Who Saw Her Die? (Giallo/Horror) 1972 [Movie/Review]

5/10

Year: 1972
Genre: Giallo/Thriller
Director: Aldo Lado
Original Title: Chi l’ha vista morire?
Source: Streaming (Tubi)

PLOT:
A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) start investigating, and soon find they are in way over their head. Meanwhile, the body-count keeps rising as the killer now starts butchering all those who find out too much…

OPINION:
I love me a good Giallo, but I have to be honest, I usually lose interest half way through, and unfortunatly this is the case here as well. It’s beautifully shot during autumn in Venezia, Italy in those lovely 1970’s dark colours. It has those Argento-esque child choirs, some nudity, but more or less blood free.

Unfortunately it has one of my pet peeves in older horror movies, when a killer attack someone, the victim does nothing to fight back. Just presses themselves against the wall, screaming. I mean, a retarded penguin have more survival skills than these people. It’s also filled with nonsense, like strangling someone in a movie theater without anyone noticing. No kicking and screaming, just lets herself get strangled.

They must have smoked some weird stuff at the cutting table. Flashing between high volume music and fast pictures. If it’s supposed to be ”thrilling”, they were no where near getting that reaction from me. And then we get to the dubbing. It is so bad, that when we get a sad moment you instead end up laughing.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY
Who Saw Her Die? was written by Massimo D’Avack, Francesco Barilli, Aldo Lado and Rüdiger von Spiehs; it was directed by Lado and Vittorio De Sisti. The film’s music was composed by Ennio Morricone, whose score was released separately in 1972.

The film was shot on location in Venice; one of the film’s chase scenes was filmed at the Molino Stucky flour mill, a run-down building which was later renovated as a Hilton hotel in 2008.

In both the Italian and English version Lazenby’s voice is dubbed by another actors. Italian films were rarely shot with usable sound and dubbed in post-production. For the English version Lazenby is dubbed by American actor Michael Forest.

Who Saw Her Die? was released in 1972. It was also distributed under the title of The Child.

In his book Italian Horror Film Directors, Louis Paul has described Lazenby’s performance as one the actor’s best, although he regretted that some dubs of the film did not use Lazenby’s voice. Danny Shipka, author of Perverse Titillation, compared the film stylistically to Nicolas Roeg’s later film Don’t Look Now, which shares a Venetian setting. Shipka noted that Lado avoided the explicit gore and sexual elements usually present in a giallo film, instead focussing on “an aura of uneasiness”. Buzz McClain of AllMovie awarded Who Saw Her Die? three-and-a-half stars out of five, highlighting Lazenby’s performance and Morricone’s score; McClain felt that the film’s plot was unnecessarily complicated, but that this was compensated for by its setting and cinematography.

FORMAT:
I watched it on streaming on Tubi, but own it on DVD as well.

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