Qualcosa Striscia nel Buio (1971, ITA) C-96m. *** D: Mario Colucci. Starring Farley Granger, Lucia Bosé, Stan Cooper (=Stelvio Rosi), Mia Genberg, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Dino Fazio. Italian mystery chiller about a group of people who are surrounded by high water and must seek refuge in a secluded villa one night. Among this group are an inspector keeping a criminal in custody, an estranged couple, and a professor with a faible for seances. Suspenseful, atmospheric giallo with a good score by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, who also appears as the professor. Bogs down in the second half but still worthwhile. Its premise was ripped off for the Hollywood thriller IDENTITY (2003). English titles: SOMETHING CREEPING IN THE DARK, SOMETHING IS CRAWLING IN THE DARK, SHADOWS IN THE DARK, and PHANTOM ASSASSIN.


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