Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, writer/director Dario Argento was tasked with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as “nine times more suspenseful” than its predecessor.
When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò, who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori, Franco's young niece, may also be in killer's sights…
Featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone, The Cat O' Nine Tails remains one of Argento's most suspenseful and underrated films.
Director: Dario Argemnto
Cast: Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Cinzia De Carolis