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Knife of Ice (1972)
"Il coltello di ghiaccio" (original title)

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As a thirteen year old, Martha Caldwell witnessed the death of her parents in a terrible railway accident. Barely surviving the tragedy herself, Martha was struck dumb due to the shock. Now... See full summary »

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Martha Caldwell
Alan Scott ...
Dr. Laurent
Ida Galli ...
Jenny Ascot (as Evelyn Stewart)
Eduardo Fajardo ...
Marcos
Silvia Monelli ...
Mrs. Annie Britton
George Rigaud ...
Uncle Ralph
Franco Fantasia ...
Inspector Duran
Dada Gallotti ...
Mayor's wife
Lorenzo Robledo ...
Vice-commissioner
Mario Pardo
Olga Gherardi ...
Rosalie
Consalvo Dell'Arti ...
Mayor
José Marco ...
Father Martin
Carla Mancini ...
Bookshop clerk
Luca Sportelli ...
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As a thirteen year old, Martha Caldwell witnessed the death of her parents in a terrible railway accident. Barely surviving the tragedy herself, Martha was struck dumb due to the shock. Now an adult, the still mute Martha lives with her uncle Ralph in the Spanish countryside. Martha's cousing Jenny arrives to be with the family but is quickly stabbed to death. It appears that a sex maniac is roaming the countryside; killing pretty young girls. The already traumatized Martha seems likely to be the next victim but the case turns out to be far more complicated than it would first seem. Written by Johan Melle

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24 August 1972 (Italy)  »

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ESP 14,666,809 (Spain)
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One of Lenzi's Classier Efforts, If Not More Interesting
22 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree that "Knife of Ice" is one of director Umberto Lenzi's classier movies, but I didn't find it one of his more interesting ones (it's certainly one of his least sexy). The mystery is well conceived, the editing well done, and Carroll Baker turns in a good performance, no doubt aided by the fact that since her character is a mute she's spared the stilted post dubbing suffered by the other actors. But the pacing is a bit sluggish and some of the devil worship symbols laughable (dig the cartoon goat head "medallion" found by the police). Personally, I found other Lenzi-Baker thrillers like "Paranoia" (a.k.a. "Orgasmo") and "A Quiet Place to Kill" (a.k.a. "Paranoia"--confused yet?) a lot more hopping. Guess I prefer my giallos on the trashy side. Still, for fans of the genre, "Knife of Ice" is worth a look.


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