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3.0 out of 5 stars Early giallo, 18 Jun 2008
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The film opens with a woman being murdered and then her body is placed in a trunk. The action from then on takes place at the St Hildas college for girls where a killer is on the prowl. A detective played by an aging Michael Rennie (Day the Earth Stood Still) is called in to investigate.
Antonio Margheriti's early Giallo has many of the elements that came to define the genre and was made before any of Argento's. To be honest though, it's no classic, but the photography and direction is good and the standard black gloved killer is present and correct. There is some suspense but in general the killings are quite hastily done with no blood and it's pretty obvious who the killer is. The college girls look really old and one character "Jill" is so annoying you want her to die immediately so it comes as a disappointment when she survives to the end. Margheriti has made better films than this, but this is one of early Gialli that helped pave the way for the classics that were to come.
The picture quality is very good but the film is in Italian with English subtitles and not English dubbed. This is very annoying as apparently there is an English language version out there.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2009 15:48:53 GMT
Thanks for a good review. I'm glad you mentioned that this has the original language soundtrack with subtitles as I much prefer that. Obviously, we will have to disagree here as I hate movies being dubbed into English. It never sounds right and unfortunately too many Italian movies are NOT available in their original languages in the UK (even less in the US). Subtitles don't bother me - I prefer them to some voice-actor in a studio trying to lip-synch to the action on-screen - and I'd much rather hear the original track. Apart from that, spoken Italian sounds lovelier to the ear, even in a giallo!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2009 10:02:16 BDT
Sebastian-Jr says:
I completely agree ! I too don't mind the dub but i would always watch in the original language with subtitles and as you say it adds to the feel of the film especially in giallos.

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