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The Scorpion with Two Tails (1982)

Assassinio al cimitero etrusco (original title)
Joan has nightmares of Etruscan sacrifices. She knows very well the Etruscan language and her husband Arthur is an archeologist studying Etruscan tombs. In a nightmare she foresees her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvire Audray ...
Joan Barnard
Paolo Malco ...
Mike Grant
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Paolo Domelli
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Contessa Maria Volumna
Wandisa Guida ...
Heather Hull
Gianfranco Barra ...
The Police Commissioner
Mario Cecchi
Franco Garofalo ...
Gianni Andrucci
Maurizio Mattioli ...
Masaccio
Carlo Monni ...
Senaldi
Anita Laurenzi ...
Professor Sorensen (as Anita Sagnotti Laurenzi)
Jacques Stany ...
Nick Forte
Luigi Rossi ...
The 'aulos' old Player
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Arthur Barnard
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Mulligan - Joan's father
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Joan has nightmares of Etruscan sacrifices. She knows very well the Etruscan language and her husband Arthur is an archeologist studying Etruscan tombs. In a nightmare she foresees her husband's death. And Arthur is then killed with the same way the Etruscans killed their sacrifice victims. Written by T.M.

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Murder in an Etruscan Cemetery  »

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Dull and boring Giallo from former master Sergio Martino
17 July 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

The Scorpion with Two Tails has all the makings of a great Giallo. Aside from the intriguing title, it's also directed by Sergio Martino; the same man who made some of the best Giallo's of the seventies with films such as The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh, it's written by Ernesto Gastaldi; whose name will mean a lot to every Giallo fan worth their salt as he has written many of the best films that the genre has to offer, and on top of that - we've even got a performance from cult actor John Saxon. However, Martino clearly didn't have his penchant for directing by 1982, Gastaldi was having an off day and John Saxon's character lasts all of about two minutes! Like the earlier Giallo, The Dead Are Alive, this film focuses on the ancient 'Etruscan' civilisation. Joan Barnard, the wife of Arthur Barnard; a famous archaeologist is having problems. She's suffering from nightmares that focus around ancient tombs. Her woes increase when her husband calls from Italy and ends up getting his neck snapped mid-phone call! She then travels to Italy to investigate.

This film was apparently cut down from a television series, and I can only assume that they left the worst parts in! There's barely any excitement to speak of whatsoever, and this ensures that the film is very hard to care about. Add in some extremely unenthusiastic performances (unenthusiastic even by Italian horror standards!) and some silly fantasy crap and what we've ended up with here is one of the worst Giallo's ever made! It's a real shame too as this film blends in a few different styles and if Martino could have just pulled it all together better, this could definitely have sat alongside his more esteemed film credits. One of the few saving graces in this film is the music; but once you recognise it from The Beyond, the credibility soon dries up! At least the film manages to limp through with a decent finale; though once you've sat through the first eighty five minutes of the film, it could be the best ending of all time and most people would be unlikely to care. Overall, this is absolutely nothing to recommend this film for and I recommend that everyone skips it!


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