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Furs on Film – The Killer Reserved Nine Seats (1974)

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I can't tell you the number of times I hear, “I want to watch a horror movie with fur, but I only have twenty minutes to spare!” I can't tell you because I've never heard anyone say that, but that's beside the point. Do I have a twenty-minute time investment slash slice of Italian cheese for you: The Killer Reserved Nine Seats.

The Killer Reserved Nine Seats – The Film

It's a standard “invite people to a secluded location, lock them in, and murder them” plot. In this case, the people are rich, and they arrive at the location dressed in a way to successfully drive that fact home. All of the ladies (sadly, some poor choices were made in the costuming department after that) arrive in fur to an old theatre where many of them will be killed, but not before taking off their coats (and, being a giallo, a lot more, a lot more often).

The Killer Reserved Nine Seats – The Furs

We won't be hanging around long enough to get to know the characters very well, but let's look at their arrival wardrobe choices.

Lynn (Paola Senatore) is wearing this lovely full-length

Kim (Janet Argen) is wearing what may be a fox coat, but of the group, she is given little direct screen time out of near-total darkness, so I cannot be absolutely sure about that.

We will cover Rebecca (Eva Czemerys) and Doris (Lucretia Love) together, as they arrived that way and coordinated their outfits in contrasting shades of . The film subtly suggests they were… roommates.

Finally, there is Vivian (Rosanna Schiaffino), who has my personal favorite, a coat. Judging by her order in the credits and subsequent screen time, Vivian will make it the longest.

From the opening credits in the cars to the point where Vivian doffs her purple fox coat, you're looking at about 20 minutes. Of that, almost half of it features the various ladies in the furs, which, in the grand total, pushes the entire film to about a 9% ratio. Again, it's a casual 50% if you plan to tap out at the 18:29 mark, and that's a pretty good use of 18 minutes and 29 seconds.

  • Fur & Feather Runtime: 9:35 minutes
  • Film Runtime:  104 minutes
  • On-Screen Ratio: 9.21%

Find-a-Fur: The Killer Reserved Nine Seats, 1974

(All times are approximate and are affected by the cut of the film.)

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