Ahh the Giallo, a type of film I don’t get overly excited for, yet sometimes I get surprised and enjoy them. For those who don’t know Giallo means yellow in Italian, which is what the covers of old pulp mystery books were back in the day. The genre consists of mystery films usually with a horror or supernatural element. Often slower paced than an American slasher film the blood is turned up many notches in these pictures. They were highly popular in the 70’s and became very sought after in the states during the horror boom of the 90’s. One of the lesser known ones is titled The Cat With the Jade Eyes aka Watch Me When I Kill!
Watch Me When I Kill opens with a girl named Mara who goes to buy some aspirin at her local pharmacy. Problem for her is a killer has just murdered the pharmacist who’s body she discovers. Before anything else can happen her boyfriend grabs her and they take off. The killer who pretended to be the pharmacist and not let her in becomes concerned she may be able to identify him so he naturally begins to stalk her. It scares her enough to shack up with her boyfriend.
While this is happening we then meet Giovanni, another man who lives in her building who begins received weird threatening messages that have a lot of weird sounds playing through them. He makes a recording of this and takes them to a friend of his who works at a recording studio in the hopes of isolating the messages. While he is doing this his ex-wife returns to her apartment only to be viciously murdered, like burned on a stone, blade in the head murdered. Well this is all the work of a serial killer stalking the city, and it turns out all of these victims have one thing in common. They all served on a jury which convicted a man named Pasquale Ferrante of multiple murders. Well unfortunately for them he’s just escaped from prison. Thus begins the slow burn, yet blood soaked film.
Throwing in the intertwining plots as well as the addition of the masking threatening calls really added something to this film. It had a much different feel than the average Giallo film which really helped to keep my interest level high. Its still old school enough for fans of the genre to enjoy, and enough gruesome kills to keep the gore fans happy.
A much more unknown film Synapse has done a fantastic job on the transfer. With bright bold colors throughout and a fantastic score that bellows from your speakers this is a fantastic transfer to say the least. Synapse was also on their game when it came to the special features and this is one loaded disc.
New 4K transfer of the original negative, with color correction performed by Synapse Films
DTS-HD MA English and Italian 2.0 Mono Soundtracks
Isolated Music-Only Track
Original Theatrical Trailer, T.V. Spot and Radio Spots
Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Author, Nathaniel Thompson
UK Interview with Academic Mikel Koven on Watch Me When I Kill
Three short films from director Antonio Bido: Danza Macabra, Mendelssohn Im Judischen Museum, Berlin and Marche Funebre D’une Marionette
English Subtitles (Italian Mono) and English SDH Subtitles (English Mono)
Reversible Cover Art
BONUS CD SOUNTRACK (PACKED ONLY IN THE BLU-RAY RELEASE) of the amazing film score by prog-rockers Trans-Europa Express!
As I said, in my opinion a different style of Giallo film, but still another gloved killer on the lose that fans of the genre will enjoy and want to add to their collection. Pick this one up today.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!