When a man barely survives a brutal assault en route home from a New Year's party, washed-up, whisky-swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) is assigned to report on the case. Before long, the maniac strikes again, this time with fatal results. As the body count rises, Andrea falls under suspicion himself, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. His only clue lies in a series of black gloves found at the location of every attack, each with a finger cut off...
Moments of brilliance
- The Fifth Cord review by RD
It's not quite your average Gialli, which is unsurprising coming from the director of Footsteps on the Moon and The Possessed, though this film feels more in tune with that genre than say The Possessed, which is as much arthouse as it is a thriller. The performances are definitely a cut above in The Fifth Cord and there's more than a hint of Argento at his best about the film though it is a bit slow to get going, but nevertheless there are moments of visual brilliance throughout. Despite its slight shortcomings it is a film that definitely leaves you feeling enriched for having watched it, which is more than you can say for most films than exist as entertainment. Alongside his other work, it is a film that makes you wish Bazzoni had just made more films.