The Masks of Villains

2008 | If Looks Could Kill


Follow Me Quietly

A faceless dummy of a serial killer haunts a police department in this atmospheric noir thriller directed by Richard Fleischer. The dummy is created to represent an elusive strangler who calls himself “The Judge” and whom the frustrated detective Harry Grant attempts to reconstruct from a handful of clues, such as body size and suit fabric. More »

The Tenth Victim

In a distant 21st century where the world lusts for violence, an international organisation called “The Big Hunt” has legalised murder. Things get heated when the game’s top players become Victim and Hunter. More »

Blood and Black Lace

Camp as its title may sound, this creation from the Italian horror maverick Mario Bava is considered a quintessential giallo thriller and a masterpiece, and has a cult following among the likes of Quentin Tarantino. Filmed under the working title “The Fashion House of Death”, it revolves around dubious secrets involving a group of nerve-wracked fashion models, and a certain red diary. More »

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

With his sharp directorial debut The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, the ex-film critic Dario Argento paid homage to director Mario Bava, reviving interest in Italian horror internationally. Here he fashions a mysterious figure clad in a shiny black PVC raincoat and black leather gloves who slashes beautiful young women. Argento’s highly stylised pursuit of the killer is accompanied by a haunting score by Ennio Morricone. More »

The Colour of Nothingness

The modern detective genre deals with the problem of identification in a society where identity is no longer emblazoned in outward appearances. The arrest of a criminal depends not only upon capture, but also, and even more fundamentally, on identification. The ability to disguise oneself becomes an essential strategy for criminal behaviour, at least in the imagination of crime fiction. More »