Nine Nights of Argento #2 – The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)

TheCatONineTails_ImageI will be watching Dario Argento‘s first nine films (not counting The Five Days, which is currently unavailable in the US), from The Bird with the Crystal Plumage to Opera.

one-star2A killer is on the loose! It’s a case of industrial espionage, you see! Pages of data on males with the XYY chromosome have been compromised and now a blind man named Cookie must conduct stirring sit-down interviews with multiple doctors for the purposes of apprehending– zzzzzzzzzzz.

Hot damn, this is one great big creaking bore. Clocking in at nearly two excruciating hours, Argento’s dead-on-arrival whodunit is a trainwreck the likes of which I wasn’t expecting to see until Dracula 3D.

Devoid of any of the director’s trademark suspense, wit, or style, we’re left with a string of bland set pieces, haphazardly stitched together to a key-hammering Ennio Morricone score that serves to remind us how horrified we should be by all this pharmaceutical intrigue.

At least the killer is polite enough to recap the plot and explain away his idiotic motives at the end of the film.

Next up: FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET

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    […] output has never been consistently good or consistently bad. His worst film remains 1971’s Cat O’ Nine Tails, a film so dramatically inert that it makes the online poker sequences in The Card Player look like […]

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