The Killer with a Thousand Eyes (1973)

Hey, this has a giallo title, features a giallo actor in Andrew Steffen* (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the GravePlay Motel), fifteen murders and Juan Bosch, the director of the giallo with the most non-descript giallo title, The Killer Wore Gloves, and somehow, it’s not a full-on giallo.

I mean, it has a black gloved killer and the mystery that you expect of the form, but it’s just as much a poliziotteschi with some hints of Eurospy. As you may know, I do adore cocktails, so let’s drink this one up.

After Interpol agent Alistair McAndrew is killed by a man in a kabuki mask, Michael Laurence (Steffen) is assigned to identify and retrieve his friend’s body. Instead, as a stranger in a strange land, he starts his own investigation, which ends up with all manner of people getting killed by the killer with black gloves and a Japanese mask.

This movie also has a cockfight scene where a woman gets so excited that you’d swear she was having sex. Oh Italy and your obsession with strange desire and animal murder.

*He’s probably better known for his Westerns like the incredible Django the Bastard, but let’s go with this line of thinking for the purposes of this article. Steffen also wrote the script for this movie with Bosch and Alberto De Stefanis, who was one of the production managers on Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.

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