fit of jealousy, cuffs Viola to a bed and starts brutalizing her while shrieking that he wants another try at a baby, a harrowing spiral of real-life Punch and Judy that turns into a desperate fight for survival.
But for who? little hints around the edges of medication not taken and things not quite right clue in the viewer that what we are seeing is not precisely accurate to what is really going on. Oh, well, yeah, that makes this entertainment. So goes the theory.
Even with the twist, though, it’s nasty, morbid carnage. Bring your own joke about the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt ugly breakup.
But for those who can’t get enough, distributor Artsploitation has thrown in as a disc extra Pavetto’s 62-minute short feature IL MARITO PERFETTO, of which this is an expansion. Guess it makes an interesting comparison with the different cast and more overtly feverish giallo tinge to the shorter version. While dialogue in the main feature is in English, the shorter one has the original Italian soundtrack.
Well take your choice. Me, I would rather choose neither. Kind of like in the upcoming presidential election. (1 ¾ out of 4 stars)