All the Colors of the Dark

All the Colors of the Dark (Italian: Tutti i colori del buio) is a 1972 giallo film directed by Sergio Martino and starring Edwige Fenech, George Hilton and George Rigaud.[2][3] The film was also released under the alternate titles Day of the Maniac and They're Coming to Get You!.

All the Colors of the Dark
Italian film poster
Directed bySergio Martino
Screenplay by
Story bySantiago Moncada[1]
Produced by
  • Giancarlo Ferrando
  • Miguel Fernández Mila[1]
Edited byEugenio Alabiso[1]
Music byBruno Nicolai[1]
  • Lea Film
  • National Cinematografica
  • C.C. Astro[1]
Distributed byInterfilm
Release date
  • 28 February 1972 (1972-02-28) (Italy)
  • 27 August 1973 (1973-08-27) (Spain)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
Box office294 million


After a car accident causes her to miscarry, Jane's sister Barbara recommends seeing a psychiatrist, Dr. Burton, against the misgivings of Jane's boyfriend Richard. Jane is also still dealing with the trauma of witnessing her mother's murder at a young age. The visit ends badly and Jane instead ends up confiding in her new neighbor Mary.

Mary recommends that Jane participate in a Black Mass with Mary's sect, which she does despite several misgivings. Afterwards Jane begins to experience nightmares of a strange man and starts seeing him in her waking life, making her increasingly unable to distinguish the dream world from the real one. Despite the rituals becoming more bizarre and sexualized, Jane continues to attend the sect's rituals. When the latest ritual results in Mary's death, Jane flees in horror. The strange man appears in front of her and reveals that her mother was part of the sect and that she was murdered because she wanted to leave. He also tells her that Mary was killed for bringing in a novice. Despite these warnings Jane again tries to flee by hiding out in the countryside, only for this to end with several more deaths.

Ultimately Richard, along with the police, are able to discover that Barbara is behind the Black Masses. Not only a member of the sect, Barbara wanted to take control of their mother's legacy. Fearing for Jane's wellbeing, Richard kills Barbara and Jane is taken to the hospital. At the hospital Jane has a nightmare that Richard is killed by the sect and that it is covered up by the police, as their head is a sect member. When they return home they are attacked twice by people related to the sect, the second of which is by the leader. Richard throws him off the roof, seemingly ending the nightmare forever.



All the Colors of the Dark was released in Italy on 28 February 1972 where it was distributed by Interfilm.[4][1] The film grossed a total of 294,470,000 Italian lire domestically.[1]

The film was released in Spain on 27 August 1973 in Spain where it was released as Todos los colores de la oscuridad.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

AllMovie called the film "tiresome".[5]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Curti 2017, p. 77.
  2. ^ Antonio Bruschini (1992). Profonde tenebre. Granata, 1992. ISBN 8872480396.
  3. ^ Mikel J. Koven (2 October 2006). La dolce morte: vernacular cinema and the Italian giallo film. Scarecrow Press, 2006. ISBN 0810858703.
  4. ^ Firsching, Robert. "All the Colors of the Dark". Archived from the original on 2013-09-22. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Firsching, Robert. "All the Colors of the Dark - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 1 August 2012.


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