A 60's Turkish proto-giallo, who would've thought?
Well this one certainly qualifies as something of a curio. I haven't seen a lot of Turkish films so I really didn't know what to expect from this one. I guess its primary significance is that it's regarded as a Turkish giallo. And not only that but one that came out several years before that Italian sub-genre truly went into hyper-drive. So I am guessing you couldn't accuse this film of being too derivative of that genre. If you want to be more accurate you would label this as a Turkish take on the German Krimi. These German films influenced the giallo and while they were stylised they were a lot less menacing, more playful. And this film is no different, well that is as playful as a film about a necrophiliac rapist serial killer can be.
The story in a nutshell is about a psychopath who murders women. He wears a Halloween mask and monster gloves. His victim's first initials match the first letter of the district they are killed in.
I was surprised a little by the salacious plot line and the very westernised women in this one. I wrongly assumed that a film set in 60's Turkey would never allow this. Shows you what I know. The film itself is fun, if a little lacking in the thrills department. This makes it no different from Krimis in general. But I have to say that overall it's an entertaining enough cult item. If you are a keen student of left-field Euro cinema from the 60's you owe it to yourself to at least give this a try.
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