Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 6th, 2004
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, February 3rd, 1972
Director: Tonino Valerii
Writers: Franco Bucceri, José Gutiérrez Maesso, Roberto Leoni, Tonino Valerii
Cast: George Hilton, Salvo Randone, William Berger, Marilù Tolo
DVD Released: April 29th, 2003
Approximate Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Shriek Show
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: Paradisi (Piero Lulli) an ex-insurance investigator is murder while excavating a recently flooded quarry. Inspector Luca Peretti (George Hilton) assigned to find out who killed Paradisi and what was he doing at that quarry. Inspector Peretti finds out that Paradisi was investigating the deaths of a wealthy industrialist and his young daughter. In true giallo fashion the killer stays a step ahead of Inspector Peretti by disposing of clues and witnesses.
Tonino Valerii began his career directing spaghetti westerns and he is best remembered for directing such classics like Day of Anger and My Name is Nobody. In 1972 he would direct My Dear Killer his only attempt at a giallo. George Hilton is no stranger to the giallo genre starring several classic’s like Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, The Case of the Bloody Iris, All the Colors of the Dark, The Killer Must Strike Again and Next! My Dear Killer has a straight forward linear plot that focuses more on police procedure and the overall tone isn’t as violent or sleazy as most giallo made in the early 1970’s. Tonino Valerii keeps the pacing tight while keeping the film within the traditional giallo standards and rules. He even delivers a few brutal set pieces like the scene when the school teacher is murder with a circular saw. Twelve years later in Body Double Brian de Palma would use a power drill to similar effect.
The ever reliable George Hilton gives an adequate performance as Inspector Peretti. The film has a strong supporting cast and Tonino Valerii uses them to their fullest potential. Ennio Morricone’s scores are an integral part to every film he works on success and with My Dear Killer he uses sorrowful coral vocals to accentuate one of his more restrained scores. Overall My Dear Killer is a classic giallo that was made at the height of the genre’s popularity before the onslaught of imitators that help kill the genre off by the late 1970’s.
My Dear Killer is presented in its original 2:35:1 aspect ratio and it has been enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs. Flesh tones appear natural through out and grain is kept to a minimum. The colors are strong and the black levels are solid. My Dear Killer is another exceptional transfer from Shriek Show as they rescue another obscure giallo by giving it its best home video release to date. The DVD comes with only one audio option a Dolby Digital English Dubbed Mono track. The dialog is clean and easy to follow the mono track gets the job done. Ennio Morricone’s beautiful score has never sounded better as there is no sign of hiss or distortion.
Extras include an interview with Tonino Valerii and George Hilton that run’s about 13 minutes both participants speak in Italian and English subtitles have been included. The subtitles are easy to read and follow. Other extras include trailers for Spasmo, What Have You Done to Solange?, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids and Hitcher in The Dark. My Dear Killer’s trailer for some reason has not been included. Shriek Show’s My Dear Killer DVD is a must purchase that should be in every giallo fans collection.