The Wife Killer (Eglima sto Kavouri/A Crime in Cavouri/Death Kiss/ Rape Killer, 1976)

US Mondo Macabro DVD

Lakis Komninos (Larry Daniels) and Jane Peterson


Text below written 2016-02-03


A Greek Giallo, that's not something you see every day and even though the greek actors and the director also
has got english aliases, the greek surroundings is recognizable and gives the film some interesting atmosphere.
Even though most of the actors act in a stiff way and sounds and looks like they're reading their lines from cue
cards, there are a lot of murders, beautiful actresses and an unhinged killer played in an interesting way by
Vagelis Seilinos. It's filmed around Athens and based on a real crime case that happened in Cavouri outside of
Athens in 1971, a sex murder in a Lover's Lane

Vagelis Seilinos as the killer

The Film starts with a man, Mike (Vagelis Seilinos) attacking a couple in a car. They're making out in some forest
area, in a Lover's Lane, and he murders the man and then rapes and kill the woman.
Next, we see the same man, Mike, down in the harbour spying on the people partying on a yacht. Why ?
Also, there's a blond woman spying on the people on the anchored yacht. Why ?

Laura with the Eyes

So, here comes the Spoilers .... Beware if you actually cares about the story in this B-giallo

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The Couple that owns the beautiful ship, they're Captain Jim or James Preston (Lakis Komninos) and his
wealthy wife Helen (Dorothy Moore) and they will go on a cruise soon. The blonde spying on them, that's Laura
(Jane Paterson) and she's the secret girlfriend of Captain Jim (and she's got amazing eyes, se pic above, sigh ...).
But why is the sex killer Mike spying on Jim .... Jim, with a VERY wealthy wife that has got all the money in
their relationship. Not too hard to figure out i guess. As in most Gialli, who get's the money if someone does get
murdered? But there's a small twist here as the Sex killer maniac may have a scheme of his own.

It's very B in all ways, but it's enjoyable. The mysterious doctor, once a boyfriend to Helen, may be the worst
"actor" ever seen in a giallo ? The Policemen looks like they've escaped from an Ed Wood Jr. movie.
Plus factors are 1. Mike as the killer, he's nasty and sweaty, 2. Helena and Laura, beautiful actresses, 3. Lakis
Komninos, yes, he's stiff but he's the slick goodlooking type for the role, like a greek George Hilton

There's an english dub and a greek one (i listened to the english) in 2.0 mono with english subs.
Jim is called Dmitris in the greek dub and Helen is called Eleni in the ditto.
Format ? Not stated anywhere, maybe 4:3? Extras: A Crime in Cavouri - text about the real murder, cast & crew,
About the film (text), Alternative english credits, US trailers, Sunshine and Shadow - 24 minute documentary
about greek film and the Greek Jess Franco - Kostas Karagiannis, previews other Mondo Macabro films

 

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