Disc 1: Death Walks On High Heels
(La Morte Cammina con i Tachi Alti, 1971)
A very enjoyable whodunnit crime story with one of my
Gialli genre favourites in it, the lovely Nieves Navarro or
Susan Scott as the French
stripper Nicole Rochard. As a giallo from this period in time it had
one atypicality and a one major impossibility.
Atypical was that J&B whisky wasn't used for drinking but instead
some other brand i couldn't recognize, and typical was, as this film
takes place in England, that the british locals look distinctly mediterranean,
and one murder was impossible to commit within the realms of our time
and space. The murder of the women on the bed as the killer had to remove
lenses and change clothes and run from the room to the hallway in
6-7 seconds, impossible as it's shot in one take. If there had been
a cut maybe there would've been enough time for the killer.
Parisian stripper Nicole Rochard (Scott) and her boyfriend
Michel (Simon Andreau) has a meeting with the Paris Police. Her father,
thief has been killed on a train on his way to Spain, and he's suspected
of having committed a big diamond robbery prior to that.
The police suspects that he may have given her the loot to hide, and
unfortunately, a blue-eyed razor wielding killer has the same conception.
Nicole wonders who the maniac can be and as she's not that sure about
her boyfriend she dumps him and follows an older stripclub patreon of
hers, Dr. Robert Matthews (Frank Wolff) to England.
He's married though, to the rich Vanessa (Claudie Lange, looks like
an elder sister to Nieves Navarro) and as she's financing his Clinic
won't take no risks and he hides her away at his villa at the sea. But,
there's a strange caretaker (Luciano Rossi) and someone's spying on
binoculars, that's Captain Lenny (Charles Rigaud) and a woman dressed
in black offers her money. Michel and the blue-eyed killer are looking
for her too, and soon there are murders. Beware of the nasty razor murder.
The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1
and with italian or english audio with english subtitles
Extra: italian and english original trailer and a picture gallery
Disc 2: Death Walks at Midnight (La
Morte Accarezza a Mezzanotte, 1972)
Fine giallo where a Milano model, Valentina (Nieves
Navarro/Susan Scott) tries the drug HSD to help her friend Gio (Simon
with his news story about it. Under the influence of the drug however
she has visions of a man brutally murdering a woman with a
medieval weapon, some sort of a spiked glove. This makes the news, big,
and the murderer starts hunting and threatening Valentina.
The police won't believe her though as the murder supposedly has happened
6 months earlier and because of the murderer being
safely locked up. As the sister of the murder victim we get to see Claudie
Lange again (also in the previous years Death Walks on
High Heels) and as suspects we have an ex-boyfriend of the victim, her
manager and 2 drug criminals.
The film was presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1
with italian or english audio with english subtitles.
Extra: a Booklet, 2 cards, a picture gallery and the TV version of Death
Walks at Midnight (105 min) and a Music CD:
The Sound of Death, The Very Best of Stelvio Cipriani