Watch Me When I Kill/Review
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
A murder has taken place at a local pharmacy and, as fate would have it, aspiring dancer/actress Mara (Paola Tedesco) just popped in to get some aspirin—and heard the killer’s voice. Can she identify him? Is she now in danger?
This Italian-made whodunit (originally titled Cat with the Jade Eyes), is filled with twists and turns and a cast of characters who all seem suspicious. There’s Lukas (Corrado Pani) Mara’s private investigator boyfriend, and there’s a chilly spinster, a skittish judge, an indifferent best friend, and an invalid from the past.
Director Antonio Bido presents the film with a number of minuses: no female nudity, obscene language, sex scenes, or car chases—staples of the exploitation genre. He does, however, supply a bit of gore—a face burning is particularly ghastly. The violence comes in spurts—one unfortunate character is strangled and drowned in the bathtub, but is decidedly offset by poolside conversations, a visit to an old folk’s home, and dancing at the local disco.
More a mystery than the screaming title implies, Watch Me While I Kill has fine acting, great cinematography and memorable music. The downbeat final act is a genuine surprise.
Josiah Howard is the author of four books including Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide (now in a fourth printing). His writing credits include articles for the American Library of Congress, The New York Times and Readers Digest. A veteran of more than one hundred radio broadcasts, Howard also lectures on cinema and is a frequent guest on entertainment news television. Visit his Official Website.