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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 »

Director:

Luciano Ercoli

Writers:

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

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
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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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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 November 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Walks at Midnight See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Pino: Mm, I've never felt this way before. Even the girls are looking good to me.
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Valentina (Controluce)
Performed by Mina
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Nieves Navarro, hallucinogenic drugs and lots of flashbacks
12 February 2007 | by Camera-ObscuraSee all my reviews

DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT (Luciano Ercoli - Italy/Spain 1972).

Before the DVD-age the only English title for this film I know of, is CRY OUT IN TERROR, after the soundtrack released on LP and later on expanded edition CD. This is not mentioned on the IMDb as the film never got a proper release in English-speaking regions, not even on video, to my knowledge. Adding to the confusion, this title was already hardly distinguishable from Ercoli's earlier DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS (1970) (largely the same theme, cast and music) and I've noticed that in reviews on some sites, this is treated as a follow-up to Ercoli's first Giallo FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION (1970), clearly confusing this film with DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS, which is Ercoli's second Giallo.

Written by six writers(!), among them Sergio Corbucci and Ernesto Gastaldi, the film is set in Milan. Valentina (Susan Scott or Nieves Navarro), a successful model, agrees to try a hallucinogenic drug as part of a scientific experiment. While under the influence she experiences some flashbacks of a man in sunglasses graphically murdering a woman with a spiked metal glove, quite an original murder weapon. Strangely enough, a woman was butchered in exactly the same manner in a vacant apartment. The killer lures Valentina into this apartment after which she narrowly escapes with her life. What follows are more attempts on her life and even more questions about the killer's identity. Mind-bending drugs and outrageous fashions with plenty of tacky '70s dance floor scenes abound in this in this convoluted murder mystery. I might have been a bit harsh in my judgement on Ercoli's DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS but no matter how many reservations I have regarding his output, I've grown a bit fond of his work. This one is the weakest entry in his Giallo-cycle, but I cannot dismiss it either. It's rather disappointing because of its confusing plot and ridiculous finale, complete with a gang of giggling thugs. Gianno Ferrio's score is no patch on Morricone's scores in earlier Ercoli films, but its sheer luridness makes for some reasonably tacky entertainment.

Camera Obscura --- 6/10


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