Gothic horror and Italian gialli are my favorite sub-genres. Naturally, I was excited to discover "Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye" - an Italian giallo that is set at a crumbling, turn-of-the-century Scottish castle that is replete with secret passageways, dungeons, mausoleums, fog enshrouded landscapes, and night creatures such as bats and rats. This film is directed by famous Antonio Margheriti who directed the giallo "Naked You Die," which was co-written by Mario Bava. A great musical score is provided by Riz Ortolani who also provided the score for Lucio Fulci's "Perversion Story."
Beautiful Corringa (Jane Birken of "Blow-Up") is expelled from her convent school; she returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling castle owned by her Aunt Mary who is in financial straits. One by one, Corringa's strange relatives and associates are murdered by means of suffocation, throat slashing, and bludgeoning. Most everyone is a suspect until they are found dead. The ending is shocking. I never guessed who the killer was. This is a very enjoyable whodunit from Margheriti. It is highly recommended for fans of Italian gialli and gothic horror.