L'assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora (The Killer Must Kill Again) (1975)

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Belying his reputation as a hack (some say justly earned after Star Crash and Alien Contamination), Italian filmmaker Luigi Cozzi delivers a slick, absorbing giallo thriller clearly influenced by his mentor, Dario Argento. George Hilton stars as a greedy adulterer who makes a deal with a serial killer (Michel Antoine) to dispose of his wealthy wife, Nora (Teresa Velazquez). Unfortunately, a thrill-seeking young couple (Alessio Orano, Christina Galbo) steal the killer's car with Nora's corpse in the trunk, ending up at a run-down seaside villa. While Orano is making whoopie by a roadside with a stranded motorist (Femi Benussi), the killer rapes his girlfriend and then begins murdering people to cover his tracks. This is another one of those films in which all the men are sadistic louts, all the women are sexy victims, and only a somewhat daft police inspector (Eduardo Fajardo) can stop the madness. Still, it is quite well made, aided immeasurably by its cast and the photography of Riccardo Pallotini, and highly recommended for fans of the genre. Carla Mancini and Sydne Rome also appear.
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Art House & International , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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A fine example of giallo. First off, the title is great - though I would've titled it "The Killer Must Kill Again...and Again!" The plot and directing were very good, and the suspense and score were fabulous My one complaint is the ending, which was extremely weak and brought the film down a notch.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Campy Italian horror flick from the 1970s is an obscure discovery that has some potent suspense and some depraved sexual intensity.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

Antoine plays the truly freaky and completely scaring serial killer to the relentless hilt. His calm method explodes in a resignation of rage and emotion when raping or killing. His perversion is palpable, we first see him moving and then fondling the corpse of an unrelated murder. The story is basically very similar to NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. Its a murder for hire that takes a nasty botched turn for the worse when the killer's car is stolen by a horndog and his coy, delaying girlfriend. All he wants is in her pants and she keeps changing the rules of how to get in there, sending him on one absurd quest after another. The leads them into some nasty and sleazy situations. There is a dual sex/rape scene montage that is disturbing and effective, mostly for the damage it leads to, meaning the death of the blonde and the Galbo taking out the killer. The police station scene where the awful inspector consoles the kids in the most phony and predictable manner is the most horrific scene in the movie, based on the sideways glance, full of hatred and disdain, the would be lovers shoot each other. There is a wonderful argument that opens the picture between Hilton and Velazquez. Not only is it perfectly scripted and overacted, it happens in one of the most yellow living rooms I have ever seen. Interior design in the 70s was amazing! The plot is a bit thin around the edges, but this is really one of the more effective and disturbing giallos out there, if only for the singleminded understated performance of Antoine!

R.John Xerxes
R.John Xerxes

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