The Bird With The Crystal Plumage

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Horror

A heart-stopping horror melodrama with excellent acting from all involved. Director Argento, here essaying his first film, uses humor, much like Hitchcock, to complement the suspense, but you never feel the master is being ripped off. Walking home one night, Musante, a Yank scribe in Rome, sees Renzi being murdered in an art gallery. He can't make out the...read more

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A heart-stopping horror melodrama with excellent acting from all involved. Director Argento, here essaying his first film, uses humor, much like Hitchcock, to complement the suspense, but you never feel the master is being ripped off.

Walking home one night, Musante, a Yank scribe in Rome, sees Renzi being murdered in an art gallery. He can't make out the killer's face, but the police decide to garnish his passport, as this is but one of several murders of lone women. Musante cooperates with the police but also conducts his own

investigation, which takes him into the underbelly of the Eternal City.

Memorable characters abound and Storaro's sensational camera work and Morricone's score highlight their seedy milieu aptly. Several terrifying sequences come one after another, but none are gratuitous and the film never wallows in its violence. With a different title and better marketing, this

compelling film, which had considerable influence on what would become known as the "slasher" genre in the 1980s, would have been a smash.

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  • Review: A heart-stopping horror melodrama with excellent acting from all involved. Director Argento, here essaying his first film, uses humor, much like Hitchcock, to complement the suspense, but you never feel the master is being ripped off. Walking home one nig… (more)

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