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My Dear Killer (1972) More at IMDbPro »Mio caro assassino (original title)

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My Dear Killer -- A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti (Hilton) into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl.

If you're wondering how to better use your power tools and plant machinery then the gloriously gruesome My Dear Killer is a stylish horror thriller that's better than any product demonstration video!
When you want to guarantee death only a bulldozer will do as Police Inspector Peretti (George Hilton) discovers when he investigates a headless body that's recently lost a fight with a digger. As he further excavates into the case Peretti discovers a disturbing link with the murder of a young girl, but the further he delves the more the bodies pile up as the killer embarks on a murderous trail of DIY devastation.

This is the only Giallo thriller that spaghetti western director Tonino Valerii made but in one attempt he created an absorbingly complex and delightfully twisted take on the genre that's delivered with flair and considerable tension.

My Dear Killer (cert. 18) is released uncut on DVD by Shameless Screen Entertainment. The film will be presented remastered in 2.35:1 with English 2.0 sound. Also included on the disc is a Shameless original trailer gallery.


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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)
Francesco Di Federico ... Vincenzo Paradisi

Lola Gaos ... Adele Rudigiani
Sergio Mendizábal ... Rag. Civitelli

Sofia Dionisio ... Servant at Moroni's home
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Postman witness

Elisa Mainardi ... Servant at Moroni's home
Enzo Fiermonte ... Jib crane owner
Annamaria Chio ... Woman witness in post office
Antonio Spaccatini ... Silvestri
Guerrino Crivello ... Barman at Bar Latteria
Irio Fantini
Andrea Scotti ... Witness in post office
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Giorgio Canavese's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Clarain ... Driver in Moroni's Home (uncredited)
Remo De Angelis ... Mario Ansuini (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco ... Policeman in the Ansuini Crime Scene (uncredited)
Sergio Testori ... Kidnapper (uncredited)

Directed by
Tonino Valerii 
Writing credits
Roberto Leoni (screenplay) and
Franco Bucceri (screenplay)

Roberto Leoni (story) and
Franco Bucceri (story)

José Gutiérrez Maesso 
Tonino Valerii 

Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Manuel Rojas 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
Art Direction by
Francisco Canet 
Claudio Cinini 
Costume Design by
Fiorenzo Senese 
Makeup Department
Vittorio Biseo .... makeup artist
Marisa Fraticelli .... hair stylist
Production Management
Anacleto Amadio .... unit manager
Roberto Cocco .... production manager
Carlo Giovagnorio .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Remo De Angelis .... second assistant director
Roberto Leoni .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Pietro Ortolani .... sound technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Angelo Lannutti .... camera operator
Angelo Novi .... still photographer
Mauro Pezzotti .... grip
Editorial Department
Sergio Fraticelli .... assistant editor
Alessandro Gabriele .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
Other crew
Renata Franceschi .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Mio caro assassino" - Italy (original title)
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Italy:96 min
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Italian censorship visa # 59715 delivered on 29-1-1972.See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
My Complex & Sadist Killer!, 13 July 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Anyone who ever saw "My Dear Killer" is most likely to agree when I claim that it's nearly impossible to find another horror film with a more convoluted plot! I never thought I'd say this, but this movie almost exaggerates with the constant adding of new twists and complexity! "My Dear Killer", which is a giallo in the purest definition of the term, features nearly a dozen murder victims and an equal amount of suspects. Paying close attention to the development of the plot is difficult enough already, so guessing along for the killer's identity is pretty much out of the question. And yet, it's another wondrous example of Italy's finest horror sub genre, with brutal slaughters, controversial themes and great music! Giallo-regular George Hilton ("All the Colors of the Dark", "Case of the Bloody Iris") plays Peretti, a police detective charged with investigating the eerie murder of an insurance inspector. He was obviously getting too close to someone's dark secrets and, in order to solve the case; Peretti has carry on with the decapitated victim's research. All traces lead to the unsolved kidnapping and eventual murder of a young girl in the area. The killer clearly doesn't know how he is to getting caught, as he precautionary starts to eliminate everyone close to the case. Be advised that the above is a very vague description of the plot, as a more detailed summary would cover several pages. Apart from a few minor holes in the plot and a handful of illogicalness, "My Dear Killer" is a hugely compelling and intense murder-mystery. Especially the violence will appeal to hardcore horror fans, as the killer even uses circular saws and construction machinery! Tonino Valerii is not a very eminent Italian horror filmmaker (or at least not as eminent as, say, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci or Sergio Martino), but his directing is truly stylish and he obviously read the "big book of giallo-guidelines" carefully before he started making this movie. Highly recommended!

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