The Killer Must Kill Again

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Also Known As

  • L' Assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora (Italy)
  • Il Ragno (Italy)
  • Matador Implacável (Brazil)
  • They're Coming to Get You
  • The Dark Is Death's Friend
  • The Killer Must Strike Again

Main Details

  • Released in 1975
  • Color
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Aspect Ratio: (2.35:1)
  • Production Co: Albione Cinematografica/Paris-Cannes Productions/Git International Film
  • Distribution Co: Starlight S.r.l.

Cast and Crew

  • Directed by Luigi Cozzi
  • Written by Adriano Bolzoni, Luigi Cozzi, Daniele Del Giudice
  • Produced by Sergio Gobbi, Umberto Lenzi, Giuseppe Tortorella
  • Cinematography by Riccardo Pallottini & Franco Di Giacomo
  • Film Editing by Alberto Moro
  • Art Direction by Luciana Schiratti
  • Music by Nando De Luca
  • Starring George Hilton, Antoine Saint-John (As Michel Antoine), Teresa Velázquez, Alessio Orano, Cristina Galbó, Femi Benussi and Eduardo Fajardo

Film Review

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Giorgio Mainardi (George Hilton) is having a shaky relationship his wife, Norma (Teresa Velázquez) Aside from the fact that it's no secret that he's having an affair with an other woman, all Giorgio seems to think about is money--Which makes up the wealthy side of Norma's family. One night, looking to talk to his mistress at a pay phone, Giorgio notices something at the dock. A Killer (Antoine Saint-John) is disposing a dead corpse by pushing a car (With the dead body of the woman inside) into the water. Giorgio decides to pay a visit to the killer and offers him a proposal, pay The Killer to snuff Norma out or Giorgio will inform the cops of The Killer's recent activities. The Killer agrees and a plan is to make Norma's death look like a kidnapping. Everything seems to go as planned. Giorgio has his alibi, The Killer is invited to the home of the Mainardis and Norma's dead body is to be packed away inside the trunk of The Killer's mercedes. As The Killer is re-tracing his steps and cleaning up his fingerprints, he goes back out to find his mercedes...Missing! It's just been carjacked a two mischievous lovebirds, Luca (Alessio Orano) and Laura (Cristina Galbó) Wasting no time, The Killer steals a nearby car to track down the mercedes.

So what started out as simple "Perfect Murder" giallo-type film, now morphs into a minor plot-twist, storywise. But, as a credit to the screenplay and Luigi Cozzi's direction, an interesting development happens. I really can't recall ever seeing a giallo where numerous characters (Including the villain!) all experience their share of suspense. You have Giorgio acting like he's distraught from the crime, but the Inspector (Eduardo Fajardo) senses foul play, which continiously makes Giorgio uneasy. You have the reckless couple, who just want to take a drive to the beach for some pre-honeymoon matters, but the fact that they've stolen a car puts them on the edge once they have an encounter with the cops. And you then you have The Killer. Who has to retrieve the car, and the dead body in the trunk, just so he can get paid! But hey, if you're the type of fan who doesn't really care about suspense, then relax and wait until Femi Benussi shows up. Though she's sporting a terrible blonde wig, she provides the movie with blood and T&A (Don't you love the "Anything goes" mentality that these movies are known for? I sure do) The Killer Must Kill Again is recommended for those who like their gialli with a twist.

Reviewed by Laydback - 8/15/08

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