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Cat O' Nine Tails (Il Gatto a nove code)



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As The Cat o' Nine Tails(1971) opens we see Franco and his young ingenue, Lori, walking down the street. The two overhear a conversation between two men in a car and Franco is intrigued. Oscar-winner Karl Malden (wow, you don't say giallo and Oscar together very often) portrays Franco, a blind ex-newspaperman now obsessed with crossword puzzles. "I like solving puzzles," he later says, explaining his interest in mysteries. When a nearby genetics lab is broken into but nothing stolen, Franco's interest is piqued and he approaches reporter Carlo Giordani to aid in solving the crime.


Blade of the Ripper

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Blade of the Ripper or The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh opens with a man picking up a prostitute from one of Italy's seemingly endless hooker roads. In less than a minute, said hooker is topless and in the next she is being brutally stabbed. A Sigmund Freud quote is displayed on the screen over a freeze frame shot of a plane which carries our heroine, Edwige Fenech!


All The Colors of the Dark

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All the Colors of the Dark opens with a hallucinogenic dream sequence that includes a nude pregnant lady, a killer, and an "Alice in Wonderland" reject. Jane awakens from her dream and decides to take a shower with her clothes on. Not a bad start to this strange entry into the giallo category.


Seven Blood-Stained Orchids

This 1972, text-book giallo opens with a pair of murders within the first few minutes. A killer is loose and, at first, the victims seem unrelated except for the half-moon pendant left at each crime scene. The police catch a break when a young girl is attacked by the killer but is


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