The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972)

The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972)

Released: 1972
Genre: Crime, Genre, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Sergio Pastore
Starring: Giovanna Lenzi, Sylva Koscina, Anthony Steffen, ,
Run time: 99 min
IMDb: 6.1/10
Country: Italy
Views: 66181


A mysterious killer is murdering fashion models by using a black cat whose claws are dipped in curare. A composer, whose girlfriend was the first one to be killed, overhears a conversation by someone he believes may be the killer, but there’s one complication–the composer is blind and couldn’t see the suspected murderer.
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User Reviews: (aka: THE CRIMES OF THE BLACK CAT)

Filmed in Denmark with a largely Italian cast in a setting away from the usual Italian locations for this genre. So forget that these people are Danes speaking Italian. You can’t be too specific with a film like this.

OK so you’ve seen this before and if you’ve seen BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, then you’ll know how it turns out. Even so, this really isn’t bad watching and the story is constructed well despite a couple of suspense contrivances for the audience like footsteps approaching a door, expecting the viewer to believe it’s the killer when it turns out to be the hotel bellboy delivering breakfast.

Blind composer Peter Oliver (spaghetti western star, Anthony Steffen) helps sleuth the murders of fashion models in swanky Copenhagen after his close friend Paola is murdered. He suspects something is wrong when he overhears a conversation about a crime in a restaurant while waiting for Paola to show up. She never does. It turns out Paola is blackmailing Victor (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart), threatening to expose some incriminating photographs to his wife (Sylvia Koscina).

Of course when it comes to this genre, the murders can’t always be done in a straightforward way and one particular device is using a black cat who’s hands are dipped in curare, scratching the victims and causing them to have heart attacks. Strange, yes, but that’s typical of the genre so one has to suspend disbelief if you want to watch films like this.

I won’t reveal who the name of the killer is. You’ll have to see that for yourself, but I will say that it ends in one of those typical freeze-frame endings that were popular in the 1970s.

The DVD by Degored is of poor quality, taken from videotape source with dropouts appearing occasionally and muffled sound, although the subtitles in English look pretty accurate.

There are worse out there.

5 out of 10

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