18 June 2024
Murder Rock (1984)
93 min.
Directed by Lucio Fulci.
With Olga Karlatos, Ray Lovelock, Claudio Cassinelli, Cosimo Cinieri, Guiseppe Mannajuolo, Belinda Busato, Christian Borromeo.
While nothing remarkable, this shot-in-NYC giallo from director Lucio Fulci isn't necessarily the absolute worst.

A black gloved killer is stalking various students at a modern dance school, plunging a needle into the victim's chest and puncturing the beating heart til death (a method not unlike 1971's Black Belly of the Tarantula).

Class instructor Candice (Karlatos) hopes the madman will be caught before she becomes next on the list.

Handicapped by lame acting (mostly from the supporting cast) and lackluster death sequences, this never musters any tension and remains standard slash fare at best. The pop/rock score by Keith Emerson is fun, but can't hold the film up all on its own.

Nice to see genre regular Karlatos (1978's Damned in Venice, 1979's Zombie) in a starring role here and her pleasing prettiness is well served.

Also known either as Slashdance (a great title!) or as Giallo a Disco.

Italian: Murderock - uccide a passo di danza.

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