24 April 2014

The Killer Reserved Nine Seats (1974)
90 min.
Directed by Giuseppe Bennati.
With Rosanna Schiaffino, Cristea Avram, Eva Czemerys, Lucretia Love, Paola Senatore, Gaetano Russo, Andrea Scotti, Eduardo Filipone, Tonino Guerra, Janet Agren, Howard Ross.
Workable supernatural giallo from director Bennati.

Wealthy aristocrat Patrick summons a group of relatives and friends to an old, abandoned family theatre.

But soon, a masked killer begins offing the guests one by one...

Could the psycho be one of the ensemble out for financial gain or merely a ruthless lunatic?

And could a bloody massacre in the same building decades past have some strange relevance to the current death slaughter?

A raunchy cast delivers some fun performances and generally keeps this moving at an acceptable pace; highlights include the death of an acid-tongued lesbian by a vicious stabbing...the sharp instrument is (very) strategically plunged. Ouchy ouch.

Italian: L'Assassino ha riservato nove poltrone.

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