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The Dead Are Alive (1972)
"L'etrusco uccide ancora" (original title)

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A photographer on an archaeological expedition digging up Etruscan ruins in Italy begins to suspect that not all the Etruscans buried there are actually dead.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Porter
Myra Shelton
Nikos Samarakis
Leni Samarakis
Enzo Tarascio ...
Inspector Giuranna
Horst Frank ...
Enzo Cerusico ...
Carlo De Mejo ...
Igor Samarakis
Daniela Surina ...
Vladan Holec ...
Otello (as Vladan Milasinovic)
Christina von Blanc ...
Velia (as Christiane Von Blank)
Mario Maranzana ...
Sgt. Vitanza
Wendy D'Olive ...
Pier Luigi D'Orazio ...
Ivan Pavicevac ...


A photographer on an archaeological expedition digging up Etruscan ruins in Italy begins to suspect that not all the Etruscans buried there are actually dead.

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There's No Place To Hide When ... THE DEAD ARE ALIVE!


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31 December 1972 (West Germany)  »

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Slow but good thriller of killings around a newly discovered tomb
21 July 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a good but poorly paced Italian thriller from the 1970's. The plot concerns a series or murders occurring to people connected to a recently discovered Etruscan burial sight. One of the repeated shots is the face of the Etruscan demon god that was found on the wall of the tomb. As the police investigate the lives of everyone involved are revealed and wee see that not everyone is as innocent they would like us to believe.

A good, but not great mystery with supernatural overtones this movie is graced with good performances across the board. Better is the fact that the characters are very complex with no real clichés in the bunch. The film also keeps you off balance with some interesting camera work and music. The only thing that I'm not a fan of is the fact that the pacing is a bit to slack. There are several times when I would have liked them to move things on and not take a quiet contemplative moment. I'm probably over reacting but the desire to speed things up knocked down the rating a couple of points on this good thriller.

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