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us title: The Two Faces of Fear
italian title: I due volti della paura
year: 1972
director: Tulio Demicheli
composer: Franco Micalizzi
full details: IMDB
overall score: 42

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

WARNING: Spoilers Below

score analysis

Argentinian film director Tulio Demicheli, mostly known for his Spaghetti Westerns, throws his hat into the Giallo ring with this tightly scripted and well produced mystery. Genre staples George Hilton and Anita Strindberg join Fernando Rey and Luciana Paluzzi to create a very watchable cast of characters.

The film feels very much like a Sergio Martino Giallo but the body count is low and after the initial crimes are committed the film focuses its attention on solving the mystery rather than following the continuing savagery of a killer on the loose. Nevertheless, Demicheli assembles a few riveting sequences including a suspenseful stalking scene, some white knuckle high speed driving, and a thoroughly squirm inducing surgery scene which contains actual open-heart surgery footage. The resolution of the third act, and ultimately the unmasking of the killer, is orchestrated with style and although there are only a few suspects, the film manages to keep the viewer guessing until the end.

Unfortunately, the film does not perform well on the Giallo Score losing 40 points in the Staples section due to Demicheli's non-Italian origin and his one-and-done status as a Giallo director. In addition, there are no black gloves to be seen anywhere in the film (despite the artwork on the Italian poster) and the killer, once captured, leaves quietly in the custody of the police - not very Giallo if you ask me!

But don't let that deter you from seeking this one out. Two Faces of Fear is an entertaining Giallo that benefits from high production values and a great cast.

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score breakdown

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Staples : 20/60
Hidden Identity10 points
Classic Period (1970 - 1975)5 points
Motivation: Blackmail/Gain5 points
Standards : 16/30
Flashback Revelation3 points
Italian Location3 points
Mistaken Identity2 points
Suspects >= 34 points
Urban Location4 points
Signatures : 6/10
Airplane1 point
Car or Motorcycle Racing1 point
Chase scene1 point
Comic Relief Character1 point
Odd Clue1 point
Spiral Stairs1 point
Total Points : 42/100



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Published: 2016-06-28