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Cold Eyes of Fear

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Cold Eyes of Fear
Cold-eyes-of-fear-small.jpg
Italian film poster for Cold Eyes of Fear
Directed byEnzo G. Castellari
Screenplay by
  • Tito Carpi
  • Enzo G. Castellari
Story by
  • Tito Carpi
  • Enzo G. Castellari[1]
Produced byJosé Frade[1]
Starring
CinematographyAntonio Lopez Ballesteros[1]
Edited byVincenzo Tomassi
Music byEnnio Morricone
Production
companies
  • Cinemar
  • Atlántida Films[1]
Distributed byCineraid
Release dates
  • 6 April 1971 (1971-04-06) (Italy)
  • 21 May 1972 (1972-05-21) (Madrid)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
Countries
LanguageItalian
Box office197 million

Cold Eyes of Fear (Italian: Gli occhi freddi della paura) is a 1971 Italian-Spanish thriller film directed by Enzo G. Castellari, starring Fernando Rey.

Plot

A handsome young playboy (Gianni Garko) picks up a pretty Italian girl (Giovanna Ralli) and brings her to his father's house for some fun. What he doesn't know is that two dangerous convicts are lying in wait at the house to avenge themselves on the young man's father (Fernando Rey), who was the judge who caused them to go to jail. The characters are all trapped together in the house for a very tense night, with the young playboy trying to figure out how to save his dad from a bomb planted at his father's workplace.

Cast

Production

The film was written by Enzo G. Castellari and Tito Carpi.[1] Although Leo Anchóriz of Spain is credited as a co-writer, he didn't have anything to do with the script.[2] His name appears solely for co-production laws that were required to establish the film as a dual-nationality production.[2] Capri and Castellari wrote a film based on the idea of the entire film being set in an apartment, an idea influenced by the film Wait Until Dark.[2] Casterllari was also influenced by William Friedkin's The Boys in the Band (1970) and borrowed plot elements from William Wyler's The Desperate Hours (1955).[2] The film was originally intended for foreign audiences so Castellari and Carpi had their script translated into English by actor Frank Wolff's wife Alice.[2]

The film was shot at Cinecittà in Rome and on location in London.[1] Castellari shot the film in sequence.[2] During filming, Alice left Wolff.[2] Wolff committed suicide a few months after production in December 1971 in his hotel room in Rome.[2]

Release

Cold Eyes of Fear was released in Italy on 6 April 1971, where it was distributed by Cineraid.[1] It grossed a total of 197,089,000 lira domestically.[1] It was released in Madrid Spain on 21 May 1972.[1] It was also released as Desperate Moments.[3]

Reception

AllMovie described the film as a "cleverly crafted giallo-thriller", noting that the film appropriates "some of the form's penchant for cool production design and bizarre cinematography (one scene is shot through ice cubes in a glass)" and that a "kinky S&M stage show which, despite occurring at the start of the film, remains its most memorable sequence."[4] The review concluded that "The rest of this loopy Italian-Spanish co-production isn't bad, however, crisply edited by Vincenzo Tomassi (who went on to edit many of Lucio Fulci's most popular horror films) and well scored by Ennio Morricone"[4] Danny Shipka, author of Perverse Titilation a book about European exploitation films stated that the film appeared to be "designed to be a thriller that incorporated some giallo constructs when the subgenre became lucrative."[5] The review concluded that audiences of either thrillers or gialli were probably disappointed with Cold Eyes of Fear and that "there are plenty of action-packed, gore-soaked gialli to watch, but this is not one of them."[5]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Curti 2013, p. 46.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Curti 2013, p. 47.
  3. ^ Luther-Smith 1999, p. 24.
  4. ^ a b Firsching, Robert. "Cold Eyes of Fear". AllMovie. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Shipka, p. 103.

References

  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469765.
  • Shipka, Danny (14 June 2011). Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France, 1960-1980. McFarland, 2011. ISBN 978-0786448883.
  • Luther-Smith, Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. ISBN 095332611X.

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