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Release Date:
March 1979 (USA) See more »
A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
Writing credits
Lucio Fulci (story & screenplay) &
Roberto Gianviti (story & screenplay) &
Dardano Sacchetti (story & screenplay)

Produced by
Franco Cuccu .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Franco Bixio  (as Bixio)
Fabio Frizzi  (as Frizzi)
Vince Tempera  (as Tempera)
Cinematography by
Sergio Salvati (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli 
Art Direction by
Luciano Spadoni 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Makeup Department
Maurizio Giustini .... makeup artist
Antonio Maltempo .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Carlo Cucchi .... production supervisor
Franco Cuccu .... production manager
Roberto Cocco .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
Art Department
Goffredo Massetti .... props
Roberta Tomassetti .... assistant set designer
Sound Department
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Anthony La Penna .... dubbing editor: English version (as Tony La Penna)
Renato Marinelli .... sound effects
Alfonso Montesanti .... boom operator
Raul Montesanti .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Luciano Adiutori .... still photographer
Franco Bruni .... camera operator
Claudio Farinelli .... assistant camera
Alfredo Fedeli .... chief electrician
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Luciano Micheli .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen Pericolo .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Mario D'Ambrosio .... assistant editor
Bruno Micheli .... assistant editor
Music Department
Franco Bixio .... composer: "With You" (as Bixio)
Fabio Frizzi .... composer: "With You" (as Frizzi)
Linda Lee .... singer: "With You"
Vince Tempera .... composer: "With You" (as Tempera)
Vince Tempera .... conductor
Norberto Gil Ventura .... composer: theme music (as Gil Ventura)
Other crew
Rita Agostini .... script supervisor
Marco Giannoni .... production secretary
Roberto Penna .... administrator
Roberto Penna .... production accountant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sette note in nero" - Italy (original title)
"Death Tolls Seven Times" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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95 min | USA:90 min
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Factual errors: The opening sequence set in Dover England, and Florence Italy at the exact same time show the time set as 11:45. Continental Europe is one hour ahead of the British Isles time zone in which the time in Florence should read 12:45.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly Haunting Fulci Giallo, 1 September 2009
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Often nicknamed the 'Godfather of Gore', cult-director Lucio Fulci is doubtlessly most famous for his gruesome Zombie films. The man's greatest achievements, however, are (in my humble opinion), his comparatively gore-less, but spine-chilling and extremely elegant Gialli from the 70s. After the brilliant "Non Si Sevizia Un Paperino" (aka. "Don't Torture A Duckling", 1972), which I would name as one of the top-5 Gialli of all-time, "Sette Note In Nero" aka. "Seven Notes in Black"/"Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes" of 1977 is a close second on my list of the greatest Fulci films, and it also ranks among the true greats of the Giallo genre in general.

As a child, the clairvoyant Virginia has a vision of her mother's suicide at the very moment of its occurrence. As an adult, Virginia (Jennifer O'Neill), who has recently married the wealthy Francesco Ducci (Gianni Garko) continues to have menacing visions. One day, she has the disturbing vision of a gruesome murder, in which a woman is being walled in...

I do not want to go deeper into the plot, because this brilliant film is filled with clever twists from the very beginning. "Seven Notes in Black" contains no sleaze and hardly any gore, but has an incredibly intriguing and suspenseful plot containing ingenious red herrings and unpredictable plot twists, and is filmed in an incredibly beautiful yet unspeakably creepy visual style. While the film includes little blood and only very few gruesome scenes, the suspense-level is extremely high and intense, and the mystery is maintained until the very end. A fascinating plot, a truly haunting atmosphere and uncanny visual style make this one of the most tantalizing Giallo-experiences ever brought to screen. The score is another insanely brilliant aspect about "Seven Notes in Black" - Seldom is a soundtrack as successful in building up tension, and beautiful to listen to at the same time. Especially the haunting 'Seven Black Notes' theme is incredible; I'm sure Quentin Tarantino had good reasons to re-use it for "Kill Bill". The performances are also very good. The ravishing Jennifer O'Neill is great as the original and likable protagonist Virginia. The biggest name in the cast is doubtlessly Gianni Garko, who is most famous as star of many Spaghetti Westerns, and who delivers another great performance here. However, all cast members (many of them Italian Horror regulars) fit greatly in their roles. Overall, I can not come up with a single negative aspect about this film. "Sette Note in Nero" is incredibly suspenseful, genuinely creepy, extremely elegant and simply brilliant in all regards. No lover of Italian Horror can possibly afford to miss this tantalizing Giallo-gem, which is yet another proof that Fulci was a Horror-genius! 9.5/10

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