Despite the fact that director Don Sharp has a few minor classics on his name ("Kiss of the Vampire", "Rasputin: The Mad Monk", "The Face of Fu Manchu"), the coolest of his films are still regretfully neglected! "Psychomania", about a gang of zombie-bikers and "Dark Places", set in a mental asylum, both don't get the attention they deserve and Sharp's most imaginatively titled film is even forgotten completely: "Why Would Anyone Want To Kill A Nice Girl Like You?". This is a complex but very stylish murder-mystery, beautifully set in South France and starring the talented Eva Renzi as the unknowing key person of a political conspiracy. Upon her arrival in France, where she intends to spend a summer vacation, Jane Kerell is the target of attacks and strange events. She becomes involved with a local painter and together they discover that Jane, against her knowledge, carries around important evidence of an international crime network. Scotland Yard is looking for this evidence, but so are the gangsters, and Jane's life is in great danger. "Why Would Anyone Want To Kill A Nice Girl Like You?" (I love using the long title!) seems to start out as a typical Italian giallo, with a dazzling opening sequence showing Jane, in her Mini Cooper, chased by a white Mercedes on a deserted French mountain road. The musical guidance is eerie and the setting is wonderful. After about 40 minutes, the plot turns into a political thriller, but the suspense remains and there are several ingenious plot-twists and red herrings to keep you alert. Perhaps it's about time that this neat little film receives a proper DVD transfer, as I'm sure that many people would really dig it. There's a fair amount of action, a couple of really clever findings (the truth-serum, the scene in the zoo, the story about the tiger and the lamb...), and an enchanting love-story. I found my copy in an ex-rental shop for 0,50... In case you do stumble on it one day, somehow, don't hesitate to give it a try.
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