NINE GUESTS FOR A CRIME (1977) Reviews of Giallo murder mystery

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Nine Guests for a Crime is a 1977 Italian murder mystery film in which vacationers on a remote Mediterranean Island are killed one by one.

Directed by Ferdinando Baldi (Treasure of the Four Crowns; Terror Express!; Django, Prepare a Coffin) from a screenplay written by Fabio Pittorru (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times; The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave; The Weekend Murders), very loosely based [uncredited] on Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None.

Produced by Mario di Nardo (Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century; Un modo di essere donna) and Mario Forges Davanzati (Geometra Prinetti selvaggiamente Osvaldo).

The International Movies-Rewind Film co-production stars Arthur Kennedy (The Humanoid; The Sentinel; The Antichrist; Let Sleeping Corpses Lie), John Richardson (The Church; Murder Obsession; Eyeball; Torso; Black Sunday), Sofia Dionisio (Ring of Darkness; Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man; My Dear Killer), Massimo Foschi (Holocaust 2000; Last Cannibal World), Dana Ghia,  Caroline Laurence, Loretta Persichetti (The Executors), Rita Silva and Venantino Venantini (The Exterminators of the Year 3000; City of the Living Dead; Terror Express! Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eyes).

The soundtrack score was composed by Carlo Savina (recycled from Reflections in Black; The Killer Reserved Nine Seats; Lisa and the Devil; The Legend of Blood Castle).

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Reviews:
“It’s one of those movies where everyone potentially has a motive to kill (as is usually the case when an inheritance is involved) yet one possibility seems so obvious from so early on that you’re positive that’s not where they’re going… until they do. Predictability ends up relegating this mostly to the travelogue category as this features some breathtaking scenery in Sardinia.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

” …there is plenty of gratuitous female nudity and J&B drinking. But if all the check-boxes are thereby ticked, what’s largely lacking is the sense doing much beyond going through the motions, in taking an approach that is more personal or attuned to the specifics of the film, whether in a supportive or subversive manner.” Giallo Fever

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“Nice scenery, couple of shots of female stars naked and some brutal murders sums it up pretty much. The tension that should have built between characters as they suspect each other to be the murderer just isn’t there.” Kult Eye Bleeder

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“The script from Fabio Pittorru isn’t the most original story ever told but it is very brisk in its pacing and its execution. The flashback scene sets the stage in interesting ways for what’s to come and a few of the murder set pieces that play out are surprisingly nasty. The score from Carlo Savina is also pretty decent…” Rock! Shock! Pop!

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“Characters react to the increasingly horrific events by getting sloppy drunk and ranting even louder at each other while the surprise twist is one most viewers will have seen coming a mile away. Features the classic line: “Now the puppy has grown up and secretly become a tiger!” Priceless.” The Spinning Image

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