The Cat O'Nine Tails
Directed by Dario Argento
In Dario Argento’s fearsome follow-up to THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, a blind man (Karl Malden) and a reporter (James Franciscus) investigate a series of slayings connected to a secret genetic facility. The sleuths quickly narrow it down to nine suspects, including the institute head’s beautiful daughter. But each time they get close to solving the crimes, the killer strikes again. Argento trademarks abound here, including stylized use of color during murder scenes, extreme eyeball closeups, and a Hitchcockian finale on a roof that echoes NORTH BY NORTHWEST. Contains violence and gore.
Two men investigate a series of slayings connected to a secret genetic facility.
Cast: Karl Malden, James Cranciscus, Catherine Spaak
Not one of Argento’s best.
Argento's follow-up to his classic The Bird With the Crystal Plumage is more uneven with higher highs and lower lows. The story itself isn't overly interesting, but there's so many insane and striking scenarios, images, and set pieces. Not the place to start with Argento or giallo, but worth a watch.
I am usually not that fond of Argento but this was a fine and tight knit thriller.