Film #182: KNIFE OF ICE aka IL COLTELLO DI GHIACCIO aka SILENT HORROR
Knife of Ice (aka Il coltello di ghiaccio aka Silent Horror)
2.75 out of 5 stars
Umberto Lenzi (CANNIBAL FEROX, NIGHTMARE CITY) directs this 1972 murder mystery / pseudo-giallo and delivers an outing that, while not as good as his SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS, is decidedly better than say, SPASMO or EYEBALL. The story is interesting in that it features a mute lead, but it’s kills are almost entirely bloodless and implied rather than explicit. Still, the story moves along with only a few dull parts and the acting is all generally ok. The film ends in a patented “Oh, gee… I didn’t see that coming” that is so prevalent in this type of film, but it’s not so oblique as to make up for the film’s shortcomings. The film does have its moments, but again… they come too few and too far between. Giallo freaks will want to check this one out since Lenzi can sometimes craft an interesting flick, but… if this is your first exposure to the genre, you may want to look elsewhere (for better). Fun, but by no means something you MUST see.