A young nurse arrives at late night, after she answered a newspaper’s ad. She is studying architecture too. Crossing the park she sees a man is looking at her from a distance, discovering that he is the sick man who she will be taking care of. Liang, his wife, gives to the nurse the instructions to make the two injections to calm down her husband’s pains: the first at 3 am and the second at 6 am. The man was stabbed the stomach. He likes to play with money, but he doesn’t pay his gambling debts.
During the night, when the nurse is going to give the first injection, someone knocks at the door, scaring her. The syringe falls onto the floor, breaking. The nurse steals a big ring from his finger, and she throws the second injection into the waste bin, she doesn’t care about the man
Liang arrives in the early morning noting the syringe is in the waste bin and noticing her husband finger is missing the ring. The nurse swallows the ring. Liang says to her husband is dead. The nurse faints falling to the floor. When she wakes up, she sees two people are taking away the body to cremate it.
Thus begins “Liquid”, this noir story that tastes like an old black and white movie, one of those old film soaked of nostalgia and good suspense.
Nessia Caliri, it sounds a name as from other times, but she is only 19-years-old and she is in her first experience in creative writing. Graduated in foreign languages, she dreams the America, and for this reason she chooses to write in English. Her is an original screenplay seeking for a producer, like all those proposed by Creampie Me Press. Nessia Caliri must surely have read the book of short novels “Disturbi di sangue” (Blood disorders) by Dario Russo, also published by Creampie Me Press, to be inspired for the séance scene in “I delitti di Savio”, the arrival of the nurse in “Agofobia”, and for some other details from other short stories. Above all she must be a glutton of retro films such as “Black Sabbath” by Mario Bava on 1963 for the episode of “The drop of water” – the ring stolen from the deceased , “La ragazza che sapeva troppo” (The girl who knew too much) always by Mario Bava and always dated 1963 for the room with the closed door, very popular stereotype on the 60s and 70s, “Les diaboliques” by Henri-Georges Clouzot on 1955 for the guilt admission of the nurse and for the scene of the deceased husband who gets up from the bathtub, for that one at the end with the two housekeepers it is somewhat reminiscent of the ending of Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “Anatomy” on 2000, and finally for the entire sequence of revealing scenes she will surely have got inspiration from “Wild Things” directed by John McNaughton on 1998.
Mind you, no mess has turned up. Far from it. It is certainly a good mix of old stereotypes revisited in a modern way.
Autore: Dario Russo
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