MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1971)










Obscurities galore as we catch up on the movie countdown: #51 is the 1971 Roger Corman production Murders in the Rue Morgue, which is one of the slowest moving most pedestrian adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe you will find anywhere. Jason Robards has never looked more bored as members of his theatrical troupe keep getting murdered in turn of the century Paris. This uncut 98-minute version doesn't help entertain all that much...#52 is the movie known by many names, 1976's Sha...dows in an Empty Room (i was more amused by the alternate title Blazing Magnums). It's an Italian-Canadian co-production shot in Montreal with an Italian crew. Stuart Whitman is an Ottawa police captain who comes to Montreal to investigate his sister's death. His methods become more brutal as he finds out more about his sister's killer - and his sister! This has a great car chase, a decent plot and Martin Landau & John Saxon in supporting parts. Saxon has little to do here, but in #53, La Legge Violenta Della Squadra Anticrimine (aka Cross Shot in the USA) (1976), Saxon is a Dirty Harry-type cop chasing a killer who is being pursued by both the cops and Lee J. Cobb's mafia. A little dull for an Italian crime flick and Cobb looks shaky and weak in his last film.

TLA one-word reviews: trippy/unmemorable/meh


THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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