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17 November 1972 (Italy) See more »
Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Nieves Navarro ... Valentina (as Susan Scott)
Simón Andreu ... 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)
Guido Spadea ... Spadea - policeman
Franco Moraldi ... L'ispettore capo toscano
Giorgio Penna
Giacomo Pergola ... Giacomino il pazzo ballerino
Roberta Cifarelli
Danilo Bellucci
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Caracciolo
Lucio Como ... Policeman (uncredited)
Vincenzo De Toma ... News-vendor (uncredited)
Luigi Norossi ... (uncredited)
Vittorio Pinelli ... Poliziotto (uncredited)
Juan Torres ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Luciano Ercoli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Corbucci  story
Ernesto Gastaldi 
Guido Leoni  dialogue
Mahnahén Velasco  (as May Velasco)

Produced by
Luciano Ercoli .... producer
Alberto Pugliese .... producer
Original Music by
Gianni Ferrio 
Cinematography by
Fernando Arribas 
Film Editing by
Angelo Curi 
Set Decoration by
Francesco Di Stefano 
Juan Alberto Soler  (as Juan Alberto)
Costume Design by
Barbara Pugliese 
Makeup Department
Irma Bacciardi .... makeup artist
Oreste Collini .... hair stylist
Production Management
Eduardo de la Fuente .... production manager
Franco di Mauro .... production manager (as Franco Di Mauro)
Antonio Negri .... production manager
Isidre Prous .... production manager (as Isidro Prous)
Mario Torelli .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luigi Oliviero .... assistant director
Mahnahén Velasco .... assistant director (as May Velasco)
Sound Department
Amedeo Casati .... sound
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Mario Morigi .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Giorgio Bonando .... camera operator
Ercole Visconti .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincenzina Cicogna .... wardrobe
Osanna Guardini .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Maria Pia Appetito .... assistant editor
Other crew
Amedeo Baratti .... miscellaneous crew
María Teresa Font .... production secretary (as Maria Teresa Fons)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Death Walks at Midnight" - UK, USA (literal English title)
"Cry Out in Terror" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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103 min | Finland:96 min
Color (Technicolor)
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You Might Need H.D.S. To Figure This One Out..., 5 March 2008
Author: ferbs54 from United States

Following such marvelous gialli as 1970's "Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" and 1971's "Death Walks on High Heels," director Luciano Ercoli, screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi, and actors Susan Scott and Simon Andreu reunited one more time, and the result, 1972's "Death Walks at Midnight," although perhaps the least of the three films, is another winning entertainment, nevertheless. In this one, Scott plays a gorgeous redheaded model, Valentina, who becomes the willing test subject of a new hallucinogen, H.D.S. During her trip, she sees a spike-gloved killer mutilate a young girl across the way...a murder that, as it turns out, actually transpired six months earlier! Holy flashback! And from this bizarre setup, things get progressively stranger, as said killer starts to stalk Valentina all over the streets of Milan. Anyway, perhaps I'm a little slow on the ol' rebop, but I had to watch this picture almost three full times before it began to make a bit of sense to me. The plot is a bit convoluted, to say the least, and whereas in most gialli I make an attempt (usually a fruitless one) to spot the killer, here, I was hard pressed just to barely keep up. Still, brain twisting as the film is, it did, ultimately, kinda sorta make sense to me (just don't ask me to explain it out loud!). And the picture does have a lot going for it: stylish direction, beautiful photography of the city of Milan and its countryside, yet another supersexy performance from Susan Scott, a catchy score by Gianni Ferrio, several (not overly) gory homicides, and a furious rooftop dukeout to cap off the film. Drug dealers, a mental institution, a pot party, groovy discos, a couple of cute little Japanese kids, a murder attempt in a cemetery, and a bloody cat all, ultimately, get thrown into the mix. Yes, this IS one heady giallo. And the great-looking DVD from No Shame that I just watched does it justice indeed.

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