Cat O'Nine Tails
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In this flawed mystery-thriller from flamboyant horror director Dario Argento, Karl Malden portrays a blind man who joins forces with a reporter (James Franciscus) to catch a killer with an extra chromosome. Much of the action occurs at a research hospital, where the killer seeks to conceal the original crime with still more murders. Easily the least interesting of Argento's early thrillers (which include the superior L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo and Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio), this film seems almost a parody of the genre at times, with preposterous coincidences and bogus… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A tall and slimmer Karl Malden stands out, but even with a rooftop chase, the conclusion and revelation are abrupt."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Italian 'giallo' thriller by horrormeister Dario Argento."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"Moderately effective, stylish early giallo from Argento"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"if it is Argento's weakest early effort, it is only because he was still trying to find his voice, experimenting with different techniques and gradually learning just how far he could push the envelope."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Dario Argento giallo is the cat's meow."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"... through the employment of his visual technique, commonality is transformed into remarkable quality."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...highly unlikely to appeal to anyone other than the most ardent Argento fan, and even those folks will be hard-pressed to find anything here worth embracing."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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