28 August 2014

Seven Shawls of Yellow Silk (1972)
90 min.
Directed by Sergio Pastore.
With Anthony Steffen, Giovanna Lenzi, Sylva Koscina, Renato De Carmine, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho, Annabella Incontrera, Isabelle Marchall.
Someone (or some thing) is killing the female models at an exclusive haute couture fashion agency.

The cases baffle the local police, particularly the discovery of each body with small scratches on the victim's face and a mysterious yellow silk shawl nearby.

When his girlfriend Paola turns up murdered, blind composer Peter (Steffen) begins an investigation himself...but is soon drawn into a complex matrix of blackmail, secrets and terrible danger.

Commonly known as Crimes of the Black Cat, this is a solid giallo with a number of memorable set pieces, notably the tense game of 'blindman's bluff' that a helpless Peter must endure at the hands of one of the chief suspects.

But the standout here is the grisly shower scene that heralds the climax: a PSYCHO-inspired homage, to be sure, but this time there's nothing left to the imagination. It's chock full of nasty gore, vicious razor-slashing and buckets of blood.

With the whole thing nicely directed by Sergio Pastore, Seven Shawls is worth a watch.

Italian: Sette scialli di seta gialla.

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