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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 »


Luciano Ercoli


Sergio Corbucci (story), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nieves Navarro ... Valentina (as Susan Scott)
Simón Andreu ... Gio Baldi
Pietro Martellanza Pietro Martellanza ... Stefano (as Peter Martell)
Carlo Gentili ... Inspector Serino
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Prof. Otto Wuttenberg
Claudio Pellegrini Claudio Pellegrini ... Henri Velaq
Fabrizio Moresco Fabrizio Moresco ... Pepito
Alessandro Perrella Alessandro Perrella ... Van Driver
Elio Veller Elio Veller ... Pino
Luciano Rossi ... Hans Krutzer
Raúl Aparici Raúl Aparici ... Juan Hernandez
Giuliana Rivera Giuliana Rivera ... Vanessa
Anna Recchimuzzi Anna Recchimuzzi
Manuel Muñiz Manuel Muñiz ... The Porter (as Pajarito)
Guido Spadea Guido Spadea ... Spadea - Policeman


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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Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

17 November 1972 (Italy) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 61256 delivered on 24-10-1972. See more »


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Valentina (Controluce)
Performed by Mina
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Another Giallo that rocks!
22 May 2001 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

This rare Giallo was Luciano Ercoli's follow-up to the rather tame but nonetheless enjoyable "Le Foto Proibite di una Signora Perbene" (Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion in English; Frauen bis zum Wahnsinn gequält in German, which means "Women tortured to insanity"!!!).

There are some similarities in the storyline, but overall, "La Morte Accarezza a Mezzanotte" is obviously superior. After a powerful start, when Susan Scott as Valentina has a murder vision during a drug trip she suffers for her journalist colleague (who makes a photo session out of the "experiment" to publish it in the junk paper he's working for - that she initially does NOT know!), the film becomes a little bit slow moving as Valentina is suddenly stalked by numerous strange persons. But the second half of the film delivers more than many other thrillers together - suddenly, the bodies are piling up and there's also enough time for action and fist fights that could easily find place in Your average police drama of its decade.

The uncovering of the fiend is really surprising, more so if one considers that one thinks to know the face of the real killer after seeing the above mentioned drug trip sequence (to make things more clear here would give away too much).

Last but not least, there is also an exceptional musical score by Gianni Ferrio, a typical yet unique Giallo score including, of course, a lush main theme song.

To wrap it all up: This film is one of the many fine Italian thrillers of the 1970s that deserve to be rediscovered by an interested audience.

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