Lukas (Corrado Pani) investigates for his lover, Mara – played by Paola Tedesco – when she takes refuge at his home after becoming mixed up in a string of revenge killings. Welcome to No.38 in 88 Films’ Italian Collection.
I am ever grateful to any company for breathing new life into all these wonderful movies and bringing them to our shores. Shameless did an amazing job with titles such as New York Ripper (1982), My Dear Killer (1972) and Torso (1973). Regretfully I wasn’t satisfied with Watch Me When I Kill back then, so it went unseen until today. Thanks to 88 Films’ brand new 4K transfer, I can finally cross this giallo off my list.
Speaking of haunting, Director Antonio Bido knows how to create the right atmosphere of suspense and dread. While some may condemn Watch Me for being perhaps a little too light on the gorier details, I applaud his focus on tension and the other elements that make for a great giallo.
The stalking sequences are filled with the menacing shadows of hallways and dressing rooms, each with a heavy sense of claustrophobia. In sweet contrast to which are the film’s scenes set on-location, where we have the opportunity to appreciate the architecture, as well as one dizzying waterfall visit.
If you’re still uncertain about joining in the fun with zombies movies such as Burial Ground (1981), gialli such as Delirium (1987) and monster movies such as Alien 2: On Earth (1980), then I suggest you begin where this one leads you to; all the way back to the Italian Collection’s No.2 release, the superior Bloodstained Shadow (1978). And then go from there, as you please.