When young couple Stefania & Luca move to their new house by the
sea, little do they know their neighbour Alberto has just strangled his
wife in the bathtub. But unfortunately, when Albertop goes out to dig a
grave for the corpse, he forgets to turn off the running water &
lock his door, so Stefania & Luca soon notice the water coming
through the ceilingand go upstairs to bring it to Alberto's attention,
& when he's not in decide to take turning off the watter into their
own hands ... only to find the corpse.
They are not able though to
either phone the police (their line is not connected yet) or drive to
the city for help (their car is stuck), thus decide to just sit it out.
Unfortunately though, Luca has forgotten his lighter upstairs & has
thus go upstairs to get is in order for Alberto to not grow suspicious.
Then though Alberto comes back, & Stefania tries to involve him in a
conversation in order to prevent him from finding her hsuband in his
appartment. To little avail, though, since Alberto has already found out
about everything, knocks them both out & ties & gags them in
order to later kill them too. The next day though, a moving truck with
Stefania's & Luca's stuff arrives, & Alberto has quite a hard
time toconvince them the couple never arrived, & only does so eventually
... until the movers hear the baby cry ...
Despite the fact
that the ending of the story is given away way too soon, this is a very
good psycological thriller (especially considering it is merely a
tv-featurette), relying mainly on beautifully executed suspense
techniques. & while the participation of Dario Argento as both
producer & presenter of the series would suggest another giallo
story, this has actually more to do with American Noir-thrillers - &
director/ writer Luigi Cozzi even quotes acclaimed noir-author Cornel
Woolrich as his main influence.