The Bird with the Crystal Plume (1970)
Director: Dario Argento
Main Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno
Storyline: A writer is being stalked by a killer as he witnessed one of the murders.
Review (Spoils): Sam (Tony Musante) is a quiet American writer who witnesses a young woman getting stabbed in between some glass doors. Lucky she survived as she is the first out a large number of victims that a notorious serial killer is stalking in the streets. Of course in typical horror movie style the police cannot crack the case so Sam (the writer) takes it upon himself to solve the murder mystery.
Dario Argento is a classic director in the horror business and I believe this is one of his first attempts at it. Not as good as some of the classics to follow but still you can tell this is his. The opening scene of the woman being trapped in the glass doors and stabbed actual does stay in your mind so he did well in his first attempt. The films music is well done and you do get a murder mystery type fell with this film that he carries on. I personally can sense some Hitchcock influence in this one. The acting is decent and the storyline keeps you guessing as he unravels clues to find out who the mad killer is. We have the typical red blood of the Italian horror films of this time and of course Dario’s typical sexy and sleazy style that he later on is known for.
Rating: Dario Argento is a legend and this film is not his greatest but it is very good. If you’re looking for a good slasher, murder mystery with a splash of red this is the film for you. Plus we have Suzy Kendall!