30 October 2014

Death Carries a Cane (1972)
95 min.
Directed by Maurizio Pradeaux.
With Susan Scott, Robert Hoffman, Anuska Borova, Simón Andreu, Anna Liberati, George Martin, Nerina Montagnani, Gianni Pulone, Serafino Profumo.
Maurizio Pradeaux's giallo is not so much a triumph for its plotline and killer'smotivations as it is for its well-executed murder setups and outrageous characters.

Kitty (Susan Scott) sees a nasty knifing through a coin-operated telescope, but she's unable to see the face of the killer.

She notifies the police, who are able to ascertain the killer must be some sort of cane-carrying invalid with a limp.

Could the madman be Kitty's own boyfriend who recently sprained his ankle?

Meanwhile, the murders continue...with the killer offing everyone who might have any clue to his identity. Highlights include a nice razor-slashing of an old lady and a nailbiting climax as the killer stalks Kitty through a claustrophobic greenhouse at night.

Also known as Passi di danza su una lama di rasoio.

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