Country: ITALY/FRANCE/WEST GERMANY
La morte neglic occhi del gatto
Seven Dead in the Cat's Eye
Cat's Murdering Eye
Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye is a serviceable and entertaining murder mystery, but one which sits uncomfortably within the giallo genre that history has consigned it too. The film makes far more effective use of its various gothic elements than it does the chic and camp ephemera of gialli. Instead of the action residing within the modern architectural centre of a bustling European city, we instead find ourselves in a small castle in the highlands of Scotland. There is little sense of a wider world, aside from some investigating police officers who regularly appear from nowhere during the film. The insularity and claustrophobia of the isolated setting adds a great deal of atmosphere to the proceedings as director Antonio Margheriti efficiently works through the conventions of the gialli plot. The plot complexities and the mounting red herrings do at least place this film within the narrative structure of the gialli, but visually this is one of the more unusual examples.