The Cat O' Nine Tails (1971)

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Genres: Giallo, Psychological Thriller, Thriller, Whodunit
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Dario Argento Dario Argento
James Franciscus James Franciscus
Karl Malden Karl Malden
Catherine Spaak Catherine Spaak
Pier Paolo Capponi Pier Paolo Capponi
Horst Frank Horst Frank

6.8 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Christopher
Added: April 05, 2004
Franco (Karl Malden) the blind puzzle maker, use to be a news reporter before he went blind. That was his reason to obtain the services of Carlo (James Franciscus), the tenacious reporter. After the first two killings took place and the cops were unsuccessful in finding a killer, Franco and Carlo took it upon themselves to solve it. The closer they get to solving the mystery, the more their lives are in danger as the killer continues to try and get rid of the two. Carlo jumps to conclusions very quickly each time another clue is found, and ends up being wrong, until the killer willingly shows themself, which leads to a final battle with Franco.

Karl Malden did an excellent job acting blind. He took care of his young niece, which helped him along with almost everything and added to the reality factor. James Franciscus played that of your average, smart ass reporter. He too did a fine job. Most of the killings were done with brute force. Hitting the victim with something repeatedly, strangling them, what have you. Blood was shown where it was needed. There wasn't any non-believable amounts of blood going everywhere, which worked out excellently.

Argento's directing skills really shined through. Not just with the acting and such, but mostly with the camera angles. For example, whenever the killer was shown doing something, nothing of the killer would be shown. If they went and reached something off of a table, the only thing shown was the item coming off the table. The same happened whenever someone was killed or dragged off some where. More directors should grab onto, it certainly made this film work out very well.

Final Conclusion: 7/10
Nirrad #1: Nirrad - added 11/15/2008, 11:59 AM
I was finally able to finish this movie late last night. Excellent giallo that keeps you guessing until the end. Definitely in my top 5 Argento films.
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