Watch Me When I Kill (1977)
Directed by Antonio Bido

Starring Corrado Pani Fernando Cerulli Franco Citti Paola Tedesco

Despite promising cover art, this film is a real snooze fest, one that doesn't even offer any of the political incorrectness you'd expect from a film with a title like this.

Like all giallos, the film opens with a murder, this one on an old pharmacist. A woman who happened to be outside the scene of the murder becomes a target of the killer. The plot develops slowly, oh so slowly, from there, until we learn that the killer is targeting members of a jury of an old murder trial.

This is one of those films that makes you wonder they "resurrected" it for a DVD release in 2007. The film does boast a good, Goblin-like score and a few interesting, Argento-esque moments, like a scene where a woman wakes up from a barking dog to see the shadow of a killer in her apartment.

But all in all, the film is boring, with bad acting, unremarkable directing and a painfully slow story. The ending stretches things so far, you'll groan with pain. The film even looks bad on DVD. Even the attacks are boring, including a scene where a woman's face is pressed into a dish inside an oven. Ludicrous. At the end of the day, the only thing worthwhile about it is the cover art, which we saw when this film had a VHS release way back in the '80s.

Stay far away.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore


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