CRYSTAL EYES (2017) Reviews of Argentinian Giallo

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Crystal Eyes is a 2017 Argentinian Giallo horror thriller feature film directed by Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano from a screenplay written by Endelman and Leandro Montejano. The movie stars Silvia Montanari, Anahí Politi and Erika Boveri. Original title: Mirada de cristal [“Crystal Look”]

1985: A series of murders are taking place in the glamorous and colourful fashion world. Police detective Amaldi (Luigi Lo Cascio), haunted by a troubled past, is hunting for the cultured, highly intelligent psychotic killer.

As the hunt for this murderer leads Amaldi deeper into the moral decay of his city, he must race against time to save a beautiful young woman before it is too late…

“For casual viewers, the nature of the film will be irrelevant, but hopefully they’ll be drawn into what for me was quite a unique mix of elements. Crystal Eyes is a blast and one of the best evocations of the era I’ve seen. A minor triumph and an instant cult classic.” The Hollywood News

” …this latter-day giallo punctuates its skilfully executed stalk-and-kill set pieces with marvellously bitchy dialogue (“It seems you were born in a manger!”), eyebrow acting and the movie year’s finest shoulder pads. It’s a strikingly stylish calling card for co-directors Endelman and Montejano, who work wonders on a tiny budget and have fun with primary colours, subjective camerawork and jokey false scares…” Horrorscreams Videovault

” … the campest, craziest, loudest giallo tribute movie ever to make it out of South America […] Some amazing tributes to Dario Argento on a tiny budget (well done with those Suspiria sets, guys!) and a superbly bonkers ending…” House of Mortal Cinema

“With a killer that seems to come out of Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma, 1980) but a trash version, with an incredible eighties soundtrack that envies the legendary collaborator and musician of Argento’s cinema, Claudio Simonetti, the film is further proof of the talent within the national fantasy genre. The only criticism is that at some point it overdoes its tributes, but that is somewhat minimal compared to the great achievements.” Loco x El Cine [translated from Spanish]

” …what it lacks in resources it more than compensates with its passionate attention to tone and detail. The glamorous cast of young beauties and Argentinean screen veterans add to the high camp atmosphere, but at a time when the global horror scene seems desperate to recapture past success rather than forge a new path of its own, Crystal Eyes feels like a stretch too far.” Screen Anarchy

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