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Cold Eyes of Fear (1971)

Giovanna Ralli , Frank Wolff , Enzo G. Castellari  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Giovanna Ralli, Frank Wolff, Fernando Rey, Julian Meteos
  • Directors: Enzo G. Castellari
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PQT3AG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Stylish and extravagant, Cold Eyes of Fear is an excellent example of an Italian giallo thriller. Set in swinging 'seventies London, this movie brings you a dark and decadent world of corrupt cops, vengeful ex-cons, threats, betrayal, fist-fights and feisty femme fatales.

Motivated by revenge, an ex-con abducts the son of the judge who put him behind bars. The plot thickens as a deeper betrayal is revealed, leading the story to erotic S&M scenes with scantily-clad women and violent trysts in darkened, atmospheric nightclub settings.

Starring the sexy cult actress, Karin Schubert and directed by Enzo G. Castellari, famous for the movie Inglorious Bastards, which is to be remade by Quentin Tarantino in 2009, Cold Eyes of Fear is a most memorable movie of psychedelic effects, intriguing plot twists, striking shots and a stunning jazz score!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cold Eyes June 13, 2009
Format:DVD
This is an average example of the Italian Giallo, the story set in London, switching between a solicitor's office and his stately house, which is occupied by his solicitor nephew and a prostitute.

The plot is fairly good, involving an elaborate revenge on the elder solicitor for a wrongful judgement some years earlier. This film has some good twists but is tense only at times. It seems to drag and much more could have been made of the frightful atmosphere in the house. Instead, we have over-used extreme close-ups and plenty of screaming and shouting.

Not a bad film by any means, but there are plenty better examples of the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Routine Crime Thriller Enhanced By Blu-Ray May 22, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Redemption video continues its Blu-Ray treatments of Image Entertainment's back catalog of European Exploitation films with Director Enzo G. Castellari's 'COLD EYES OF FEAR' aka 'GLI OCCHI FREDDI DELLA PAURA'-1971. Released on VHS and DVD back in 1998, Image tried to sell it as a Giallo thriller but it isn't. Director Castellari who is known for his action movies and westerns directs this routine crime drama straight on trying to give life to screenwriters Leo Anchoritz and Tito Carpi's lacklustre script. A home invasion by two thugs played by Julian Mateus and American actor Frank Wolff becomes an exercise in revenge as Wolff takes his vengeance out on the judge played by veteran actor Fernando Rey who committed him to 15 years in prison. The stellar cast includes Western star Gianni Garko , the beautiful genre actress Giovanna Ralli, and in a memorable cameo, the equally gorgeous Karen Schubert. Actor Rey resembles the James Bond villain, Blofeld, as he is just required to pose behind desks petting his cat or picking up the phone when it rings. Actor Wolff, who tragically committed suicide a few years later, saves the film from the ensuing boredom. It also boasts nice photography by Antonio L. Ballesteros and music by maestro Ennio Morricone utilizing Jazz motifs which screeched across his work at that time. The 1080P transfer by Redemption is a bit of an improvement over the Image DVD in a 1.85 transfer with slight color enhancement but not worth the upgrade if you already own that one. A trailer for this and other Redemption releases are the only extras.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cold Eyes December 4, 2013
Format:DVD
This is an average example of the Italian Giallo, the story set in London, switching between a solicitor's office and his stately house, which is occupied by his solicitor nephew and a prostitute.

The plot is fairly good, involving an elaborate revenge on the elder solicitor for a wrongful judgement some years earlier. This film has some good twists but is tense only at times. It seems to drag and much more could have been made of the frightful atmosphere in the house. Instead, we have over-used extreme close-ups and plenty of screaming and shouting.

Not a bad film by any means, but there are plenty better examples of the genre.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Castellari Completists March 31, 2013
By Patrick
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
COLD EYES OF FEAR aka DESPERATE MOMENTS is a thriller (though hardly a giallo) that hits some of the right notes but overall does not deliver what a genre fan is seeking. Some decent performances and a nice appearance by Fernando Rey do not elevate this film from the mire of an over-saturated genre. The only reason most (I among them) will be curious about this title is the director. I've seen five films directed by Enzo Castellari (most known as being the guy who made a film called INGLORIOUS BASTARDS a few decades before Tarantino took to the title) and this one is at the bottom of the pack (though up against the likes of KEOMA and STREET LAW, it's hard to put up a good fight).

The film is presented in widescreen and the picture is decent enough for a somewhat-obscure thriller. The main issue I have with this DVD is the sound mix, which is inconsistent with dialogue and features a lot of fuzz and a raspy quality on certain consonants. It's like listening to an old, beat-up record with pops and static throughout. Ennio Morricone's score shines through and is probably the best part of the film. Having seen countless films that feature his work, this is one of the first that I could not name the composer on hearing it. It is its own character and is a very positive contribution.

Since this DVD can be had for very little (my copy came out to $4.90 with shipping), it can be worth it for the curious (like me) or Castellari die-hards. It meanders to its conclusion and the excess detailed by the back of the DVD insert is exaggerated to say the least. Not the most worthy entry in Castellari's oeuvre nor in the Italian thriller catalogue, but not without merit. If you have to see all of them, don't make this one a priority.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious psychological thriller March 12, 2000
By Zuran
Format:VHS Tape
A young man picks up a girl at a disco (this is supposed to be set in London although the film is Italian) and takes her back to his uncle's country farmhouse for some nookie. There, they are interuppted by a man who murders the servant and keeps them hostage. The hero's uncle is a judge (Fernando Rey)and he sends a cop to investigate but the cop (played by Frank Wolff) turns out to be in league with the hostage taker and is in fact a man that the uncle sent to prison and is after revenge. He's also after something hidden in the house but we're never quite sure what.
Tedious and boring, poorly dubbed and ridiculously scripted - this is not a horror film and certainly not a giallo either. There's also practically no sex and violence despite the Redemption promises. The main problem is that there seems to be no point in the whole hostage saga at all since Wolffe has already planted a bomb in Rey's office. A number of convoluted plot twists are gradually revealed but the fact is nobody really knows what's going on here and the thing is padded out about twice as long as it should have been.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Review of Cold Eyes of Fear
this a distracting film. The Director did not put the film sequences in any sensible order. I totally disliked this film
Published 13 months ago by Brangwen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vintage thriller NOT giallo
I don't know what people are talking about when they say its an average example of the giallo, when its not at all a giallo! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Renee Blue
2.0 out of 5 stars Enzo G. Castellari is the name for action...not giallo
When one sees the name Enzo G. Castellari as the director of a film one expects action. This is because his specialty is action films. Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by A. Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars If you are into Giallo
If you're into Giallo...this is an average "Giallo". I would recommend seeing ones like: "Night Train Murders", "Death Carries a Cane", "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Read more
Published on August 1, 2008 by Spider Labyrinth
2.0 out of 5 stars How justice is served sometimes,and how not everyone is happy about...
"Occhi freddi della paura" ( Cold Eyes of Fear ), by Enzo G.

Castellari, released 1971 is a major achievement for a

cinematographer, considering the... Read more
Published on March 31, 2007 by Pork Chop
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying at all, even for five bucks.
The only exciting moment occurs during the first ten minutes of the film. it then slowly drops into a confusing web of slow-paced melodrama and extremely boring dialogue scenes,... Read more
Published on December 31, 1998
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