Mio caro assassino Film Details
Overview: A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl.
Review: An insurance investigator is decapitated by someone operating a dredger near a polluted quarry. Inspector Luca Peretti(George Hilton, in fine form)and partner Chief Marò(Salvo Randone)are on the case and soon discover that his death, that of Vincenzo Paradisi(Francesco Di Federico), is tied to the kidnapping of a little girl(..the Moroni case), and the horrifying double murder that resulted shortly afterward. Peretti must exhaust every lead, even the most minute detail, trying to uncover Vincenzo’s past(..his investigation of the Moroni family)if he wishes to discover the killer. Director Tonino Valerii crafts a very difficult, complex story that wields some very unsettling, unnerving truths about the Moroni family and the sadistic lengths a killer will go to remove key evidence linking him/her to the murder of Paradisi. Particularly disturbing is the discovery of a sculptor/artist who spent “abnormal” amounts of time with the deceased girl, Stefania, and it’s subtly implied that he’s an obvious pedophile. Clues develop that might shed light on just who was responsible for the murder of Stefania and her father..an artistic rendering of a specific house, drawn by Stefania, and a mirror of such great importance that someone is willing to kill viciously for it. Other potential victims, such as Vincenzo’s girlfriend(Helga Liné), a school teacher(Patty Shepard), and a belligerent penniless brute, Mattia(Dante Maggio) who lives in a shack located near the quarry where Paradisi was murdered(..also involved, is Mattia’s live-in girlfriend, Adele, portrayed by Lola Gaos). Mattia collects various items left in garbage cans or nearby the quarry and he attains a key piece of evidence that makes him a target. The school teacher is involved because Stefania was in her class and the art book in her possession contains a left-over piece of a drawing ripped from it(..the larger piece of the drawing was in possession of Vincenzo’s female companion, who was strangled shortly after removing it from a safe deposit box). The film shows that the killer stays one step ahead of Peretti almost every step of the way..as soon as the Inspector figures out a potential detail(..or character) detrimental to solving the case, almost always the killer gets to it or them first. There were several people involved with this film’s complicated, exceptionally convoluted story-line and it unfolds with one hell of a revelation(..the girl, Stefania, was bright enough to implicate her killer while her hands and feet were bound by wire, using a mirror she rolled down a hill for another to discover). The finale has Peretti confronting all suspects, using a mirror to reflect each person’s face..it’s a nifty indictment of each person who perhaps were responsible, in one way or another, in the result of Stefania’s left to starve next to her dead beloved father’s body! Tullio Valli is the one-armed brother of the murdered Moroni, Oliviero and his estranged wife, Carla, is portrayed by Mónica Randall. William Berger is Giorgio Canavese, under suspicion for perhaps assisting in the kidnapping operation, who runs a shipping business, and is involved with trafficking drugs. While not particularly gory, the violence is still potent and shocking enough(..one’s head is cracked over the head with a statuette, another is attacked with a Black and Decker saw, with the opening decapitation quite stunning way of opening this giallo)and there is some nudity(..both Shepard and Marilù Tolo as Peretti’s girl, remove their shirts displaying their breasts)to keep giallo fans satisfied. It was neat watching Hilton is a rare detective role, sporting a mustache, but his life away from the investigation(..his strained relationship with Marilù Tolo ) serves as nothing more than filler, an attempt at giving his character a backstory regarding how his work interferes with his love-life. Eerie, spine-tingling score by composer Ennio Morricone. Fans of Helga Liné will be severely disappointed because her role is of no real depth..basically a victim role, whose character is bumped off due to a drawing, clinched tight in her dead hand. Alfred Maya is especially creepy as the pedophile whose studio is used as a place where he brings naked girls(..one such scene is shown as Peretti is questioning him, with a nude girl interrupting their conversation).
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 100 min
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Also known as: Sumario sangriento de la pequeña Estefania,My Dear Killer,La chatte de la voisine,O Carrasco da Mão Negra,Folie meurtrière,La Ronda De La Muerte,Mon cher assassin,Мой дорогой убийца,Time to Kill, Darling,Mi querido asesino,Folie Meurtrière,Mio caro assassino