5 bambole per la luna d’agosto (1970)

35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.85:1
mono, Italian

An Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava.

Plot Summary

A wealthy industrialist invites five business friends to his remote Mediterranean island for a weekend to meet chemist Professor Farrell who has a business proposition for them. But as the weekend wears on the guests turn on each other and one of them resorts to serial murder.


Directed by: Mario Bava
La P.A.C. presents. A P.A.C. production
Story and Screenplay: Mario Di Nardo
Director of Photography: Antonio Rinaldi
Editor: Mario Bava
Music by: Piero Umiliani, conducted by the composer
Sound: Leopoldo Rosi
Costumes: Giuliana Mafai
Make-up: Oretta melaranci
Art Director: Giuliana Mafai

William Berger (Gerry Farrell)
Ira Fürstenberg (Trudy Farrel)
Edwige Fenech (Mary Chaney)
Howard Ross (Jack Davidson)
Helena Ronée (Peggy)
Teodoro Corrà (George Stark)
Justine Gall (Isabelle)
Edith Meloni (Jill)
Mauro Bosco (Charles, guard)
Maurice Poli (Nick Chaney)

Alternative Titles

5 dockor i augustimånen – Sweden
5 Dolls for an August Moon – USA
Cinco Bonecas Para a Lua de Agosto – Portugal
Cinco Bonecas pela Lua de Agosto – Brazil
Cinco muñecas para la luna de agosto – Spain
Fem lig i fryseren – Denmark
Five Dolls for an August Moon – English language title
L'Île de l'épouvante – France
Island of Terror – USA (alternative title)
Kabuslu Geceler – Turkey



  • The House of Hammer vol.1 no.2 (1976) pp.46-47 – illustrated article (Horror around the world by Barrie Pattison)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.217-218
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.204
  • Film Review 1973-74 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.219
  • The Haunted World of Mario Bava by Troy Howarth pp.224-233; 341-342 – illustrated review; illustrated credits
  • Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death by James Marriott & Kim Newman p.169
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.135
  • Mario Bava by Alberto Pezzotta pp.75-76; 112-113
  • Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark by Tim Lucas pp.809-825 – illustrated review, synopsis, production notes, credits