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Evil Eye (1963)

La ragazza che sapeva troppo (original title)
Unrated | | Mystery, Thriller | 20 May 1964 (USA)
A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings.


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Complete credited cast:
Letícia Román ...
Nora Davis
Dr. Marcello Bassi
Laura Craven-Torrani
Titti Tomaino ...
Luigi Bonos ...
Albergo Stelletta
Milo Quesada ...
De Vico / Paccini
Robert Buchanan ...
Dr. Alessi
Marta Melocco ...
Murder Victim
Dr. Facchetti
Lucia Modugno ...
Giovanni Di Benedetto ...
Professor Torrani (as Gianni De Benedetto)
Franco Moruzzi ...
Policeman (as Franco Morici)
Virginia Doro ...
Torrani's Maid
Dante DiPaolo ...
Andrea Landini (as Dante Di Paolo)


Nora is a young tourist traveling through Rome which takes a sudden turn when she witnesses a murder by a serial killer that the police have sought for years for the so-called Alphabet Killings, and Nora soon finds herself in way-over-her-head trouble when the police want her cooperation to catch the killer while the mystery killer soon targets her for his next victim. Written by Anonymous

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20 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Evil Eye  »

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Mario Bava's final black and white production. See more »


Nora Davis: [into the phone] Oh mother, murders don't just happen like that here.
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Written and Composed by Adriano Celentano (as Adicel) and Paolo Vivarelli
Performed by Adriano Celentano
Published by Nazionalmusic and Disco Jolly
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Classic and frightening Giallo by the great Mario Bava with the ordinary cruel murders
6 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

The movie tells how an US tourist young girl (Leticia Roman) travels to Rome and is witness a killing by a brutal killer . She's only helped by an Italian mistress (Valentina Cortese) and a good-looking young (John Saxon) , they will help resolve the series of unsolved crude assassinations carried out by the so called Alphabet Murderer . Later on , the police wants her cooperation to seize the executioner while the mysterious series-killer soon targets her for his next victim .

In the movie there is suspense , thriller , horror and results to be very exciting . The film is entertaining for continued tension , emotion , intrigue ; besides, there appears numerous palaces , famous buildings and squares that create a spectacular movie . The picture is considered to be the first Giallo , being rightly regarded as the seminal work in what became known as the "Giallo" genre , a sub-genre invented by Mario Bava and successfully continued by Riccardo Freda and Dario Argento . Bava would follow filming Giallos as ¨Blood and black lace¨ and classics of horror cinema as ¨Mask of demon¨ , ¨Black sabbath¨ and ¨Planet of vampires¨ . In some countries the film was released under the following titles : "The Evil Eye" , ¨Incubus¨ or ¨Obsession diabolique¨ . In England it got a theatrical release in a double-bill with another old picture , Jacques Tourneur's "The Comedy Of Terrors" . Film casting is frankly well . Leticia Roman as an enticing scream girl is enjoyable and attractive , John Saxon as her young friend is very fine and veteran Valentina Cortese is excellent . Robert Nicolosi's musical score is atmospheric , though in the US version is composed by Les Baxter , Corman factory's regular , and the catching opening song is sung by Adriano Calentano . Magnificent white and black cinematography by the same Mario Bava, as usual in most his movies , and this was his final black and white production . The motion picture will appeal to terror cinema fans and Giallo enthusiasts . Rating : Good . Well worth seeing

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