Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Rape Killer (1974)

Director: Kostas Karagiannis

Starring: Lakis Komninos, Dorothy Moore, Vagelis Seilinos, Dimitris Bislanis, Fragoulis Fragoulis, Jane Paterson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He forced his victims to submit to abnormal sexual behavior!

Plot: A wealthy cad grows tired of his trophy wife and makes the decision to knock her off in the gruesome fashion. Because he’s too meek to do it himself, Jim hires a deranged rapist and murderer to carry out the dirty deed in exchange for a pricey cache of heroin.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

#51 on Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

AKA DEATH KISS (the title of the version I watched), it's not that bad of a picture except that it's not being anything more than a Greek giallo (murder thriller) dressed up to look like an Italian giallo. The plot is very simple. The acting and dubbing of the husband was about as bland as water in a well-stocked bar. It's reasonably paced, Yannis Spanos's score works well only sometimes and there's a great dance scene at a club that's got some wonderful Greek music and dancing. DK isn't doing anything different that countless other giallo of the era did so there's really nothing special about it except that it's a Greek production, something you didn't find much of in those days.

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