I am so surprised this Americanized Argento-y 70's timecapsule isn't more heralded with a cast that includes Brad Dourif, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Auberjonois and queen of the crazy eyes-Faye Dunaway! I guessed the killer early but the murderous visions reminded me of a lost DePalma offering.
Stylistically appealing to look at, but there's only so much damsel-in-distress histrionics I can take, especially since you know whodunnit from the moment you hear the culprit's first lines. When there's a homicidal nut in your home, perhaps you should go for the gun first, not the rotary phone that you already failed to dial once before. One might call it natural selection, not serial killing.
This film is not only fascinating and seventies, it's a true rainy afternoon thriller like I would enjoy as a kid. Exciting at every moment, and so "made for tv" no vanity necessary. My father always loved this film, and told me about it many times but couldn't remember the title.
Ein wunderbarer, spannender Film!! Zusammen mit Peeping Tom und Klute würde dieser Streifen ein grandioses Tripple-Feature ergeben. Die Bilder sind toll und das Ensemble gut aufgelegt. Zum Ende hin zeigen sich einige inhaltliche Schwächen, was dem Sehvergnügen aber nur kleine Kratzer beschert. Wirklich unterhaltsam! 6/10
There are many of good reasons, why you can enjoy this underrated, but surprisingly well-made contribution of New-Hollywood: 1 J. Carpenter worte the story. U recognize it by the Carpenterske atmosphere. 2 It's indeed fascinating to see the works of Helmut Newton. 3 If "Blow up" (1966, Antonioni) is one of the most well-known cinematic media-reflection from 1960s, this movie should be the one from 1970s.