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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Description

Lisa Baumer's husband dies in a dramatic airplane crash and the widow soon collects on his million-dollar insurance policy. As a suspicious insurance agent investigates the case, the inevitable corpses start piling up.

Then, when the widow Baumer herself is found murdered, her million dollars mysteriously disappears! Smelling a hot scoop, an ambitious journalist begins to put together the pieces of an increasingly bloody puzzle.

Cleverly plotted by thriller specialist Ernesto Gastaldi (THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH, THE 10th VICTIM) THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL is a true classic of the Italian Giallo.

Using the sensual score of composer Bruno Nicolai (KILL BILL: VOL.2, THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS), director Sergio Martino (THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH, TORSO) magnificently exudes atmosphere and suspense with terrifying sequences worthy of genre masters Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

The high profile cast includes George Hilton (THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS, ALL THE COLORS OF DARK), Anita St


A superb presentation of a fine giallo" "one of Sergio Martino's best gialli. -- DVD Maniacs

An awesome cast featuring many genre regulars. Spectacular and unflinching grand guignol style murder sequences, and an almost believable plot. -- DVD in My

Case of The Scorpions Tale is one of those films that start’s to grow on you the more you watch -- 10,000

Collector Rating: WORTH FULL PRICE --

Get out your glove, your blade, and your remote, NoShame is serving up another classic worthy of sacrifice. -- Film

Highly Recommanded! -- DVD

Image Transfer Grade: A Not only has NoShame restored the uncut film, but the Cromoscope 2.35:1 picture looks fabulous. -- Digitally

glorious, near pristine print The colors are crisp and the details are sharp. -- DVD

Special Features

  • Creepy Crawl: The Scorpion's Shadow interviews with director Sergio Martino, producer Luciano Martino, writer Ernesto Gastaldi and star George Hilton  (30 Mins.)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Collectible Booklet with liner notes and talent bios

Product Details

  • Actors: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Ida Galli, Janine Reynaud
  • Directors: Sergio Martino
  • Writers: Eduardo Manzanos Brochero, Ernesto Gastaldi, Sauro Scavolini
  • Producers: Luciano Martino
  • Format: Color, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: NoShame Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ETD1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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Case of the Scorpion's tale has all the elements of a good giallo: grisly murders, inventive, eye-popping cinematography, expressive lighting, swanky interiors, a serpentine plot, and a couple of lovely actresses. While the plot does become a little convoluted, and there is too much dialogue (a lot of which is rather clunky) all of the film's minor faults can be forgiven because the movie is a spectacular visual feast that is just a lot of fun to watch. Many of the names famous to this genre are involved in this entertaining effort, the most prominent of which are, Sergio Martino, Ernesto Gastaldi, George Hilton and Bruno Nicolai.
This upcomming release, from a new company on the genre DVD scene NoShame, ranks right up there with releases from some of the more well established genre DVD companies like Blue Underground and Mondo Macabro. The image quality of the film print used for the DVD is absolutely outstanding, and there are two audio tracks, one in English and the second in Italian with optional English subtitles. Lastly, the few extras on the disc include interviews with Martino, Gastaldi and Hilton, the theatrical trailer and a poster and still gallery. If you're taking the time to read this review then this DVD probably belongs in your DVD library.
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The opening ten minutes are a little rough, with an overdose of crash zooms, distorting lenses, clunky dialogue and poor model work. After the first story twist, however, the film becomes a superior giallo, worthy of comparison with Bava and Argento. Director Sergio Martino stages some strong set-pieces, displaying a visual flair only hinted at in THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH. It's possible Dario Argento saw SCORPION'S TAIL before making DEEP RED, as some scenes are remarkably similar (check out the murder in the theatre). There's even a bold female reporter, who helps unmask the killer at great personal risk. While DEEP RED is the better film, Argento owes Martino a debt or two. George Hilton is a solid lead - is it his own voice on the Italian soundtrack? - and spaghetti western regular Luigi Pistilli adds a touch of class in a rare good guy role. The plot twists are satisfying, though the photo blow-up trick was well parodied by Mel Brooks in HIGH RISK.
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Five stars for the film itself which is an excellent and absorbing Giallo, and a wonderful example of the many engaging attributes of the genre put to fine use.

As for the DVD itself - There a few problems with the English subtitling being either absent or inconsistent during a couple of scenes, but these are relatively minor and do not derail the film in any sense. That aside, NoShame ought be called NoRegrets, because they've put forth a solid and respectful effort in presenting a classic Giallo with all due accord. Kudos!
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"The Case of the Scorpion's Tail" is an excellent example of the Italian giallo. It has beautiful women in peril, a killer dressed all in black, gruesome, bloody deaths, and a killer soundtrack provided by Bruno Nicolai (who composed the scores for the excellent gialli from Emilio P. Miraglia: "The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave" and "The Red Queen Kills 7 Times").

A gorgeous reporter (Anita Strindberg of Lucio Fulci's "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin") and an insurance agent (George Hilton of Sergio Martino's "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh)) investigate the slashing death of Lisa Baumer and the million dollars of insurance money that was stolen from her. Of course, as they get closer to the killer's identity, the bodies pile up. Both Strindberg and Hiton are perennial gialli actors. In this movie, they prove that not only do they look great but their acting abilities are also superb. Both give believable,, dynamic performances in this suspenseful, well-plotted thriller.

NoShame has released an excellent DVD of "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail." The audio and video are excellent. Interesting liner notes have been provided. There are interviews of the director, Sergio Martino ("Torso" and "Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key"), the producer, Luciano Martino, and George Hilton. I listened to the film in Italian; my only complaint, as far as the DVD itself, is that the English subtitles are missing from the scene where Lisa Baumer was speaking in the telephone booth. I was forced to switch to English audio in order to understand what she had said.
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