I am always tying to find new and interesting ways to watch horror films when it comes to Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. I did just that for today’s film with the app Frightpix and the film The Bird With The Crystal Plumage from Italian horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspira). Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante) is an American writer in Italy who is ready to leave the country to head back home. All of that changes for Sam when he witnesses an attempted murder. After the botched murder, he is stalked by the killer and soon is involved in a cat and mouse game with the killer as Sam tries to solve the case himself. Will he figure out who the killer is or will he eventually fall victim to the killer? The film also stars Suzy Kendall (To Sir, With Love) as Julia, Enrico Maria Salerno (Seasons Of Our Love) as Inspector Morosini, Eva Renzi (Funeral In Berlin) as Monica Ranieri, Umberto Raho (The Last Man On Earth) as Alberto Ranieri, Renato Romano (Seven Blood-Stained Orchids) as Professor Carlo Dover, Mario Adorf (The Lost Honor Of Katherina Blum) as Berto Consalvi, Rosita Torosh (Flesh For Frankenstein) as 4TH Victim, and Gildo Di Marco (Four Flies on Grey Velvet) as Garullo.
As far as the film itself, I thought this was a very good film because it had elements of a murder mystery film with the elements of horror. The only thing that confused me was the fact that the police in Italy willingly allowed a regular pedestrian to try and solve the case for them. That would never be allowed to happen anywhere in the states, but we can suspend reality for an hour and the half. This is definitely one of those films where you think you have the killer figured out right from the beginning, but when you find out who the real killer is, it’ll blow your mind. So be careful on that end when watching the film because it could be anyone. The acting in the film was very solid and while there were some interesting looking characters in the film, they did a really good job for the most part. Dario Argento was a master of cinema in his day with so many amazing films under his belt, but I feel as though this is one of his lesser known works. It definitely shouldn’t be because the film was amazing. I feel like any scene in the film with Tony Musante was really good, but the one that stands out to me was when he visited a painter. After having something to eat, he asks him why he cages his cat? Well, I think you can figure out why he cages the cats for yourself. You should definitely check this out if you are a fan of Italian Horror or just classic horror films in general. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.