Film #294: WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS?
What Have They Done to Your Daughters
2.5 out of 5 stars
Massimo Dallamano (cinematographer on Sergio Leone’s FISTFUL OF DOLLARS & FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE and the director of such films as THE NIGHT CHILD & COLT 39 SPECIAL SQUAD) directs a follow-up to his more famous film, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE to mixed results. The 1974 film starts off intriguingly and maintains its initial momentum throughout. Well, until the end… which is both disappointing and far too abrupt (the film just ended without much in the way of explanation). While not as solid of a film as SOLANGE, DAUGHTERS covers a lot of the same ground. A teen girl is found hung and her murder son leads the cops to a prostitution ring. Things get suitably convoluted, but the film lacks the usual visual flair that is synonymous with Giallos. Acting is all solid - Giovanna Ralli (Blake Edwards’ WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, DADDY), Claudio Cassinelli (MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD & MURDER ROCK), Mario Adorf (TIN DRUM), and, in a mini-cameo, Farley Granger (Hitchcock’s ROPE & STRANGERS ON A TRAIN – although his voice was dubbed in English by another actor – albeit a little histrionic. One cool thing… DAUGHTERS also features a terrific soundtrack by the great Stelvio Cipriani (Riccardo Freda’s IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE, Mario Bava’s BAY OF BLOOD, Umberto Lenzi’s NIGHTMARE CITY, and Luciano Ercoli’s DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS… just to name a few). Overall, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS is a serviceable, late-era Italian murder procedural. It is CERTAINLY not a giallo as it lacks, despite it being about prostitution and murder, the required perversity.