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Mino (Franco Nero), son of the Countess (Olga Solbelli) is set to marry
young Laura (Erika Blanc), even if this is against his mother's wishes,
who has a borderline incestuous relationship with him. So the good
Countess asks her maid Marta (Gioia Pascal), who's secretly in love with
Mino, to see to it that Laura has an accident ... and wouldn't you know
it, the next time Laura takes a drive, her brakes don't work, and she has
that little accident and dies. Incidently, Mino is the first at the scene
of the accident ... and incidently, Laura's corpse is gone before the
Meanwhile back home, Marta and the Countess get into a fight because
the Countess refuses to let MArta marry her son, instead fires her, which
ends in Marta throwing the Countess down some stairs to her death - which
also looks like an accident.
Days, maybe months later: To overcome his grief, Mino decides to go
out, and he gets lucky when he's able to pick up a stripper (Marina
Morgan), whom he takes home and shags in the room he once shared with
Laura. But when the stripper pulls away the sheet of Laura's bed, she
finds the corpse of Laura, perfectly mummified by amateur taxidermist Mino
... and when she starts screaming, he strangles her.
Startled by the scream, Marta rushes into the room, but when she finds
the dead stripper, she is not at all surprised or shocked but helps him
get rid of the corpse.
Days later, Mino picks up a prostitute - with pretty much the same
results. Marta realizes she has the upper hand and threatens to leave
Mino, unless he marries her. Mino, who quite obviously can't cope alone,
gives in to her demands ... until Daniela, Laura's little sister and a
splitting image of her, arrives at Minos residence, and Mino immediately
falls in love with her and forgets everything he has promised to Marta ...
but he also starts losing grip with reality, starts to call Daniela Laura
and believes that his mother is still alive. Marta soon realizes all of
this must be Daniela's fault and tries to kill her with a knife ...
however she is stopped cold by Mino who kills her instead. Trying to get
away, Daniela stumbles upon Laura's corpse, which is more than she can
handle, and she faints ...
When Daniela comes to again, she sits in the car next to Mino who has
clearly lost his mind, has become convinced that she is Laura and that
they are going to marry - but to keep her from running away, he has a gun
pointed at her.
Ultimately, he stops the car at a beach in the middle of nowhere and
tries to rape her, when the police - whom Daniela has somehow managed to
notify - finally arrives to arrest him. Mino at that point is so gone that
he doesn't even realize what happens ...
This little seen thriller from Italy was quite obviously inspired by
Hitchcock's Psycho, without ever achieving that film's brilliance.
In fact, Il Terzo Occhio is a rather dull little film that is much
too caught up in its way too constructed narrative to really create
suspense, to a point where even the more shocking moments of the movie -
like the stripper finding Laura's corpse - fail to really shock.
In all it's a rather disappointing little film, but at least it
features a powerful performance by Franco Nero ... and it has most
certainly inspired Joe D'Amato to Buio Omega, one of his
better gore films.