The corpses are piling up at St. Hilda's School for Girls, leaving top cop Michael Rennie with more than the usual suspects. Is the killer Mark Damon? Peeping Tom Luciano Pigozzi? Or someone else? Mario Bava's original script "Cry Nightmare" was entrusted to director Antonio Margheriti. Be sure to see the Italian version which runs 98 mins. (the film was hacked by 15 minutes and retitled by American International Pictures to show mainly at drive-ins). Written byMonty BrittonActors:
Mark Damon,Eleonora Brown,Michael Rennie,Sally Smith,Patrizia Valturri,Ludmila Lvova,Luciano Pigozzi,Franco De Rosa,Vivian Stapleton,Ester Masing,Aldo De Carellis,Giovanni Di Benedetto,Valentino Macchi,Umberto Papiri,Caterina TrentiniGenre: Year:
1968Imdb: click here
"While this is quite a popular giallo thanks largely to its sensationalistic title and the fact that the film was originally conceived, as CRY NIGHTMARE, by Mario Bava its reputation is rather mixed and, having watched the thing for myself, with good reason! Not only is there barely any nudity (with the violence being similarly tame!) but the plot itself despite the much-used girl-college setting (among the picture's myriad alternate titles are SCHOOLGIRL KILLER and THE MINISKIRT MURDERS!) is fairly weak
references to Alfred Hithcock's PSYCHO  and Bava's own THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH  notwithstanding or, for that matter, its own affinity with another far superior effort from Margheriti himself, SEVEN DEATHS IN THE CAT'S EYE , and Dario Argento's PHENOMENA )! Besides, the whole giallo atmosphere is further nipped in the bud with an overwhelming light touch courtesy of a vivacious girl student who fancies herself a sleuth! Of course, the script supplies plenty of red herrings with at least three characters made out to be the possible killer but the revelation at the climax brings little surprise (while admittedly effectively handled); the attempted murder at the pool, however, is simply ludicrous"