18 September 2014

Death Walks at Midnight (1972)
102 min.
Directed by Luciano Ercoli.
With Susan Scott, Simón Andreu, Pietro Martellanza, Claudie Lange, Carlo Gentili, Ivano Staccioli, Fabrizio Moresco, Claudio Pellegrini, Luciano Rossi, Raúl Aparici, Alessandro Perrella, Elio Veller.
Super sassy giallo from director Luciano Ercoli.

Fashion model Valentina (Scott) agrees to test an experimental drug, but under its effects she hallucinates a bloody vision of murder...a man with a metal spiked claw beating a woman mercilessly to her death.

When her 'vision' is printed publicly, Valentina is shocked to discover the murder she 'saw' was committed six months prior...and now someone is out to make sure she discovers no further details!

This complicated giallo has firm resolve and emerges as an entertaining addition to the canon; beautiful Scott (also in Death Carries a Cane) gives a mega feisty performance to her credit, while handsome Andreu is likable as journalist friend Giovanni.

Both a jazzy score and a rousing rooftop climax to recommend this.

Also known alternately as Death Caresses at Midnight as well as Cry Out in Terror.

Italian title: La Morte accarezza a mezzanotte.

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