Friday, February 27, 2009

Cat O' Nine Tails (1971, Dario Argento)

After watching Four Flies on Grey Velvet, I knew I needed to see more of Argento's early work. I've been seeking out more giallo films and I figured this would be a good addition. This is Argento's second film as a director and second film in his "animal trilogy".

A blind man (Karl Malden) and his niece recognize a man at the scene of a top secret research lab break in shortly before he "falls" in front of a train. They go to a newspaper reporter, Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus), to see if they are sure the death was accidental. As it turns out, the death was no accident and soon everyone who tries to help solve the crime ends up dead. Can they solve the crime before they end up victims?

Cat O' Nine Tails fits in nicely with Argento's other early giallo films (Four Flies on Grey Velvet and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage). It keeps you guessing while adding lots of great characters and blood-soaked deaths. There are some slow parts in the second half but the first half of the film is excellent.


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