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The choppy editing made this jarring to watch at times. Within a split-second of a character finishing their line of dialogue we cut to another scene. There is also a waste of a rather distinguished actor - Donald Pleasance, while a legend, seemed to old for this role. The plot left me unimpressed as well - by the end of the movie the rapidly-aging killer was so decrepit, his ability to physically harm anyone seemed implausible. At least we get Edwige Fenech, who was still ravishing by this point. You also get to see some sort-of ninjas, which later leads to an always welcome decapitation. I'd skip this one, and watch some giallo from the golden-age, like 'Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key' or 'The Case of the Bloody Iris'.
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