The fourth feature of the Argentinian Onetti Brothers continues in style and spirit from where their second feature Francesca – a Night Visions favourite of 2016 – left off. Abracadabra is again an exploration of the aesthetics of the Italian giallos of the 1970s, digging deep in the essence of the beloved genre right in the heels of Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. But whereas Guadagnino focuses on completely reinventing the wheel in his latest, the Onettis are doing what they have already proved to know best. The story set in Turin of 1971 and centering on a magician who finds himself associated a little too closely with a brutal killing spree is pure giallo gold, featuring stunning costume design, genuinely 70s visual style and a perfectly matching soundtrack – composed by the film’s multi-talented screenwriter-director-editor Luciano Onetti.
“They definitely go all out with that wacky, weird, twisted giallo feel”
– Alex Billington / FirstShowing
“The brothers appear to have pulled no stops in creativity with the camera”
– Andrew Mack / ScreenAnarchy