Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) is a horror novelist, in Rome to promote his latest novel, although on arrival, he’s questioned by the police as to a related murder. Soon, the bodies are amassing from all sides, all linked back to the author. So whose bumping these girls off?
Argento takes us on a sleek contemporary giallo which is toned down from his previous deep pallet of colours, this time, we get a somewhat blank canvas which allows the master to spray blood all over the place to maximum effect, and believe me, when I say spray, I mean spray. The tale is a straight to the point affair for the most part, with some great twists and an effective conclusion. There’s some interesting dreamlike back story which is all good stuff and brilliantly created. The film works well with a very talented cast here too. Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner, John Saxon and Giuliano Gemma.
The promo poster for this film shows a girls head, held backwards through a pane of glass, neck sliced wide open. He’s Argento’s window murder again, a great scene, a shocking double murder which follows one of the most dramatic, stylish and accomplished cinematographic scenes in any of Argento’s films, care or Luciano Tovoli, as the camera pans slowly through a window and up over a house, dipping into windows and rooms. Tremendous.
Score here is also stunningly good, once again provided by the magnificent Goblin.