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A woman, a survivor of a failed murder attempt by a person dubbed "The Half-Moon Killer" by the police, and her husband must find the connecting thread between herself, six other women, and the killer before the killer strikes at her again. Written by
"Seven Blood-Stained Orchids" (1971) is a middling, fairly goreless
giallo from director Umberto Lenzi that should just manage to please
fans of this genre. In it, a hunky-dude designer, played by Antonio
Sabato in a one-note performance, investigates when his pretty fiancée
becomes the latest target of yet another Italian serial killer. With
the help of this fiancée, appealingly played by German actress Uschi
Glass, the couple realizes that all previous murder victims had stayed
at the same countryside hotel several years before. But will this bit
of knowledge enable them to save future targets of the killer? And why
does this homicidal whack job insist on leaving crescent-moon
medallions (NOT half-moon, as widely reported elsewhere!) at the site
of his slayings? The film, as you may have discerned, tells an
interesting story, with a twisty, slightly confusing plot that does
ultimately manage to hang together. Lenzi has directed his film in a
competent, no-nonsense manner, while the picture's score, from Riz
Ortolani, is alternately somber, cool, menacing and lovely. The film's
killer utilizes many expedients to off his victims, including beating,
drowning, strangulation and--in a scene that should please most
gorehounds--a power drill, and this many years before similar nut cases
picked up their Black & Deckers in films such as "The Tool Box
Murders," "The Driller Killer" and "The Slumber Party Massacre."
Several scenes are indeed quite suspenseful, such as the ones with the
poisoned kitties and the female mental patient. Shriek Show is to be
thanked for this fine-looking DVD (sadly, with no subtitles) of a film
never before released in the U.S. Oh...one other thing. Do NOT watch
the film's trailer before viewing this picture. Amazingly, it reveals
the killer's identity not once but several times! Talk about spoilers!
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