The Evil Eye (1963)

Article #576 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 10-12-2002
Posting date: 3-7-2003

A woman believes she has witnessed a murder, and then undertakes to discover the truth of the situation herself.

There’s a beautiful shot in this movie of the light shining through two bullet holes in a door; it is a great example of where some of the appeal lies in Mario Bava movies in its exemplary use of light and dark. THE EVIL EYE is not a good title in itself; the alternate title, THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, is both a better description and makes manifest a certain Hitchcockian feel to this movie. Though the tale itself is quite suspenseful, particularly in a sequence where the heroine follows a voice in an old building, there is a surprising amount of humor in this movie; there’s even shtick involving John Saxon’s broken thumb at several points. I haven’t really seen enough giallo at this point to say whether this is where the whole genre began, but I’ve heard it referred to as such, so I’ll leave it to others to decide. At any rate, this movie is a great deal of fun and well worth catching.

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