Movie Review: Watch Me When I Kill (Special Edition) Blu-ray + CD

Watch Me When I Kill (aka Il gatto dagli occhi di giada) was directed by Antonio Bido from a screenplay he co-wrote with Roberto Natale, Vittorio Schiraldi and Aldo Serio and stars Corrado Pani, Paola Tedesco, Franco Citti and Fernando Cerulli. The music is by Trans Europa Express.

Antonio Bido (Bloodstained Shadow) directs this Italian shocker! Mara (Paola Tedesco), a beautiful young nightclub dancer, witnesses a brutal murder and soon finds herself stalked by an animalistic gloved killer! While enlisting the help of her boyfriend Lukas (Corrado Pani) to track down and stop the maniac, the mystery surrounding the killings is slowly uncovered. As more bodies are found and secrets are uncovered, the truth behind the masked slasher is much more horrifying than anyone could imagine! A stylish and well-plotted mystery/thriller, Watch Me When I Kill (aka Il gatto dagli occhi di giada) is a graphic and suspenseful Italian giallo reminiscent of both Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

The story for this 1977 giallo centers around a beautiful nightclub dancer who’s being stalked by a glove wearing serial killer after she witnesses a murder. This mysterious figure is now after her so she recruits the help and protection of her boyfriend as the killer continues murdering unsuspecting people around them. Her boyfriend does some snooping that slowly gets him closer to the elusive killer. There’s a few suspects who get introduced as the story plays out but the killing continues until the gloved maniac finally comes face-to-face with the young woman. This is when a diabolical new twist is introduced as everything and everyone are ultimately revealed.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. You can see it down below. The Blu-ray and CD also feature their own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Watch Me When I Kill has been given a new 4K transfer of the original negative, with color correction performed by Synapse Films. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this Blu-ray release.

Bottom line is, Watch Me When I Kill ended up being another first time watch for me, and even though this one falls into the giallo subgenre, it’s kind of a suspense-filled strange brew when it comes to these kind of movies. This Italian obscurity is a psychological thriller through and through and it features a mysterious sadistic killer that comes with a major plot twist but it’s just a weird watch but the giallo influence is definitely present. With that being said. I’m always down for checking out something new and I did enjoy this twisted psychological thriller. It’s a really good movie with a great soundtrack and something a little different when it comes to giallos. Synapse Films is always good at digging up hard to find or long-lost obscurities and I thought they did a great job with the 4K upgrade for this 1977 creeper. Watch Me When I Kill is now available on a Special Edition Blu-ray + CD.

Distributor: Synapse Films

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) All Regions

Blu-ray Audio: Italian and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono / Music Only DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English and English SDH

Special Features: The extras include an alternate opening sequence, two trailers, a TV spot, radio spots, audio commentary, an interview, three short films and a bonus CD featuring the soundtrack.

  • U.S. Opening Title Sequence (07:36)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:20)
  • Television Trailer (00:35)
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots (01:27)
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Author, Nathaniel Thompson
  • UK Interview with Academic Mikel Koven on Watch Me When I Kill (10:55)
  • Three short films from director Antonio Bido:
  1. Danza Macabra (14:15)
  2. Mendelssohn Im Judischen Museum Berlin (12:29)
  3. Marche Funebre D’une Marionette (07:22)
  • BONUS CD SOUNDTRACK (PACKED ONLY IN THE BLU-RAY RELEASE) of the amazing film score by prog-rockers Trans-Europa Express!
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