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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 »

Director:

Sergio Martino (as Christian Plummer)

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvire Audray ... Joan Barnard
Paolo Malco ... Mike Grant
Claudio Cassinelli ... Paolo Domelli
Marilù Tolo ... Contessa Maria Volumna
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Heather Hull
Gianfranco Barra ... The Police Commissioner
Mario Cecchi Mario Cecchi
Franco Garofalo ... Gianni Andrucci
Maurizio Mattioli Maurizio Mattioli ... Masaccio
Carlo Monni ... Senaldi
Anita Laurenzi Anita Laurenzi ... Professor Sorensen (as Anita Sagnotti Laurenzi)
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Nick Forte
Luigi Rossi Luigi Rossi ... The 'aulos' old Player
John Saxon ... Arthur Barnard
Van Johnson ... 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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Crime | Horror | Mystery

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not Sergio Martino's best
7 July 2014 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Sergio Martino is one of the notable directors in the Euro-horror genre along with Mario Bava, Jess Franco, Jean Rollin, and others. My personal favorite of his movies is "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh". His "Assassinio al cimitero etrusco" ("The Scorpion with Two Tails" in English) is an OK, not great movie. It's a convoluted story about a woman whose archaeologist husband gets murdered while looking through an ancient cemetery in Italy. Elvire Audray, who plays the lead role, looks as if she could have been one of Alfred Hitchcock's icy blondes. I haven't seen all of Martino's movies, but of the ones that I've seen I'd say that his best ones star Edwige Fenech*. This one is more mediocre. Other cast members include John Saxon (Roper in "Enter the Dragon" and the father in "A Nightmare on Elm Street") and Van Johnson (one of the stars from Hollywood's Golden Age).

*Quentin Tarantino referenced her in "Inglourious Basterds": Mike Myers's character is named Ed Fenech.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 September 1982 (Italy) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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