Monday, August 10, 2009

Death Walks On High Heels (1971) aka La Morte Cammina conI tacchi Alti aka La muerte camina con tacon alto

3.5 / 5 Aug '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Luciano Ercoli
Written by: Ernesto Gastaldi
Actors include: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simon Andreu
Genre: Horror, Giallo, Mystery, Thriller
Length: 105 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Italy/Spain

Although by most people's account, Luciano Ercoli's Death Walks at Midnight isn't as good as this one, but I honestly prefer Midnight. This one is rather stylish and has some great twists (though I'm definitely convinced Brian De Palma has seen this) but it's quite talky and slow in the middle. While Midnight was actually rather tasteful in some ways this more than made up for it with near continual nudity from Edwige Fenech lookalike Nieves Navarro. The story is about a jewel heist, see a lot of the film happens offscreen, so we know that Nieves' Dad was a jewel heister and some mean person is coming after her. They don't seem to believe she knows nothing of the whereabouts of many diamonds, and so we watch her and the Police try to sort out who did what to whom of course. It's not all that bloody but a few good horror moments are to be had, the story is decent enough but it definitely could have used a little tightening. At least it's colorful, well shot and plenty of randomly weird scenes and strange wigs (though none compare to the wind chime wig of Midnight). Interesting, but not a favorite of mine...still giallo fans will want to see!

Availability:  On DVD

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