In a small Scottish village, horribly murdered bodies keep turning up. Suspicion falls upon the residents of a nearby castle that is haunted by a curse involving a killer cat. —IMDb
Antonio Margheriti (19 September 1930 – 4 November 2002), also known under the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson, was a prolific Italian filmmaker. He was born in Rome and died in 2002 from a heart attack in Monterosi, Viterbo, near Rome at the age of 72.
Margheriti started out in the Italian film industry in 1956 as a screenwriter. He started directing in 1960, his first film being “Assignment Outer Space”. Margheriti is known for his science fiction, horror, spaghetti western and action movies. He was the director of such cult movies as Cannibal Apocalypse, Castle of Blood, The Virgin of Nuremberg, Assignment Outer Space, Wild Wild Planet, Naked You Die, Mr. Super Invisible, The Last Hunter, Battle of the Worlds and numerous others. Most of his films were directed under the pseudonym of Anthony M. Dawson. He stopped using his real name in the USA early in his career, when he realized the English translation of the name “Antonio Margheriti” was “Anthony Daisies”, and he thought it… read more
Average (or below) example of the gialli (though it's more gothic than yellow). Birkin and Gainsbourg could be inspired casting if the story wasn't so plodding. Margheriti's shot selection does sometimes keep the story *visually* interesting, but the script and staging lack any sense of tension or suspense or anything. And the inclusion of goofy elements like a man in an orangutan suit (?!?!) just make it a chore.