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us title: Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye
italian title: La morte negli occhi del gatto
year: 1973
director: Antonio Margheriti
composer: Riz Ortolani
full details: IMDB
overall score: 80

Bottom Line: A Worthwhile Deviation
Breaks some important rules and comes out on top as a result.

WARNING: Spoilers Below

score analysis

Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye is a textbook example of a Worthwhile Deviation. Antonio Margheriti's second Giallo (if you count his proto-Giallo, Naked, You Die as his first) answers the question, "Can you make an effective Giallo in a haunted house?" with a resounding "Yes!"

Featuring a visual palette inspired by Mario Bava and an eerie soundtrack by genre favorite Riz Ortolani, Seven Deaths is a proper Gothic horror film, but with a twist; There's a murderer on the loose and everyone (even the orangutan who looks like a gorilla) is a suspect!

Looking at the score, all the staples and signatures are represented. And the film only lost 7 points for its rural, non-Italian location. But those 7 points go completely unnoticed once you get lost in the atmostphere of the Scottish castle which helps to move the rather uneventful middle section of the film along.

All in all Margheriti seems to have created the perfect hybrid between horror and Giallo with the a film that scores highest within the Worthwhile Deviation category. More importantly he managed to do this AND feature an actor in a monkey suit. Bravo Antonio!

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score breakdown

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Staples : 50/60
Italian Director10 points
Hidden Identity10 points
Black Gloves5 points
Amateur Detective5 points
Classic Period (1970 - 1975)5 points
Motivation: Blackmail/Gain5 points
Avoid Capture: Killed by Police or other character5 points
Director > 15 points
Standards : 23/30
Body Count >= 34 points
Italian Location3 points
Mistaken Identity2 points
Morricone/Nicolai/Ortolani3 points
Nude Scene >= 13 points
Suspects >= 34 points
Urban Location4 points
Signatures : 7/10
Animal, Number, Color, or "Death" in title1 point
Attend Funeral1 point
Gay/Lesbian1 point
Odd Clue1 point
Priest1 point
Prove Innocence1 point
Spiral Stairs1 point
Total Points : 80/100



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Published: 2015-09-22