Solid and stylish giallo murder mystery, delivering all the necessary twists, visual flair, and offbeat characters. A prime example of its genre and great entertainment for fans of Italian exploitation. Great score by Ennio Morricone.
I rewatched this because I'd heard so many people claim it was a superior giallo. Once again I was left shaking my head. Like many giallos, it's a painfully slow detective case that tries to distract you from how damn plodding the script is with a bevy of naked flesh. Somehow Claudine Auger looks like she's aged 10 years since 65's "Thunderball." Even the Ennio Morricone score fills ill-appropriate for the film.
35mm. 2,6. Pretty women killed by a frustrated man... it feels like a remake of Bava's superior "Sei donne per l'assassino" (1964). There's even a murder happening in a closed store full of dolls, like in Bava's film with the assassination in the collector's house, full of statues, colours, and accessories.
Weak predictable giallo. Even Ennio Morricone's musical score is bad. The relation between the tarantula's death and the wictims of the serial killer is merely gratuitous and doesn't bring anything to the story. A big disappointment.
A nice, overtly stylish start if you want to look into the giallo genre. Even if it's a bit tedious, gialli ARE style-over-substance...well, almost by definition. Beautiful ladies are killed by a masked killer with strange methods. All this in very fashionable interiors, lush photography and some of Italy's most beautiful 70s assets (Buchet, Bach and Auger!). 3 stars out of 5. LOVED IT!
The part that doctor mentioned about paranoid-schizophrenia is perfectly matching with the theory of projective identification by Klein and Freudian transformation of inner perceptions to the external objects.
The man(dummy) falling from the roof and smashing his(it's) head on the windows was great. Other than that, and the cute kitty, this giallo is pretty boring, Morricone's score wasn't even all that good for the most part.