Film #293: KILLER WITH A THOUSAND EYES
Killer with a Thousand Eyes
2.5 out of 5 stars
Spanish director Juan Bosch (THE KILLER WORE GLOVES) blatantly lifts scene after scene from other (and, frankly, better giallos) and crafts an odd – and VERY obscure - mix of a film – a giallo liberally dosed with Poloziotteschi elements (with a little shockingly bad karate thrown in – hey, it’s the early l70s). Anthony Steffan (THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE) stars as a tough talking cop who is investigating a series of murders around a drug ring. Steffan looks great and acts tough, but… his role is written to make his character the world’s WORST detective. Clues have to fall into this guy’s lap and slap him in the face in order for him to notice. Luckily, the plot develops quickly and maintains an energetic pace throughout. Unlike other giallos, there are only a few murders in EYES and all of them are either bloodless or happen off-screen. There’s also an alarmingly offensive gay character thrown in, but only in order to expand the body count. Overall, KILLER WITH A THOUSAND EYES is a predictable affair and one known more for its inept fisticuffs than any visual or thematic flair. Recommended… but only for die-hard enthusiasts.