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The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972)

Sette scialli di seta gialla (original title)
A blind pianist tries to figure out who is responsible for a string of murders using a black cat with its claws dipped in curare.

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Peter Oliver
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Françoise Ballais
Giovanna Lenzi ...
Susan Leclerc (as Jeannette Len)
Renato De Carmine ...
Inspector Jansen
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ...
Victor Morgan (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
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Helga Schurn
Romano Malaspina ...
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Margot Thornhill
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A mysterious killer is murdering fashion models by using a black cat whose claws are dipped in curare. A composer, whose girlfriend was the first one to be killed, overhears a conversation by someone he believes may be the killer, but there's one complication--the composer is blind and couldn't see the suspected murderer. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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12 August 1972 (Italy)  »

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Seven Shawls of Yellow Silk  »

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Cat attack!
12 July 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A blind pianist overhears a suspicious conversation in a bar. Shortly afterwards his girlfriend is mysteriously murdered. This leads to a series of serial killings that have some connection to a fashion house.

The above synopsis is one that you could come up with if you were to toss a dozen giallo scripts in the air and see what random parts fall onto your head. In fact, this film borrows elements from several popular gialli from the time. Throw in adultery, blackmail, an enigmatic drug addict, lesbians, fashion models and dark secrets from the past and you have the makings of a typical effort. However, this movie does have some tricks up its sleeve to differentiate itself from all others. Chief amongst them being what is perhaps the most insane method of murder ever devised. I won't spoil it for first time viewers but it is truly deranged. In addition to this there is also a mind-bogglingly vicous shower murder that comes out of the blue and genuinely shocks. Further strangeness comes with the fact that the blind protagonist appears to be working on a score for Lucio Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. We see clips from this film on a couple of occasions, which is rather bizarre.

Everything is wrapped up at the end with an explanation that I found completely baffling. But, that's hardly a surprise in these flicks to be fair. At the end of the day, it couldn't be said that this is exactly a prime example of the genre. But it still remains entertainingly batty and does have some visual flair and some good set-pieces. It's unfortunate that the current legitimate DVD release appears to be a non-anamorphic copy of a VHS tape though. A better transfer would improve this one.


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