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Laid-back and eccentric Italian murder-mystery
Red-Barracuda26 May 2009
This little seen movie is a languid and laid-back giallo. It veers away from some of the cliché's of the genre and adopts a looser approach. It's about a woman searching for her missing lover; a psychiatrist who has suddenly vanished for no apparent reason. Her search leads her to a villa populated by a group of eccentric individuals. In true giallo style, murder is never far away.

The cast is really rather good. We have Aldofo Celi (Thunderball), Alida Valli (Suspiria), Horst Frank (Cat o' Nine Tails) and a very young Sybil Danning (80's scream queen). The lead actress is Rosemary Dexter, and while I am not familiar with her, she does a good job in leading the picture.

One of the defining features of Eye in the Labyrinth is its music. Atypically for a giallo it features a jazz-rock fusion soundtrack. This score, composed by Roberto Nicolosi, is reminiscent of Miles Davis, especially his work on In A Silent Way. It's an excellent soundtrack and really gives this movie a different feel than most gialli. The fusion groove accentuates the languid atmosphere and compliments the sunny, sea-front scenery that the film is mostly made up of.

This is a giallo so we really need to talk about the murder set-pieces. Well, this film falls a little short in this regard. It's certainly not devoid of them but they are few and far between. The opening dream-murder being probably the best on offer as well as a memorable burning car sequence. But this really isn't a particularly violent film. Still, I don't think it should disappoint too many seasoned fans of the genre. The mystery is fairly compelling and it has enough eccentric characters (the idiot boy Saro and THAT unsettlingly inappropriate dubbed accent?) and moments of the bizarre to satisfy; while the sleaze-factor is upheld with a smattering of nudity throughout.

Eye in the Labyrinth plays like a giallo version of an Agatha Christie mystery, as it features a group of unsympathetic characters in a villa, all under suspicion of murder; we have the obligatory flashbacks detailing their connections with the final hours of the (highly unsympathetic) murder victim. While this isn't a grade-A example of the genre, it's certainly an appealingly different one, as it doesn't borrow too heavily from other films of the sub-genre. For giallo enthusiasts I give this a thumbs up and hope one day it's given a nice DVD transfer. It certainly deserves the treatment.
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Occasionally slow-paced, this sun-drenched giallo has a great ending
Leofwine_draca10 July 2016
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An unpredictable giallo yarn from director Mario Caiano, who injects plenty of Italian style into his movie with unusual camera positions and music effective for the action. The opening stalk-and-slash sequence is truly artistic and easily rivals the more acclaimed work of director Dario Argento. However it's unwise to judge the rest of the film on this gory prologue because up until the ending there is no more gore to be had on offer. Instead, Caiano concentrates on plenty of shifty, mysterious characters, and lines his cast with some fine supporting actors. The plot is unpredictable throughout and takes in diverse elements such as a secret drug-dealing organisation, a mentally handicapped boy who unknowingly witnesses murder, rape, transvestites, psychology, and the expected macabre images with bodies popping out of the water etc.

The movie has an unusual backdrop in that a sun-bleached villa, full of people laying around bathing and relaxing, is the setting for the tortuous plot to play out rather than the usual grubby back streets of some nameless Italian seedy town. Every single character in the film is unusual and suspicious in some way or another and Caiano has assembled a more than adequate cast to flesh out the roles.

First up is the fragile Rosemary Dexter who is effective in her part as Julie, who begins the film as the lead protagonist and finds herself a victim of circumstances she cannot begin to explain; Dexter is an unknown to me but on the strength of her turn here it's a surprise she hasn't appeared in more Italian leading roles. Then we have the inimitable Adolfo Celi, who has a large role for a change and does very well in the part, as is to be expected with an actor of his skill and experience. The rest of the cast - or should I say 'suspects' features such familiar faces as Franco Ressel (TARZANA) as the sleazy character of 'Eugene'; Alida Valli (THE TEMPTER) as the harsh-faced owner of the villa, Greta; Euro-regular Horst Frank as the bullying psychiatrist boyfriend, Luca, and even an early appearance from later cult babe Sybil Danning.

One thing that does make this film above average for the genre is the twist ending, which is truly unusual and very cleverly done. I don't want to spoil it, only to say it's worth waiting for and difficult to predict. Although the film sometimes seems slow-paced and unfocused, it's worth sitting through to see the ending which goes on to make sense of everything. Oh, and it's worth watching for the eventual explanation of the title, which is both bizarre, blackly comic, and pretty horrific!
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"Everybody Seems Very Strange Here!"...
azathothpwiggins18 April 2019
Julie (Rosemary Dexter) wakes up from a nightmare to discover that her boyfriend, Luca (Horst Frank) has vanished. Setting out to find him, Julie's life becomes an adventure of mystery and intrigue, filled with danger.

EYE IN THE LABYRINTH is an unusual giallo with an odd atmosphere of paranoia. It's inhabited by a plethora of bizarre characters, including the magnificent Alida Valli (SUSPIRIA, INFERNO) as Gerda, Sybil Danning (THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES) as Toni, and Adolfo Celi (WHO SAW HER DIE?) as Frank. The viewer quickly gets the impression that a conspiracy is underway, but has no idea what is being covered up. The final revelation is a true shocker! EITL is well worth watching, if only for the sheer weirdness of it all...
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1972 was a great year for giallo!
BandSAboutMovies30 July 2018
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He middle of the night is dangerous business. You can awaken from a dream where your psychiatrist boyfriend is murdered only to find that he has disappeared. Then your life will seem like a waking nightmare, but only if you're Julie, the heroine of Eye of the Labyrinth.

Known for her appearance in a two-part episode of The Saint that was turned into the theatrical release Vendetta for the Saint, Marquis de Sade: Justine and The Shoes of the Fisherman, Rosemary Dexter plays Julie, whose search for Luca (Horst Frank, who also appeared with her in Marquis de Sade: Justine) takes her to a small seaside town. From the moment she knows he's been missing, people have been harassing her as to his whereabouts. Everything simply feels off.

When she gets there, she meets Frank (Adolfo Celi, Danger: Diabolik, Thunderball), who tells her that her boyfriend had been in town. Then there's Gerda (Alida Valli, Miss Tanner from Suspiria), whose house is full of artists with some level of ill repute, including a young Sybil Danning as Toni.

However, Julia keeps meeting people over and over who refuse to believe that they know her, which lends the film even more of a dreamlike quality. Is there a crime syndicate involved in every moment of her life? Is she in constant danger? Or has she simply gone insane? I'm not going to answer this all for you. You should drink it all in yourself.

This is a rare film financed by the city of Monaco (along with some German investments and stars). Mario Caiano (Nightmare Castle) was the director and he keeps things both mysterious and driving. There's also a great soundtrack by Roberto Nicolosi, who scored Black Sabbath and Black Sunday. It's a loungy, jazzy affair that adds verve to the proceedings.

Code Red released this film on blu-ray, the first time it was released in the U.S. It's worth tracking down, as it fits in well with plenty of the great giallo released in 1972 (The Case of the Bloody Iris, Don't Torture a Duckling, All the Colors of the Dark, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times), which was a banner year for black gloved killers and psychosexual drama.
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Crafty Little Giallo
shawnblackman26 September 2016
A woman searches for her missing boyfriend (who happens to be a psychiatrist) and ends up at a resort full of eclectic characters who could all be guilty of something. While the woman is there murders start happening.

This an early 70's giallo that stars the bad dude from Thunderball (1965) Adolfe Celi and a really young Sybil Danning who only has a bit part. This one is a real slow burner but it rocks. It keeps you wondering all the way through. More mystery than mayhem.

Of course my guess as to who did it was way wrong but then again I couldn't figure who the killer was in Friday the 13th Part 2 (he was masked ). Not a very violent giallo. The copy I seen was a third generation VHS transfer so maybe soon there will be a decent release. So if you are a fan of Italian giallos watch this one for sure.
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Very well made giallo
Udo22 September 1999
Giallo fans, seek out this rare film. It is well written, and full of all sorts of the usual low lifes that populate these films. I don't want to give anything away, so I wont even say anything about the plot. The whole movie creates a very bizarre atmosphere, and you don't know what to expect or who to suspect. Recommended! The only place I've seen to get this film in english is from European Trash Cinema, for $15.
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Great Giallo: please do not pay attention to some pretentious reviews
Alexander-Ross20 June 2013
This is truly (as most great Italian Giallo's of the time) one of a kind, little gem! Just look at the casting, dazzling cinematography (all strictly invented with class in a cold/blue colors palette, and, despite its Summery setting!), then of course all the sets, another class act per se, since they never feel conventional, but, always, rather mysterious, and, creepy, without ever being silly, though, or exceedingly over the top, if anything, created with newer and unconventional set directors, obviously working hard to make look everything so sleek and rather chic, and, then again, all make up, costumes, and, so on.. all details just coming together to create a bewildering composition, rich of inventions, and, i am thinking, certainly making so fiercely the most, out of a shoe string budget, finally proudly achieving, while fully succeeding in delivering a straight - to the Silver Screen (let's not forget that main point also, and that is the fact these movies were actually going wide screen, in Cinemas back then, since, i mean, we had of course no video's, DVD's, pay-per-view, or streaming, at the time!)- very good product, never less than compelling! And, not only professional, but, very enjoyable, gripping, and, even somewhat, 'personal', in this particular case, i thought! Ah, I truly only wish Cinema in this lamer than lame 2010's decade, had really only a half of the virtues, you may find in here! Truly. The plot is intriguing, puzzling, disturbing, and.. never or rarely, plausible, but, then again, who wanted to go to the movies to point fingers on stretches of plausibility, while enjoying a movie like this one, back then? Nobody: they just wanted to be fascinated, entertained, and, slowly, but surely lured, and, brought into a World they had heard of, or might have imagined or lusted: this is a privileged world belonging exclusively to a certain upper class, and, more precisely, a colorful and erratic group of folks, all linked by some truly sleazy sexual habits, and a fondness for betrayal, while always cheating reality in favor of money, or other even more ambitiously cruel plots and sub plots! Mario Caiano confirms himself immediately (after a decade spent as an Assistant Director, or Production or Script Supervisor, proving that a career is always best, when built over strong premises, such as, an on set preparation, and with legit foundations over a rigorous camera's technique!) as a solid director with this very movie, that has an almost profound visual sense, and, for sure, an appreciation for morbid and conceptual stylization, without certainly lacking of a visionary, and (then) what must have felt as a terribly innovative grip (I remind you again this was shot in the Fall of 1971!) for story telling, and, it is too bad that later, Caiano was not always offered or granted to direct as freely as he is doing here! Would also like to add that, even though, always have been a big fan of Morricone/Nicolai's classic Giallo's scores, i still loved the music here, also: a very atmospheric, very dark, nourish Miles Davis sound, although, most of all, for me, the winner here is truly the whole visual composition, again, that is just exquisite for the most part, and, to say the least! The cast is also a treat, with great Rosemary Dexter, leading, and, with quite a powerful presence, an awesome ensemble of supporters, such as, legend (Alida)Valli (she was already divine as the lead of Hitchcock's hypnotic "The Paradine Case" in 1948, and of Reed's "The Third Man" in 1949, but, also, of Visconti's art house masterpiece "Senso", in 1955, and she truly had an International career that very few other stars could compete with: just look her up!) , and with the always excellent presence of great Adolfo Celi, of course, and one of the beauties is the always sublime, wildly sexy, Sybil Danning, less campy here, but in a way, even in a smaller role, still almost more interesting than her most famous "American" movies. And, a bravo also to all other numerous thespians, of course! These were truly all good actors, but, also gifted with great and unusual presences, faces,looks, moods.. Not like in films today where everyone looks like a Bank's clerk! And i wanna ask all clerks to forgive me, of course, but, it's just an obviously non personal, and, non extremely correct way of saying, i am just trying to stress here, on a point that is very important, people: back then, some movies were so much more rewarding, because all actors had looks, some extraordinary if not, at least, unusual virtues, and, unique or pretty or weird features, in order to interest, and, intrigue, and, to make you care more, about their characters, while, of course always also being watchable, and, i would even say here way more than watchable! All together,"L'Occhio nel Labirinto" is finally a terrific, if slightly unusual, Giallo, definitely showcasing successfully way more personal visuals, and, unsettling tones, which i very much admired thoroughly, and, that, for me, at least, made up exactly for what was at times lacking a bit, from the script, not always of first hand, but, still compelling for the Genre's standards!!! PS: Sorry, but was irate when reading some reviews that were left a few years ago,but, if you are here because you like Giallo's, just get the movie - if you are into this wonderful genre, again, and, if you love Euro, and, Italian films from that wonderful, unforgettable time of creativity and inventions, that were producing ultimately even great B fun movies to watch, such as this one! - just get on it! But, if you wanna be an intellectual you are on the wrong title, and, you should truly know it! OK? Just saying..
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Goofy but fun
lazarillo30 November 2007
This is a giallo that like "In the Folds of Flesh" released a year or so earlier, combines the traditional giallo formula with the kind of "pop"-Freudian nonsense that was big at the time in Europe especially, resulting in a movie that is pretty goofy but fun. A young woman (Rosemary Wilcox) is haunted by pop-Freudian dreams of her recently murdered psychologist (and lover), so for some reason she goes to a resort where the psychologist liked to hang out and becomes involved with a gangster (Adolf Celli) and the strange female resort owner (Alida Valli). Soon more murders occur involving the other guests at the resort, and it's not too hard to guess who is responsible.

The ridiculous portrayal of psychoanalysis in this movie makes even Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" look realistic, but personally I find this kind of preposterous psychobabble, unbelievable plot twists, and bizarro dream sequences far more entertaining than most of your more realistic "psychological thrillers". There's also some solid acting talent involved here, especially Alida Valli and Adolf Celli as the two most obvious viallians. Lead Rosemary Dexter was originally casts as "Justine" in the Jess Franco film of the same name, but she was replaced American daughter-of-a-name actress Romina Powers, which is unfortunate because she proves here to be an infinitely better actress than Powers--and she gets naked a lot too. And speaking of getting naked, a young Sybil Danning also has a supporting role as a murder victim, pretty much doing what she always does in movies. (As with Linnae Quigley, I find Danning's early work much more interesting in that it is not ENTIRELY an excuse to show off her impressive nude torso).

This isn't one of the best giallo. And if you either hate Freud, on one hand, or take him very seriously, on the other, you may not like it too much. Generally though, I would recommend it.
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If you're into old school Italian horror movies this one is a lot of fun
kevin_robbins2 May 2021
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Eye in the Labyrinth (1972) is an Italian horror movie that is available for free on Tubi. The storyline is about a woman looking for her significant other. She ends up in a remote town with no hotels or inn so she stays at an eccentric resort (and takes lots of random nude swims, not sure why per se). Shortly after she arrives murders start happening around the resort. This movie is directed by Mario Caiano (Milano violenta) and stars Rosemary Dexter (Blow Hot, Blow Cold), Adolfo Celi (Thunderball), Horst Frank (Albino) and Sybil Danning (Halloween). First off this cast/acting, the setting, and the cinematography of Tuscany, Italy are all outstanding. This film is so fun to watch unfold. The nude bathing scene where she swims to the resort was so random as were a lot of the main character's reactions to certain circumstances; however, the ending was great as was how the story comes together. If you're into old school Italian horror movies this one is a lot of fun. Feels almost like the old bond films. I'd score this a solid 8/10.
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Confusing stuff! But it's not bad.
The_Void28 October 2007
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Eye in the Labyrinth is not your average Giallo...and to be honest, I'm not really sure that it really is a Giallo; but Giallo or not, despite some problems, this is certainly a very interesting little film. I'm hesitant to call it a Giallo because the film doesn't feature most of the things that make these films what they are; but many genre entries break the mould, and this would seem to be one of them. The film doesn't feature any brutal murders as many Giallo's do, but this is made up for with a surreal atmosphere and a plot just about confusing enough to remain interesting for the duration. The plot seems simple enough in that it focuses on a doctor who is murdered by Julie, his patient who, for some reason, she sees him as her lover and father and is offended when he walks out on her. We then relocate to a big house lived in by a number of people, but nothing is really what it seems as there are a number of secrets surrounding various events that happened before Julie's arrival...

The film seems to be professing something about how the mind is like a labyrinth. This never really comes off, and I preferred to just sit back and enjoy what was going on rather than worrying about what point (if any) the film is trying to make. Eye in the Labyrinth is directed by Mario Caiano, the director behind the excellent Night of the Doomed some years earlier. He doesn't create the atmosphere as well in this film as he did in the earlier one; but the surreal aspects of the story come off well, and the mystery is always kept up which stops the film from becoming boring. The film stars Rosemary Dexter, who provides eye candy throughout and also delivers a good performance. Most of the rest of the cast aren't really worth mentioning, with the exceptions of Adolfo Celi, who is good as the villain of the piece and Alida Valli, whom cult fans will remember from a whole host of excellent cult flicks. The film does explain itself at the end; which is lucky as I'm sure I'm not the only viewer who was more than a little confused by then! Overall, this may not be classic stuff; but its good enough and worth seeing.
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Villa of the super Moochers
Bezenby10 November 2017
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This one begins interestingly enough with a bleeding Horst Frank being chased around a strange building before getting repeatedly stabbed in the back. This however turns out to be a nightmare, suffered by his girlfriend Julie. Horst does not appear to be in bed when she wakes up, and Julie jumps rather quickly to the conclusion that he's gone missing.

He's not at the loony bin where he works as a psychiatrist either, so Julie follows clues that lead her to a strange town where someone tries to kill her almost right away, and a kind old man (Adolfo Celi) takes her under his wing…before trying to put the moves on her in an orphanage! Adolfo does say that Horst probably went to a villa on the coast where a lot of strange, artistic types are living. This sounds like a set up for a run of the mill giallo where a bunch of weirdos get the life jabbed out of them, but in this film things tend to move in strange directions.

Well, they are weirdos, however. In charge seems to be Greta, who has a heroin addicted toy boy who lounges about all day, then there's Franco Ressell seemingly playing Andrew McKenzie of the Hafler Trio, going around all taking with a tape recorder making field recordings, and then there's Sybil Danning, who likes to take pictures of everyone's feet, and last of all there's a thespian couple, and if you think something ain't quite right about the wife, then you sir, are correct.

The thing is, everyone denies that Horst was ever there, but then Franco has a field recording of Horst talking, Sybil has a picture of Horst's scarred hand, and if he really, really wasn't there, why is his car in the garage? Someone's hiding something and perhaps only the strange kid/man painter guy who likes to spy on the ladies may hold the key. It also transpires that Horst may have been a jerk of the highest order too.

Mainly what everyone does is lie about sunbathing, so maybe it was too hot for an all out massacre. There is however a neatly unfolding mystery that doesn't rely on set-piece kills to keep things moving. Adolfo Celi (the bad guy from the Bond film Thunderball) stands out here as the seemingly passive old man who is smarter than everyone else involved, but maybe not as smart as he thinks. The version I watched also had the loudest 'sawing a head off' noise I've ever heard in a film – surely that was put in for a laugh?

Lead actress Rosemary Dexter does quite well too, but doesn't seem to have acted in too much else. Director Mario Caiano would trash things up a bit for his next film with the kung fu/western hybrid the Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe!
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If Freud would write Gialli screenplays ...
Coventry25 December 2008
I can't but concur wholeheartedly with pretty much everything that my fellow reviewer Lazarillo already wrote in his user-comment. "Eye in the Labyrinth" is an Italian Giallo that literally thrives on Freudian psycho-sexual gibberish, and if you don't "believe" in Sigmund Freud's analytical theories, chances are that you won't enjoy this movie for one bit. Personally I'm not a big supporter of psychology, but I do fancy everything which concerns early 70's and obscure Italian cult cinema so I still could at least moderately enjoy this film. The plot introduces Julie, an emotionally troubled young girl who starts her own private investigation in search for her psychiatrist that went missing. The trail leads to a fancy resort where her beloved doctor threw perverted sex parties and ran a whole lot of other illegal affairs. Julie gradually becomes entangled in a web of mystery, hallucinations and dead end clues, but still there's no trace of Louis the psychiatrist. As the plot of "Eye in the Labyrinth" slowly unfolds, the film raises confusion instead of to clarifying the events and it actually requires an extended monologue at the end in order to tie all the loose ends together. The denouement is fairly logical and acceptable, but it's definitely a whole lot of senseless nonsense and – as said – you need to switch on your Freudian mindset. "Eye in the Labyrinth" contains relatively few violence or imaginative murder sequences (with the notable exception of one fantastic burning-car moment) in comparison with most Italian Gialli of that period, but there's plentiful of sleaze and nudity to compensate. For example, a still very young Sybil Danning makes an appearance as one of the random topless murder victims and her presence alone forms a nice extra treat for avid cult purchasers.
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For when you've no more Argentos to watch.
BA_Harrison13 May 2018
Having seen well over 60 gialli thus far, including the majority of the more celebrated films in the genre, I now find myself sifting through the less well-known titles in the hope of finding an obscure gem. Eye in the Labyrinth doesn't quite fit the bill, the film far too light on elaborately staged killings to be wholly satisfying, but it does deliver an intriguing mystery with a reasonable twist, and plenty of skin from some very attractive women (including a young Sybil Danning), making it a giallo worth seeking out once you've exhausted the usual suspects.

Brunette beauty Rosemary Dexter plays Julie, whose search for her missing lover Luca leads her to a luxurious villa, home to a group of eccentric individuals who know more about Luca than they are letting on. As Julie investigates, she finds herself in mortal danger; will she survive long enough to discover the truth? To writer/director Mario Caiano's credit, I didn't figure out the twist until moments before the reveal, meaning that I was hooked throughout despite the relaxed approach and lack of gore (having said that, the flashback at the end is nice and gruesome, with a really squishy decapitation).

6.5/10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.
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Enjoyable psychological thriller/giallo effort
kannibalcorpsegrinder13 April 2019
Worried about her missing friend, a woman sets out to find him which takes her to an island getaway populated by a strange woman and her bohemian-like friends, yet when she begins to look deeper into the mystery a series of troubling actions against her threatens to expose a deadly secret.

This was an enjoyable enough giallo. One of the more intriguing areas involved with the film is the strong psychological implications thrust into it. As this one tends to unravel its mystery, which starts out strongly due to the stylish murder, the focus on the search behind it when it's discovered that was a dream drives the film along. The search through the remote village full of hostile eyes and uncooperative locals or the search through the abandoned building to the tactics employed to torture her mentally on the journey which is all tied together with the background dealings at the villa that give this one an engrossing psychological horror bent that comes together incredibly well. Once this setup has been accomplished, the action picks up considerably in the second half. Although not conducted in the usual manner, it's got some fine setpieces here including her being locked in a garage with a car's exhaust turned on, a later attack on a rocky beach as a mysterious figure shoots at her with a spear gun and a wild car ride leading into a fiery finale for all involved. Even other attacks and fight scenes here provide this with some fine energy going into the finale where everything is finally revealed which causes this one to come away with a rather shocking twist. Carrying out a gruesome and grisly act that really turns this on its head with the psychological ramifications about her mindset that gives this a lot to like overall as this holds the film up. There are a few flaws to the film. One of the biggest issues here is the incredibly convoluted and overwrought storyline that really makes no sense. While it starts off simple enough, there's far too much going on elsewhere at the villa to really sustain interest as the dealings with the bizarre painting or the different flashbacks between the various guests at the villa detailing their connection to the incidents which complicates matters. The continuous attacks on her at the villa are merely distractions that don't have any real logic behind them, a common trope of the film as nearly everything that happens here really undoes this one. Others may also be put off by the lack of traditional action here, yet these aren't enough to hold it back.

Rated Unrated/R: Violence, Nudity and Language.
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Solid giallo
mrosesteed3 February 2019
Stuffed with Italian giallo genre conventions and narrative tropes, Eye in the Labyrinth is nevertheless a solid and intriguing thriller with a good payoff. Many of the horror elements do not surface until the final exposition when the artistic stylization of the film is at its peak. During this climactic finale, jarring editing and prominent post-production sound enhance the disturbing plot and mild onscreen gore.
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I'm so embarrassed to write this...
RodrigAndrisan26 February 2017
This "film" is so exciting stupid, that it's hard, I have no words to express, to describe the horror. Not the horror in the film, but the horror of this production. But look that slowly I realize to find the words to tell you that this is more than a waste of time, it is even an offense to the idea of cinema itself. But as anyone with some money and with a camera can make a movie, it can happen that the result be exactly what Mr. Mario Caiano did. Poor Rosemary Dexter, she has nothing in common with acting, she's so false in everything she does. Adolfo Celi, great great actor wasted in a throwaway production. Sometime, Alida Valli(very beautiful when she was young) was herself a great and very prolific talent. In other people's films(Carol Reed, Alfred Hitchcock, Michelangelo Antonioni, Gillo Pontecorvo, Luchino Visconti...) Horst Frank was too a charming actor, specialized in interpretations of villains, also in other people's films. That's it, nothing more!
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Nothing special -- a disappointment
tonijunyent30 October 2004
I got this film from a private collector and was very curious about it. It had a 7,8 in IMDb (9 votes only) and some external comments were pleasant. But I have to say that it is a very usual and uninteresting giallo. Yes, great cinematography, the film is well directed, but it never freaked me out. It starts well, but although it not bored me at all, the story is so ordinary and the things that occur so normal, that I didn't like it very much.

You can make a few laughs. And you can see some little tits. But if you like the kind of giallos I like (bizarre, surreal, nonsenseful, gory, atmospheric, brutal murders...) you won't appreciate much this film.

I give it a 4 for the good directing and editing, and the final twists, that make the film entertaining. But it could be much better.
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Quirky yet Compelling
acidburn-1017 August 2022
'Eye in the Labyrinth' is a surreal yet glossy giallo offering from director Mario Caiano that doesn't have the usual structure that the genre usually has due to its mind-bending plot that progresses in a dream-like fashion and its odd ambiguous nature, but I found this rather quirky and enjoyable as it delves more into psychological thriller than horror with enough craziness going on to sustain interest.

The plot follows a young woman Julie (Rosemary Dexter) whose boyfriend Luca (Horst Frank) disappears for no apparent reason and sets out to find him and ends up at a villa in Italy which is populated by a group of eccentric characters including the owner Gerda (Alida Valli) and soon enough strange things begin to happen.

The movie's premise is utterly compelling and the mystery element is engrossing enough to keep your interest throughout with an array of interesting characters, tight direction and stunning picturesque cinematography where at times it employs a distorting quality which gives the film a nightmarish atmosphere. Although there are a few flaws such as the storyline does tend to spiral in different directions at times and does come across as a bit overwrought and some of the events at the villa doesn't seem to have any logic to them, especially when everything's revealed at the end. But those are just minor and nowhere near enough to ruin my enjoyment of this flick.

Overall 'Eye in the Labyrinth' is a great giallo flick, not quite up there with some of the more classics of the genre, but a solid effort nonetheless and definitely worth a watch.
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mmthos11 November 2021
This is a cheat from the first frame. Unforgivable red herrings that make it impossible for the viewer to determine who the killer is. Beyond that, the only reason to watch is the very attractive cast, but anyone can find a better 70's horror mystery with pretty pulchritude. After an hour and a half, very disappointing. .
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