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Avengers inflict death on drug trade manufacturers and pushers
"The Death Avenger of Soho" is what the German title means, and it's far more accurate in letting us know what this movie is about than "The Corpse Packs His Bags", which tells us nothing except to emphasize a gimmick in the story, which is that the murderer likes to telegraph his killing of a victim by first packing the victim's bags. The victim is about to take a long trip.
The death avengers are actually several persons who are murdering people associated with the drug trade in mescaline. For one of these, the connection is established clearly. For the other one, we cannot be sure. The movie also appears to make no obvious connection between the two killers, but we "know" they're on the same team.
I like this movie quite a lot. I think the rating of 3.6 is way too low. I make it as above average in its style. Jess Franco directed with great flair, using lots of wide-angle lenses and creative shots. For exteriors, he often shot them with a gauzy look to simulate fog perhaps, and this adds character to the film. It's below average in plot logic, which I guess is intentional, although it has plenty of plot and characters. By the time this krimi was made, viewers are so familiar with their elements that the film makers dispensed with showing us the conventional plot logic and character connections. This creates a bizarre situation in which we see bizarre happenings shot in a bizarre way. We understand it, yet we do not have full understanding unless we extrapolate and interpolate from other movies a good deal.
I easily enjoyed this krimi as much as others in color that I've seen so far, even if produced by different makers (Rialto and CCC). This is the last in the CCC series of 9; it's a new version of the first one. They are
1961 Secret of the black trunk; 1963 The strangler of blackmoor castle; 1963 The mad executioners; 1964 The phantom of soho; 1964 The monster of London city; 1964 The seventh victim/legacy of horror; 1970 The bird with the crystal plumage; 1972 The dead are alive; and 1972 The death avengers of Soho. The spellchecker of IMDb will not permit me to submit this review with the German titles.
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