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Rating: 6.5 stars


mubi Italy giallo murder mystery murder reporter journalist blind 1970s psychotronic

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Seen on: 11/01/2019

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The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

Directed by Dario Argento

Crime | Thriller | Mystery

Most recently watched by sleestakk, noahphex, sensoria


A reporter and a blind retired journalist try to solve a series of murders. The crimes are connected to experiments by a pharmaceutical company in secret research. The two end up becoming targets of the killer.

Length 112 minutes


Rada Rassimov | Karl Malden | James Franciscus | Horst Frank | Carlo Alighiero | Umberto Raho | Vittorio Congia | Pier Paolo Capponi | Werner Pochath | Tom Felleghy | Cinzia De Carolis | Catherine Spaak | Jacques Stany | Fulvio Mingozzi | Giovanni Di Benedetto | Margherita Horowitz | Ada Pometti | Tino Carraro | Ugo Fangareggi | Aldo Reggiani

Viewing Notes

First time viewing (surprisingly since I’ve own a DVD of this for a *long* time) but it was on MUBI and looked good. Didn’t connect with me as I thought it might given Argento’s previous film The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, which I absolutely love. Still haven’t seen Four Flies which followed this movie.

Kinda funny moment while watching I kept thinking “that guy looks like the astronaut from BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES…” well of course it’s him. James Franciscus! Didn’t realize he died at 57 years old. That’s scary.

Anyways I’ll likely give this a watch again someday after I’ve seen Four Flies. I just have such a high bar for Argento’s 70s/early 80s output that I found this movie lacking.


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