original title: Il Cartaio
Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Stefania Rocca, Liam Cunningham, Silvio Muccino, Adalberto Maria Merli, Claudio Santamaria
A serial killer with a vice for Video Poker.
A British tourist has been kidnapped in Rome and the entire police department are working to find her. One of them is a young woman named Anna, who gets contacted by the killer who invites Anna to a game of online video poker, with the bet being the life of the kidnapped tourist.
The Chief Police orders Anna not to play and the young tourist is murdered in front of them on the webcam feed. This tragic event makes the British detective John Brennan to arrive in Rome to help them out and when the killer kidnaps even more women to bet their lives in poker games, Anna will need all the help she can get.
Being a movie directed by a legendary filmmaker like Dario Argento can be both good and bad. On the good side, the movie gets more exposure and I’m sure that if this was created by a no-name director, then no one would have heard or seen it. On the other hand, having the name Dario Argento on a movie also makes the audience expect something special. After all, this was the same guy who delivered Suspiria, Tenebrae and Opera.