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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 »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Nieves Navarro ... Valentina (as Susan Scott)
Simón Andreu ... Gio Baldi
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
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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 »


Valentina: It's true, every word. I swear I'm not inventing anything. I saw her right there, stabbed to death with a knife in her breast!
Inspector Serino: Evidently, she got tired of waiting, drew out the knife and left. Tell me why you invent these fairy tales.
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Valentina (Controluce)
Performed by Mina
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Spanish/Italian Giallo plenty of killings , thrills , twists and turns
18 February 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Italian/Spanish co-production dealing with a killing spree with several suspects . It concerns on Valentina (Nieves Navarro and Susan Scott) a gorgeous and spunky fashion model living in Milan . Valentina proofs an experimental hallucinogenic drug and while influenced by the doses , she has a vision of a woman being cruelly killed by an ominous murderous . Valentina finds herself pursued by the same murderer with a spiked glove . It begins with the mysterious death of a woman and continues spirals into the killing . Meanwhile a journalist (Simon Andreu) becomes companion and protector the cover-up who is being continuously stalked .

This Giallo contains suspense , thrills, chills , intrigue and plot twists . Luciano Ercoli's great success is compellingly directed with well staged murders plenty of startling visual content , though was submitted to limited censorship in Spain . This is a customary slasher where the intrigue, tension, suspense appear threatening and lurking in every room , corridors and luxurious interior and exterior . The picture packs atmospheric blending of eerie thrills and creepy chills combined with a twisted finale . It displays lots of blood but it seems pretty mild compared to today's gore feasts . It's a solid movie , a thrilling story plenty of suspense and intrigue in which the victims seem to be continuous . The staged killings are the high points of the movie , they deliver the goods plenty of screams, shocks and tension . The intriguing moments are compactly made and fast moving ; as the film itself takes place from various points of sights . It packs tension, shocks , thrills , chills and lots of blood . There're brief moments of gore as the killing with the spiked glove and a number of scenes that are quite thrilling , resulting to be definitely the spotlight of the film the surprising ending situation . Written by the usuals , Ernesto Gastaldi and Sergio Corbucci , a good director of Spaghetti Western . Good ambiance design and acceptable production design by Eduardo De La Torre Fuente. Luciano Ercoli's so-so direction is well crafted, here he's less cynical and more inclined toward violence and lots of killings . It's a co-production Italian-Spanish filmed in Alfonso Balcazar studios (Barcelona)and De Paolis (Rome) , for that reason appears Spanish actors as Nieves Navarro , Simon Andreu and Italian players as Ivano Staccioli, Luciano Rossi and the recently deceased Peter Martellanza or Peter Martell , both of whom ordinary baddies in Spaghetti Western . Colorful cinematography by Fernando Arribas who photographed splendidly city of Milan where is developed the action . However , the photography is washed-out and for that reason is necessary an urgent remastering . Atmospheric and commercial musical score by Gianni Ferrio .

The picture is regularly directed by producer/filmmaker Luciano Ercoli. Talented and versatile Ercoli has produced/directed a vast array of often solid and entertaining films in all kind of genres as horror, Giallo and Western, in a middling career . He produced a trilogy for Duccio Tessari formed by two Western as ¨A pistol for Ringo¨, ¨The return of Ringo¨ and ¨Kiss, Kiss , Bang , Bang¨ , the latter is set in modern times and deal with a heist . All of them are amusing and entertaining and starred by similar cast as Giuliano Gemma , Fernando Sancho , Lorella De Luca and Nieves Navarro who married the producer Luciano Ercoli . He also produced the Giallo trilogy starred by Simon Andreu and his wife Susan Scott formed by ¨Death walks on high heels¨ , ¨The forbidden photos of a lady above of suspicion¨, and ¨Death walks at midnight¨. Rating: Acceptable and passable , this is one imaginative slasher picture in which the camera stalks in sinister style throughout a story with acceptable visual skills though contains some flaws and gaps . This is a bewildering story , funny in some moment but falls flat and it will appeal to hardcore Gialli fans

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