Ruthless serial killer uses a set-square to murder women. Crimes are investigated by Public Prosecutor Rita Facino but is confronted by strange behavior of people desperate to use the case ...
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Ruthless serial killer uses a set-square to murder women. Crimes are investigated by Public Prosecutor Rita Facino but is confronted by strange behavior of people desperate to use the case to further their own ends. Nicole is a lesbian has-been singer pretends to get death threats while the media go mad with speculation. Written by
The first attempt since the millennium to resurrect the Giallo was Dario Argento's hugely successful Sleepless, which not only goes down as a successful attempt to resurrect the genre but also as one of the best genre films period. This attempt by director Pierfrancesco Campanella came a couple of years later and, despite being heavily flawed, does at least somewhat count as a noteworthy genre entry. The director obviously has some affinity to the genre for his willingness to cast some of it's stars; people such as Florinda Bolkan (Don't Torture a Duckling) and Franco Nero (The Fifth Cord) and he's also served up a plot straight out of the Giallo playbook. We focus on a block of flats that has come under attack from a killer who slaughters his victim with a set square (of all things). The police find a girl murdered and it's not long before another body turns up, although the detective on the case is not happy to link the murders together despite the similar modi operandi and it soon becomes apparent that there's more than one psycho on the loose!
The film's main problems are, without doubt, the script and the acting. The dialogue is extremely trite and at times positively stupid; while the acting is sometimes so wooden that it's almost unbelievable and not only does this bring the quality of the film down, it also harms the credibility as it's hard to really care about the characters. It's a shame too because the plot here is really well worked and clever and could certainly have made for a good Giallo with better handling. The director does seem keen to make the film as sleazy as possible and we've got some very bloody sexual violence as well as a lesbian subplot. The cast is mostly made up of females, and a strange casting choice comes in the form of Eva Robin's; a transsexual who some may remember as having a small part in Argento's masterpiece Tenebre. The main point of interest for Giallo fans will be Florinda Bolkan, who is actually rather good as a weird artist. Franco Nero's part is small and I'm thankful for that as his character is not good to say the least. It all boils down to a good conclusion and while the film's problems are simply too much at times; this is still a film worth seeing.
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