Martine Brochard, John Richardson, Ines Pellegrini
National Cinematografica, Pioneer, Estela Films
"The Devil's Eye", "The Eye", "The Secret Killer", "Wide-Eyed in the Dark"
Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro
1 Hour and 40 Minutes (100 Minutes)
"A stabbing nightmare becomes a living terror!", "A blinding vision of horror", "The most terrifying vision of horror!", ""Eyeball" will grab you!", "You may never live to see the end of it!"
The Italian Umberto Lenzi in over-and multi-dimensional filmic career has created many low-budget films. Spaghetti westerns, police and military films, infamous horror films with cannibals, but also some giallo. The "Eyeball" 1975 is one of the most famous and especially those of giallo Director even if not the best.
The Lenzi puts his story in magnificent Barcelona. Tourist giallo? We could say so. As in all giallo, and so on "Eyeball" there is the paranoid killer with a hidden identity by urging the audience to divination exercises for who he is. Registered trademarks of this killer costume is and the way he treats the killed victims. And if many giallo the Slayer prefers black or dark clothing, here indicates a total preference in red and even waterproof jacket with hood (reminds you a little "Don't Look Now" did?). The second identity lies in taking the victims ' left eye. Nominated victims … a groups of tourists who moves to the city by coach. The violent course of events is of course mobilizes the local police while things become even more piquant when bewildering wife of one of the protagonists is rumored in Barcelona …
The original Italian title of "Eyeball" is "Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro". Other titles with whom he has appeared are "The Secret Killer", "The Eye", "The Eye" and "Devil's Wide-Eyed in the Dark".
The Lenzi seems to have pitched well his movie despite some exaggerations, scenario-based facilities and backsliding that here and there can occur. At first everybody suspected but eventually the list of suspects is narrowing as a a tourists murdered and others were elsewhere at the time of the crime, thus obtaining a solid alibi in sight. To keep your interest up to the end Lenzi has placed too many potential perpetrators and that testifies to some weakness on his part. Of course let's not forget that we are not talking about someone Maitre kind such as Mario Bava and Dario Argento, which is why I do not have the requirement for best story in giallo from him. However, the ' Eyeball ' at the end to win and let's not get excited. Interpretations move into normal moderate levels of most giallo. Often the images from Barcelona accompanied by relaxing music while not missing completely bare shots that along with a few lesbian undertones are the only elements light sleaze.
- The eye xerizwmata is the main highlight of "Eyeball" with regard to the killing. Murder in the train of terror stand out from the others for the creepy Visual of spectacle. The victim is murdered when the camera constantly switches between shots of terrifying false figures which adorn the attraction. Nice idea.
- The lovely photo of beautiful Barcelona.
5 = Ατελείωτο λουτρό αίματος - 4 = Πολύ αιματοβαμμένο - 3 = Αιματοβαμμένο - 2 = Ελάχιστα αιματοβαμμένο - 1 = Σταγόνες αίματος - 0 = Ανυπαρξία αίματος
5 = Αριστουργηματικό! - 4 = Πολύ καλό - 3 = Καλό - 2,5 = Μέτριο - 2 = Κακό - 1 = Πολύ κακό - 0 = Δεν βλέπεται με τίποτα!
Nice peculiarities on the figure of the killer, high doses of mystery, beautiful photography, dynamic scaling in the final sequences.
After a few weaknesses, parapanisios number of suspects.