|Writers:||Umberto Lenzi and Félix Tusell|
|Starring:||Martine Brochard, John Richardson and Ines Pellegrini.|
|The Plot: While on a trip to Spain, a bus full of tourists stop off to have a quick look-see around the city. However, when one of these tourists turns up stabbed multiple times and with one eyeball missing, the entire group is forced to hang around while the mystery is sorted out. As members of the group start to die one by one, the tourists become distrustful of one another and they begin to search for the killer. Could it be the priest who suspiciously went to the hospital in order to visit one of the victims? Maybe its the woman with mud on her shoes who was caught washing them off after a murder took place in a similar mudpit? Could it be Mark’s ex-wife, who is supposed to be back at home due to a violent mental breakdown? Only time will tell. As the violence escalates, our killer, who dons a red raincoat that covers his/her body, remains on the prowl for fresh new eyeballs.
The film most assuredly does not stand out in terms of its plot, which is far from the most original of stories. While the killer’s obsession with eyeballs is certainly different and presents a unique twist on the generic masked killer motif, it still doesn’t remain all that original. We’ve seen killers take trophies before and the general plot for the movie has been done to death. This sort of production was so common at the time that the only thing that would usually set these movies apart were their locales. This time around we have the same Agatha Christie (Ten Little Indians) inspired storyline that features rich socialites being picked off one by one, only instead of being set within Italy or England, the film is set in Spain. The beats remain the same, however, and one by one we will see eyeballs plucked out by a deranged killer of the bourgeois. If you have seen more than a few giallo titles, you know that at some point one of our rich protagonists will fill in for the role of a amateur detective and help solve the mystery just as everything starts to tie together. The conventions are rife within this picture and although it tries to differentiate itself from similar films, there’s only so much that it can really do.