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My Dear Killer (1972)
"Mio caro assassino" (original title)

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A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl.

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George Hilton ...
Inspector Luca Peretti
Salvo Randone ...
Chief Marò
William Berger ...
Giorgio Canavese
Marilù Tolo ...
Dr. Anna Borgese
Manuel Zarzo ...
Brigadier Bozzi (as Manolo Zarzo)
Patty Shepard ...
Paola Rossi, the teacher
Piero Lulli ...
Alessandro Moroni
Helga Liné ...
Mrs. Paradisi
Tullio Valli ...
Oliviero Moroni
Dante Maggio ...
Mattia Guardapelle
Dana Ghia ...
Eleonora Moroni
Alfredo Mayo ...
Beniamino
Mónica Randall ...
Carla Moroni
Corrado Gaipa ...
Head of Insurance Company
Lara Wendel ...
Stefania Moroni (as Daniela Rachele Barnes)
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Following a mysterious decapitation (via mechanical digger) of an insurance investigator, Police Inspector Peretti is put onto the case. Slowly more people are found dead... a man supposedly commits suicide, a women is strangled, another attacked in her flat... but all the clues lead to an unsolved case of kidnapping and murder. Can Peretti find the murderer, if his major clue is a little girls drawing??? Written by Andrew Lines <peter_lines@lineone.net>

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A Complicated But Entertaining Giallo
13 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the opening strains of its eerie, baby-lullaby theme song to its haunting final shot of a child's drawing, "My Dear Killer" (1972) is a giallo pervaded with a sense of tragedy. A year before the action depicted in the film, a young child had been kidnapped from her wealthy parents' country villa and left to die, and now a wave of homicides, seemingly connected to this tragedy, opens the case anew. Giallo regular George Hilton plays Inspector Peretti here, a character who surely deserves a medal or promotion of some sort for getting to the bottom of this case; indeed, "My Dear Killer" is one of the most complicated gialli that I have ever seen. It is the type of film that you watch by the skin of your teeth, just barely comprehending the plot as things unspool; a repeat viewing--in my case, anyway--reveals that this seemingly unfathomable plot does make perfect sense. Anyway, Hilton (mustachioed here, for a change) is excellent, as usual, director Tonino Valerii keeps things nice and suspenseful, and the maestro, Ennio Morricone, provides a score that, if not his most memorable, is appropriately nerve jangling (and eerie, as I mentioned up top). While not a particularly violent giallo, a pair of set pieces should make this film of interest to all the gorehounds out there: one decapitation murder using an enormous dredging machine, and, most horribly, the death of a gorgeous schoolteacher with a circular power saw. (Don't all women have this tool lying around their apartment?) This latter scene, although not overly graphic, still proved kind of hard for me to watch. As far as the killer's identity is concerned, I suppose it IS possible to figure this one out, but my advice would be to just relax and enjoy the fun. The DVD that I just watched, by the way, from the fine folks at Shriek Show, looks just fine, but includes no subtitling option...not even with the interview extras, which are all in Italian! A pity...I would have enjoyed Hilton's comments on this very entertaining giallo, all these years later....


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