Wednesday, November 9, 2011
CAT O' NINE TAILS (1971)
I can appreciate the first two films of Dario Argento but they've never really been my favorites from his body of work. I think DEEP RED is the movie where he really hit his stride full force and made some really good films from then on up until around THE STENDAHL SYNDROME after which he turned out some pretty hacky stuff. This one is Dario's second film and it's probably closer to a Hitchcock film and is way less graphic than most of his other bloodier giallos. There is a guy who gets smushed by a train so that's something to watch for. It features Karl Malden as a blind man who likes to do puzzles. Now I remember Mr. Malden as the American Express guy who made all those commercials telling me "don't leave home without it" so maybe that's why I find it so hard to buy him as a blind guy who hangs out with a little girl and solves crimes in his spare time. The soundtrack is by the great composer Ennio Morricone but it doesn't really stand out much and seems sorta bland. Another major problem with this film is it's generally pretty boring and you kind of have to pay attention if you want to follow the plot so it all seems like quite a chore for little pay-off. Still it's better than the crap Mr. Dario is making currently and it is available on a dollar DVD so maybe it's worth watching if you're on a low-budget and aren't too picky.