Entering into the giallo’s golden period, Fragments of Fear takes an in-depth look at Sergio Pastore’s The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972). Heavily indebted to the early gialli of Dario Argento, Peter and Rachael take a look at the way in which the new Italian thriller influenced The Crimes of the Black Cat and the ways in which Pastore incorporated Argento like flourishes into his film. They also take a gander at The Crime of the Black Cat’s sympathetic approach to its female characters, the giallo’s predilection with the fashion house and the film’s shocking Psycho inspired crescendo:

Crimes Of The Black Cat certainly is an enjoyable romp, complete with a typically-outlandish method of murder. It also stars Anthony Steffen, who fans will probably know from his turns in the equally fun ‘The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave’.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

A mysterious killer is murdering fashion models by using a black cat’s poisonous claws. The boyfriend of one one of the victims overhears a conversation by someone he believes may be the killer, but can’t identify him as he is blind.

And here’s a trailer:

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle