Those Italians and their movies about female neurosis…
Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Letícia Román, John Saxon, Valentina Cortese
Runtime: 86 mins
BLU RAY REGION B
“Don’t kill me! I didn’t see anything!”
A young American secretary travels to Rome only to witness death and murder. Did the murder she witness happen, or did it not? Nobody believes her, but then she stumbles upon some traces after a serial-killer who murder women after their surname. Letter A-B-C is all dead, and the secretary’s name starts with a D.
Considered as the first of the sub-genre “Giallo”. Bava made a well directed (as usual…yes I’m a big fan…) hommage to Hitchcock, but with his own distinct fingerprint of style and terror. And what a catchy theme song… A very nice and cozy Giallo, that’s got a nod to crime books by Edgar Wallace and Agatha Christie. It’s got some fine and memorable scenes and cinematography. Shot in black and white. It’s pretty straight forward for a Bava flick. Good film, but his next Giallo feature film, “Blood and Black Lace” (1964) is to prefer, that’s a masterpiece.
Arrow again with a blasting 3-disc feature, with two different version of the film, audio-commentary by Bava autobiographer Tim Lucas, interviews, booklet and more.