The Fiend (1977)
aka Il Mostro
Genre: Comedy | Mystery | Thriller | Giallo
Country: Italy | Director: Luigi Zampa
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 94mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 866×498 – 25fps – 1.44gb
Dorreli is a low rank journalist, with a desk next to the toilet at Tribuna Sera newspaper. His correspondence contains a serial killer’s letters, which he exploits. Circulation jumps. It takes him a while to realise the identity of the killer. While all this is happening, Johnnie neglects his red head son.
Intriguing Italian mix of comedy and giallo. We are closer to the Volonte thrillers than Dario Argento here.
Top rank technicians on form, though Morricone has done more distinctive work. Formidable central performance and direction which manages to mix bad taste comedy, murder mystery and comment on contemporary press ethics, parenting and publicity.