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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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

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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

Juan Torres is uncredited in the original Italian prints but gets an onscreen credit in the Spanish prints. 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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DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT (1972) **
13 October 2004 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Yesterday I watched a couple of giallos by Luciano Ercoli and starring Nieves Navarro (billed as Susan Scott) and Simon Andreu (of THE BLOOD-SPATTERED BRIDE [1972]) - DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS (1971) and DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT (1972). I was pleasantly surprised by the former but hugely disappointed by the latter; anyway, here's my take on both films.

The meaninglessly-titled follow-up, DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT, was pretty silly and tedious by comparison making use of dreary plot mechanics and wasting its two leads - Navarro (Scott) and Andreu.

The film's most intriguing elements – violent images from the past materializing as drug-induced hallucinations, and the murder method itself (the spiked glove) – are thrown away as red herrings in an attempt to liven up a pretty tired formula crime-thriller, i.e. it's more than just a giallo but, unfortunately in this case, the whole emerges to be a good deal less than the sum of its parts!

Unlike DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS, the supporting characters of this one are often sleazeballs and therefore we are never involved in their actions and the motive behind them. A subplot involving a couple of oriental kids is, once again, irrelevant – padding the story for no reason at all – and the almost farcical fight sequence at the climax is not merely out of place but also rather badly staged! The music score (this time around composed by Gianni Ferrio) is OK under the circumstances but still nothing special, in my opinion.

I don't think having watched the film panned-and-scanned (as opposed to DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS' original Technsicope format) had anything to do with my low estimation of DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT; actually I'm surprised that Mondo Macabro decided to release this on DVD (albeit in a compromised version, as it is both dubbed in English and cropped!) over its vastly superior – if still basically unremarkable – predecessor which, in view of its plentiful nudity (of which this has none!) and a far more engaging plot, I think would have made for a more popular title!

In any case, I'm interested in catching up with more obscure giallos now and, as such, I especially regret having missed out on Sergio Pastore's SETTE SCIALLI DI SETA GIALLA aka CRIMES OF THE BLACK CAT (1972) just a couple of days ago! I also look forward to Blue Underground's 'Giallo Collection Vol. 2' Box Set which, incidentally, should include Luciano Ercoli's FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY UNDER SUSPICION (1970).


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