Audiences at last summer's Film4 FrightFest in London will have no trouble remembering the world premiere of Federico Zampaglione's giallo homage, Tulpa. From the cheesy sex scenes to the poorly dubbed Italian cast, Tulpa proved a highlight of the weekend, albeit for all the wrong reasons. However, it seems to have served as something of a wake-up call. Following the film's disasterous debut, Zampaglione took Tulpa back into the editing room and has reportedly excised 20 minutes out of it.
Judging from the film's new red band trailer, he has also re-dubbed the cast, which might go some way to easing the problems of the version we saw back in August. The re-edited version of the film apparently fared far better at Sitges, San Sebastian and a number of other festivals, even picking up a jury award at Noir Fest in Courmayeur, but whether the changes have been sufficient to truly save the film remains to be seen.
Check out the red band trailer for yourselves below.
Starring Claudia Gerini (The Passion Of Christ), Michele Placido (Ages Of Love) Nuot Arquint (Shadow) and Michela Cescon, TULPA tells the story of a powerful stock broker who frequents a sex club owned by a mysterious Tibetan guru. Unshackled from the pressure of her job she will do anything to attain a higher consciousness, but when her lovers are murdered in shocking ways, she tries to unmask the anonymous assassin with nightmare consequences.