A brutal tale of abduction and psychological torment involving three maniac criminals who gun down a bunch of police and civilians before taking a woman, a middle-aged man, and a small child hostage—forcing them to embark on a tension fueled getaway to escape Rome. Unpredictable scumlord heathens with frenzied aggression, revved up escalating tension, and tons of claustrophobic camera angles—Mario Bava’s grime crime thriller is a gut wrenching intense road trip to no hopes-ville and quite possibly the most manic panic themed nightmare into nihilism as anything he’s ever done.
This is a vast departure from Bava’s more colorful gothic tales he’s best remembered for, holding back his more audacious visual style in favor of claustrophobic action and suffocatingly tight tension—upping the crazed suspense level well into the danger zone. Definitely a scorcher. George Eastman is a crazy person.
I actually like the Kidnapped cut just as much... I revisited both cuts before logging this on LB.