Gli occhi freddi della paura (1971)

Cold Eyes of Fear poster

English Title: Cold Eyes of Fear
Cinemar
Starring:
 Fernando Rey, Giovanna Ralli
Directed by: Enzo G. Castellari

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: A lawyer named Arthur Welt (Frank Wolff) arrives home with a woman named Anna (Giovanna Ralli) whom he has just met, only their quiet evening is interrupted by a creepy intruder.

Featured Feline: Arthur’s father is Judge Bedell (Fernando Rey) who calls after the intruder has shown up. During their conversation we see a long haired cream-colored cat on the judge’s desk.

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat on desk of Judge Bedell Fernando Rey

After the conversation, the Judge pets the cat and asks of his son, “When will that lad learn to have some sense?” He then sets the cat on the floor and we see it cross from the desk.

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat on desk petted by Judge Bedell Fernando Rey

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat on desk petted by Judge Bedell Fernando Rey

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat lifted from desk by Judge Bedell Fernando Rey

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat walking near desk where Judge Bedell Fernando Rey is sitting

The cat is seen on the man’s desk several times after this.

Cold Eyes of Fear - close up of cream-colored long-haired cat

Cold Eyes of Fear - close up of cream-colored long-haired cat

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat on desk of Judge Bedell Fernando Rey

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat on desk being petted by Judge Bedell Fernando Rey

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat on desk of Judge Bedell Fernando Rey

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat sleeping on desk close

At the end of the film the door to the Judge’s chamber is booby trapped with a wire to set off a bomb, but he is warned in time by a constable. As the constable works to unwind the wire from the door handle, the Judge hangs on to the slightly open door, trying not to move it. Of course this is when the cat decides it wants to leave and tries to push through the door!

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat trying to get through door that is cracked open

There are several suspenseful moments when we see the cat trying to get through the door. When it finally does, the constable has managed to free the wire.

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat trying to get through door that is cracked open

Cold Eyes of Fear - cream-colored long-haired cat trying to get through door that is cracked open

Bonus Kitty:  The DVD version we watched included an intro by Eileen Daly originally filmed for Bravo UK in which she introduces the film as her Redemption TV character Dark Angel along with a cat companion named Matuse ” . . . whose IQ is greater than the combined brain power of eight social workers.”

Cold Eyes of Fear - small tortoiseshell cat on leash

Cold Eyes of Fear - small tortoiseshell cat on leash with Dark Angel Eileen Daly

Final Mewsings: Cats pick the darnedest times to want to go out!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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