The Dead Eyes of London

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"A city of fear becomes a city of death!"
  • NR
  • 1961
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.4  (1,256)

The Dead Eyes of London is a classic thriller from 1961, directed by Alfred Vohrer and based on a novel by Edgar Wallace. The movie stars Joachim Fuchsberger as Inspector Larry Holt, a determined police detective who is tasked with investigating a series of brutal murders that are terrorizing the city of London. The storyline follows the twisted and suspenseful investigation of Inspector Holt as he attempts to find out who is behind the string of murders in which wealthy businessmen have been targeted and their eyes taken out. The investigation leads Holt to a sinister criminal organization that is operating right under the nose of the law.

The movie starts with the gruesome death of an elderly businessman, who was found dead with his eyes gouged out. As more similar murders are reported, Inspector Holt is assigned to the case. He soon discovers that all the victims were clients of a blind charity organization called "Blind Care."

While investigating, Inspector Holt meets one of the organization's patrons, Nora Ward, played by Karin Baal. Nora is being followed by the same people that Holt thinks are responsible for the murders. With Nora's help, Holt discovers that the Blind Care organization is being used as a front for a sinister criminal organization that is led by the ruthless Dr. Orloff, played by Dieter Borsche.

Dr. Orloff is a brilliant and ruthless villain who is using the organization to commit robberies, murders and gain power. He has a team of violent and unsettling henchmen who carry out his orders without question. The tension rising with nearly every scene, Inspector Holt races against time to stop the criminals from taking more lives.

The movie is set in the foggy streets of London, adding a gothic atmosphere. The viewer is kept on the edge of their seat from beginning to end with clever plot twists and chases through the dark alleys of London. As the investigation progresses, more and more dangerous secrets come to light, revealing how deeply the criminal organization is entrenched in London's society.

Joachim Fuchsberger gives a convincing performance as the determined Inspector Holt, who is not afraid to take risks to investigate the crimes. He is assisted by his loyal colleague Sgt. Harvey who aids him in profiling and uncovering the truth behind the murders. Karin Baal is excellent as the young woman who becomes unintentionally involved in the investigation, leading to hazardous results.

The film's exceptional cinematography plays a significant role in creating suspenseful scenes. The frequent use of shadows and silhouettes is effective in creating an ominous atmosphere, and the camera angles, together with the lighting and visual effects, enhance the thrill and excitement, making it an unforgettable experience.

The Dead Eyes of London is an impressive thriller that showcases excellent performances, intense action sequences, and a well-crafted plot that will keep the viewer guessing until the very end. The film is undoubtedly one of the best examples of the German krimi genre that emerged during the 1960s, which combined elements of horror, film noir, and whodunit murder mysteries.

Overall, The Dead Eyes of London is a classic, sixties-style suspense movie that deserves to be amongst the greats of thriller movies. It’s perfect for fans of classic horror, gothic suspense, and detective stories.

The Dead Eyes of London is a 1961 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

The Dead Eyes of London
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    6.4  (1,256)