A Spanish Italian B giallo with gorgeous Gillian Hills in the major
role, nudity, killings en masse and with a surprisingly cool soundtrack
a Marcello Giombini. B giallo maybe, but still very entertaining and
i call it B because all of the more famous and much talked about gialli
have alredy been released since many years now. Argento, Bava, Fulci,
Lenzi, Lado, Martino, Ercoli and Dallamano and their classics in the
genre has all been released in quality editions. So, what to do if you
want to see more gialli as there must be hundreds of them you still
seen and you can't find them on regular DVD or Blu-ray releases ? Slowly,
slowly companies release also second grade gialli and sometimes in
very costly and strictly limited editions that are hard to get and seen
only by a few. Very annoying.
Most of these more obscure gialli films seem to be in
the Public Domain and many can be seen on Youtube in varying picture
BUT, i'm an old geezer and much prefer to see a film ON A DISC, a DVD
or a Blu-ray and not by streaming video (yes, i have Netflix like almost
everyone else in the known world). I'm an old collector of records and
films and i also had a netshop selling films, so i love the feeling
a record or a film in your hand, too look at the sleeve or cover with
it's text and artwork. In the choice between looking at a blurry giallo
computer or watching it on a alternative market DVD, i much prefer the
DVD. I may be in the minority here i know.
Some of these aternative market DVD with rare gialli have fine picture
quality, some look like a VHS transfer, some look like they are taken
old TV broadcast. Hopefully some day every giallo ever made will be
released on DVD or Blu-ray in decent picture quality
Londoner Peggy Foster (Gillian Hills) thinks she has
seen her boyfriend Michel in a car in London, and this when he's supposed
to be in South
Vietnam covering the Vietnam war. He's a journalist and stationed in
Saigon since 4 months and she haven't heard from him in a long time.
Michael's journalist friend Jackie (Silvia Solar) tell her not to worry,
it must've been somebody else, but strange things starts to happen.
Peggy is short of money and (with Michel away) as she has a big 2 storey
apartment she rents out the upper floor to a John Kirk Lawford.
She's shot at and her tenant is found dead on the sidewalk outside of
her building. Then another John Kirk Lawford (Angel del Pozo) turn up
WTF? Peggy is bewildered and starts to .... guess what,
hey, this is a giallo .... yes, she starts to sleuth around herself,
why is Michael hiding,
who shot at her and what about the 2 John Kirk Lawford ? The mystery
thickens and the giallo killer uses a sickle slashing people up.
Shirley (Orchidea de Santis, the lesser known but sexy italian genre
actress) ex-girlfriend of Michael, may know something but as she appears
nude she has to die according to the unwritten laws of Gialli, and she
meets a murderer with a sickle.
There's a nice twist ending and i thought this film
to be a very enjoyable genre effort, and with a really cool soundtrack
Ha, ha, i love Spanish gialli taking place in England
as there always are these very un-british looking actors and extras
supposed to be, in this case,
Londoners, e.g. the caretaker Anthony (Goyo Lebrero) or the nosy cat-loving
neighbour Mr. Lewis (Carlos Otero, great performance).
Also, there's a hilarious car chase out of London into a small village
and out on the countryside where we obviously are in a Spanish village
the greenery looks decidely un-british, besides driving in right-side
traffic with Spanish signs, ha, ha). The film was mostly filmed in Catalonia.
The film has OK picture and an english audio, widescreen
ratio (if original widescreen ratio i don't know)