Dead Eyes of London/The Ghost
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When movie audiences caught this double bill in the mid-'60s, they were doubtless unaware that they were witnessing remarkable entries in the Italian gothic and German "krimi" genres. Based on a story by the legendary Edgar Wallace, Dead Eyes of London is filled with stylistic flourishes which would influence such directors as Dario Argento. Klaus Kinski stars in this chilling yarn about a series of perplexing murders involving wealthy, middle-aged men and a sinister sect of blind London residents with a grisly secret. Scotland Yard is baffled, but soon the ghastly truth is revealed! Then scream legend Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) stars in The Ghost, a marvelous, atmospheric shocker from acclaimed director Riccardo Freda (The Horrible Dr. Hichcock). Stuck in an unhappy marriage with a wheelchair-bound, occult-worshipping husband, Margaret begins an affair with the handsome family doctor and concocts a murderous scheme that turns into full-blown terror! Two chilling classics of European horror!
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"Dead eyes" is one of the better films of the krimi genre and features the international star, Joachim "Blackie" Fuchsberger. It is a fast-paced story with several intertwined plots, of which the main one is about a gang of blind assassins who are murdering rich people all of whom are insured by the same insurance company. The initial suspense level is sustained throughout the entire film by means of expert direction and superb acting. The film's mood is dark and brooding and creates an empty, alienated, and invasive atmosphere. No - this movie does not meet the cinematic standard established by "Gone with the wind," however, if you are a fan of what is called "Eurotrash," you will probably like this film. While the print quality is less than pristine and tends to be slightly on the soft side, it is better than "pretty good" and is likely the best quality reprint that is available now or will be in the future.
Also, the Barbara Steele film, "Ghost," is great! This is truly a DVD worth adding to your 1960s mystery-thriller collection.