THE CRIMES OF THE BLACK CAT
A.K.A. Sette scialli di seta gialla, Seven Shawls of Yellow Silk
1972 / Italy / Giallo / Director – Sergio Pastore
9 Lives Fueled by Murder !
A mysterious murder and a strange, hushed conversation lead a blind musician into the path of a vicious killer in Sergio Pastore’s sleazy 1972 giallo: The Crimes of the Black Cat!
After a young model seemingly dies of a heart attack, her lover, Peter Oliver (Anthony Steffen, The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave, Django the Bastard) and his butler begin their own investigation into the death and soon find an intertwined series of murders, all involving a cat and a yellow shawl. One step ahead of the police, but always right behind the killer, Peter manages to piece together clue after clue until the final, shocking showdown with the bloodthirsty killer.
Released in the shadows of Dario Argento’s wildly successful The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (and one of over 30 Italian giallo films produced in 1972), The Crimes of the Black Cat delivers the style of a classic giallo with sleazy, over the top violence that rivals Italian films from a decade later. Despite its pedigree of talent including Sylva Koscina (Lisa and the Devil), Renato De Carmine (Challenge to White Fang), Giacomo Rossi Stuart (Death Smiles at a Murderer, Shanghai Joe), Umberto Raho (Amuck, Summertime Killer), and Annabella Incontrera (The Case of the Blood Iris), an eerie score by Manuel De Sica (Dellamorte Dellamore), and behind the scenes work from Fabrizio De Angelis (producer of Zombie, The Beyond) The Crimes of the Black Cat has been largely ignored on home video. Previously unavailable in HD or in the proper aspect ratio, The Crimes of the Black Cat makes its worldwide Blu-Ray debut with an uncut 4K restoration via Cauldron Films.
- Remembering Sergio Pastore – Interview with Sara Pastore
- Sergio Pastore – Un Ammirevole Indipendente
- Commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
- Commentary track with Fragments of Fear – A Giallo Podcast
- Image Gallery
- English audio
- Italian audio
- English subtitles
- Optional English SDH subtitles
- 2.35:1 aspect ratio
- Uncut 4K restoration from 35mm archival materials
- Reverse Blu-ray wrap featuring Italian poster art