Wednesday, November 20, 2019


For tonight's Wicked Wednesday presentation we go back to Italy and Spain and the 1975 wild world of Giallo film making!

Tonight's feature is titled "Gatti Rossi In Un Labirinto Di Vetro" which translates into English as (Are you ready for this one?) "Red Cats In A Glass Maze."
They tried everything possible to try and sell this movie to American consumers, but were not successful, so it is also released in English as "The Secret Killer," and/or

The basic story is there is a group of American tourists, and the women are getting bumped off one by one, along with some of the locals by a maniac with a knife who is cutting an eye out of each one of them for some odd reason. Also, almost everyone on this a bus is also not only a potential victim, but also possibly the suspected killer!

My favourite day of the year!!

"Gatti Rossi In Un Labirinto Di Vetro" was filmed in Barcelona, Spain, as seen here, and also in Lazio, Italy!

After that, here's what you get, one eye at a time!

Lots of sharp knives!

More eyes gone!

Bloody sharp knives!

Bloody sharp knives in the hands of the wrong people!

It took me a long time to get over my initial reaction to Giallo movies, not being a big fan of people running around cutting other people up, but over time, I found out that despite all the lurid posters, and stinkin' knives, Giallo flicks are usually quite intelligent and confusing as Hell!
But then, that's just me!

It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to understand why the title got changed from "Red Cats In A Glass Maze".........................

...................To "Eyeball!"

Director Umberto Lenzi started off his career doing 'Sword and Sandal' movies, followed by 'Secret Agent/Spy' movies, before moving on into making 'Giallo' movies!

Umberto also directed one of my favourite films, "Kriminal."

After his run of 70's Giallo films, Maestro Lenzi turned to making Eurotrash horror and cannibal films like "Nightmare City," and "Eaten Alive."
To show you what a sense of humor Umberto had, he directed at least nine movies using names like Humphrey Milestone, Humphrey Humbert, Harry Kirkpatrick, and Bob Collins! 
This brilliant man only passed away a couple of years ago in 2017 at the age of 86.

The Detective on the case was set to retire in a week when all these gruesome murders started, but he was able to get it all figured out just in time!

I just stumbled into a snake pit of 60's and 70's strange and odd Euro horror, so I'll be back on Saturday with more, unless of course...........Something else happens!

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