original Italian title: MYSTERE
also released as DAGGER EYES and MURDER NEAR PERFECT
and THE KILLER AND PROSTITUTE
starring: Carole Bouquet · John Steiner · Philip Coccioletti · Janet
Agren · Gabriele Tinti
a 'presidential' parade in the square, German photographer Reinhardt
accidentally snaps a photo of an assassination, as the politician and
his wife come by waving from the backseat of a convertible. He also
gets a picture of the killer [see pic upper left]. Undercover Russian
spies [responsible for the hit] want the negatives. The photographer
agrees to their cash offer and decides to wait for the rendezvous in
the company of a couple hookers, Pamela and Mystère. He hides
the negatives in his gold cigarette lighter just before the girls arrive.
But, as it turns out, Pamela is a bit of a thief. And while Mystère
is dutifully doing her job in bed, Pamela steals the lighter and sticks
it in her partners purse. After the girls leave, they both get picked
up by other johns and go separate directions. Pamela is murdered and
Mystère - unknowingly with the lighter in her possession - is
the next target.
film is like a sleazy James Bond thriller, with a gang of Russian spies
killing prostitutes 'who know too much' after the assassination of a
politician (in a scene that mirrors the Kennedy killing in Dallas).
Speaking of James Bond, actress Carole Bouquet originally found fame
two years earlier as a Bond-girl in For Your Eyes Only.
After this movie she spent a decade as the major model/spokesperson
for Chanel. Today, Miss Bouquet owns and operates vineyards in Pantelleria,
Agren, born in 1949, was a Swedish actress who relocated to Italy for
a prestigious modeling position. After meeting exploitation producer
Carlo Maietto, she began starring in his productions. They married in
1975 and she continued in a smorgasbord of genre films. Janet is probably
best known for RAT
OF THE SHARKS, KILLER
RESERVED NINE SEATS and EATEN
ALIVE BY CANNIBALS. She quit acting in the early '90s, filed
for divorce and moved to the United States. Today she lives in Miami
Florida where she works as an interior decorator.
Vanzina was a workhorse studio director, responsible for helming 75+
movies between 1976-2017. He is best known for the Giallo NOTHING
UNDERNEATH and for producing the sequel TOO
BEAUTIFUL TO DIE. Mr Vanzina died from a stroke in July 2018
at age 67.
film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; widescreen format, uncut
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras includes selected