Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Mio caro assassino (1971)

...aka: My Dear Killer

Directed by:
Tonino Valerii

Good Spanish/Italian supporting cast is the highlight of this tolerable, but thoroughly unexceptional giallo. Opening with a true showstopper as an insurance investigator is decapitated with a piece of heavy machinery, this details an investigation into the death of a young girl. The killer keeps on killin' to conceal the crime. George Hilton coasts through his role as the head detective with a bare minimum of interest. Patty Shepard shows up briefly as a schoolteacher, and is given the bloodiest death scene. A bit on the tedious side and slips into the routine much of the time.


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