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Death Walks at Midnight (1972)

La morte accarezza a mezzanotte (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 17 November 1972 (Italy)
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 »

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Nieves Navarro ...
Valentina (as Susan Scott)
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Gio Baldi
Pietro Martellanza ...
Stefano (as Peter Martell)
Claudie Lange ...
Verushka Wuttenberg
Carlo Gentili ...
Inspector Serino
Ivano Staccioli ...
Professor Otto Wuttenberg
Fabrizio Moresco ...
Pepito
Claudio Pellegrini ...
Henri Velaq
Luciano Rossi ...
Hans Krutzer
Raúl Aparici ...
Juan Hernandez
Alessandro Perrella ...
Van Driver
Elio Veller ...
Pino
Giuliana Rivera ...
Vanessa
Anna Recchimuzzi
Manuel Muñiz ...
The Porter (as Pajarito)
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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 Johan Melle

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Italian censorship visa # 61256 delivered on 24-10-1972. See more »

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Valentina (Controluce)
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A silly but not unenjoyable giallo
25 May 2006 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

The third of Luciano Ercoli's trilogy of early 70's gialli is the oddest of the three. It tells the story of a fashion model who takes a hallucinogenic drug for a photo shoot. While tripping she witnesses a murder in the apartment across the street. She then finds herself stalked by the killer and drawn into a complex web of shady goings on, including drug trafficking and murder.

This movie is quite disappointing when compared to its predecessor, the effective Death Walks on High Heels. However, it starts extremely well. The trip murder sequence is well handled. Its both visceral and dreamlike, with a memorably creepy looking killer. Unfortunately, this excellent opening is the highlight of the movie. There are a number of other effective set-pieces but the movie gets bogged down a bit with excessively convoluted plot lines. There is a large cast of characters and it becomes difficult keeping track of who did what where. Everything is wrapped up when most of the remaining cast members get involved in a ridiculous, but fun, fight on a rooftop.

This is not a great giallo, however, it is certainly likable. Susan Scott is, as ever, great value in the lead role. She carries the film through the less interesting phases, ensuring that things never really get boring. Simón Andreu also is reliable. Ercoli shoots the film well and the decor is impressive. Overall, this is a beautiful looking, well acted but somewhat silly giallo. Its not one of the best from the genre but it is fun in a camp sort of way.


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