Review: Knife of Ice (1972)

Animal cruelty, satanic cults, horny doctors and child murders. And this is a mild approach from the usually brute director.

dvd“KNIFE OF ICE”(Il coltello di ghiaccio)
1972
Giallo
Italy

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Carroll Baker, Alan Scott, Ida Galli
Distributor: Wham USA
Runtime: 91 mins
DVD REGION 1

“Fear is a knife of ice wich penetrates the senses down to the depth of conscience”

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Martha Caldwell got mute after witnessing her parents die in a train crash long ago. She’s living with her uncle when her cousin, the singer, comes visiting. She gets killed. And it looks like a satanic cult is connected to another murder. More girls get killed, and it seems likely that Martha will be next.

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A fine Giallo with surprisingly little in the sleaze and violence department (especially from this director). It’s more a combination of film-noir and what could remind you of an episode of Columbo. It’s filled with “red herrings” (murder suspects) and some wooden performances. The story is a bit thin. Still it keeps a good pace, and delivers a nice twist at the ending.

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