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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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Another excellent Giallo offering from the great Lucio Fulci! See more (30 total) »


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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 »
Movie Connections:
Remade as 100 Days (1991)See more »
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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Another excellent Giallo offering from the great Lucio Fulci!, 9 May 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Murder to the Tune of Seven Black Notes is the last of Fulci's pre-gore flick Giallo's, and it has to be said that it's the lowest quality of the bunch. That, however, is more down to the fact that the others are such brilliant films rather a shortfall with this one. Having already done straight murderers with A Lizard in Woman's Skin and Don't Torture a Duckling, Fulci has resorted to a supernatural plot line for his fourth Giallo feature and the plot draws its mystery and intrigue from it. Fulci has taken influence from the more psychological Giallo films made before this one, as well as a plentiful helping of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat". The plot kicks off properly with the uncovering of a skeleton inside the walls of a villa belonging to the husband of our young lady protagonist. Clairvoyance is the reason for finding the skeleton, and naturally it isn't long before the husband is put under suspicion for the murder given that the body was uncovered inside his house; and he finds himself on the inside when it turns out that the body belonged to one of his ex-lovers...

Despite the fact that this film serves as something of a prelude to the latter half of Fulci's career, there is a surprising lack of blood and guts, and this film isn't even as gory as the earlier Don't Torture a Duckling. Fulci presents his plot with a surprising amount of restraint, and doesn't even take the opportunity to show a heavily decomposed corpse as he did in the largely gore-less One on Top of the Other over a decade earlier. While the plot itself does serve up intrigue, it has to be said that it's a little too bare to cover the running time properly. The suspense is there throughout, but Fulci's script certainly could have benefited from adhering a little more to the common convoluted Giallo plot. The technical side of the film makes up for this shortfall, however, as Fulci's use of the camera is excellent and he continually presents a morbid and foreboding atmosphere, particularly inside the central villa location. The tension mounts as we approach the ending, and Murder to the Tune of Seven Black Notes boils down to a satisfyingly macabre - if a little abrupt - conclusion. This film may not be Fulci's best Giallo attempt, and it is liable to disappoint fans of his later, bloodier films; but if you like your atmospheres grim and your plots suspenseful; Fulci's fourth Giallo comes recommended.

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