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us title: The Crimes of the Black Cat
italian title: Sette scialli di seta gialla
year: 1972
director: Sergio Pastore
composer: Manuel De Sica
full details: IMDB
overall score: 88

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


WARNING: Spoilers Below

score analysis

One of the great things about the Giallo genre is its ability to include films from relatively unknown filmmakers. By 1972 the Giallo format was well established and popular, and although some directors were pushing the boundries of the genre's conventions, many more were simply riding the wave of momentum that the early Giallo filmmakers set in motion. This is not necessarilly a bad thing, so long as the film is entertaining enough on its own despite its tendency to recycle the genre conventions and not introduce anything new.


The Crimes of the Black Cat is a good example of this. If it weren't for the difference in location (Denmark instead of Italy) and choice of composer (Manuel De Sica instead of Morricone/Nicolai), the film would rate higher than Four Flies on Grey Velvet or What Have You Done to Solange? on the Giallo Score. But there's also the issue that director Sergio Pastore is virtually unknown for anything other than this film and the Giallo Score deducts points for "one-hit-wonder" Giallo filmmakers.


But even though the film borrows liberally from previously successful Gialli, it still does a great job of entertaining its audience. Of particular interest is the murder method involving a cat with it's claws dipped in curare! And of course there's the usual assortment of scantily clad models, elaborate murder sequences, red herrings, plot twists and an enjoyable soundtrack. All of which combine to deliver an experience that on the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


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With the exception of Mario Landi's Giallo A Venezia and Lucio Fulci's The New York Ripper, the shower kill in The Crimes of the Black Cat is possibly one of the most graphic scenes I've yet seen in a giallo. Very at odds with the general style of the film, tbh.


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Published: 2012-10-15