Eyes of Crystal / Occhi di cristallo (2004)

4.0 out of 5

Despite being being born at the peak of the giallo film wave, director Eros Puglielli, here, manages to capture something that will certainly appeal to fans of the golden age classics. For, while Eyes of Crystal is stylistically, at least, very much a twenty-first century film, it is, at the same time, a giallo of the most traditional sort. This may well be, in part, due to the involvement of a genre veteran. Because, here, writing credits are shared with Rings of Fear writer and frequent Dario Argento collaborator, Franco Ferrini. Moving at a good clip, with psychoanalytical themes, creepy dolls and human taxidermy create an eerie and unsettling ambience that is punctuated by some fairly hefty gore sequences.

Lead Luigi Lo Cascio, star of Buongiorno, notte, occasionally chews scenery as he puts in a troubled cop performance which at times rivals the intensity of Tomas Milian's turn in Almost Human.

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