Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment. While influenced by the drug, Valentina has a vision of a young woman being brutally ... See full summary »
Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment. While influenced by the drug, Valentina has a vision of a young woman being brutally murdered with a viciously spiked glove. It turns out that a woman was killed in exactly the same way not long ago and soon Valentina finds herself stalked by the same killer... Written by
It would seem that many fans don't consider 'Death Walks at Midnight' to be a good film, and while it's not a first class addition to the Giallo sub-genre; I rather liked it. The film is far less graphic than many Giallo fans will be used to, and there aren't many murders. The first and central murder leads you to believe that this film will feature more bloodshed as the film goes on; but the plot veers off-course often, and the film doesn't always focus on the murder themed plot. The first murder is so striking largely because of the murder weapon used; I've never seen a spiked glove before, and the murder scene is stylishly shot and gives the odd murder weapon a good environment to operate in. The plot is co-scripted by two prominent forces in Italian films; Sergio Corbucci ('Django') and more importantly, Ernesto Gastaldi who has a number of important Giallo classics under his belt, most notably Sergio Martino films such as Your Vice and The Case of the Scorpion's Tail. It follows a woman who tries out an experimental drug and while under its influence, witnesses the aforementioned graphic murder.
The plot seems like an all too obvious excuse for a different perspective on the common Giallo theme of someone witnessing a murder, and as it isn't given explanation; it doesn't come off as being very credible. Director Luciano Ercoli makes up for this, however, with a constant stream of odd events and a good eye for striking cinematography, and although the plot soon becomes convoluted and often relies on coincidence; it's always engaging, and there's a lot of good ideas on display. The beautiful Susan Scott (a.k.a. Nieves Navarro), who has worked with Ercoli on films such as Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion and Death Walks on High Heels, heads an interesting cast, and does a good job of holding the film together. The fact that we know who the murderer is from the beginning ensures that there isn't a lot of mystery, but this is made up for by the way that there's always something new lurking just around the corner, and the script does a good job of implementing red herrings into the plot. The final twist can be seen coming a mile off; but the rooftop finale is a treat, and overall I've got to say that there's a lot to like about this not often seen Giallo.
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