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Luciano Ercoli's The Death Box Set (Death Walks on High Heels/ Death Walks at Midnight) (1971)

Frank Wolff , Nieves Navarro , Luciano Ercoli  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu, Carlo Gentili, George Rigaud
  • Directors: Luciano Ercoli
  • Writers: Dino Verde, Ernesto Gastaldi, Guido Leoni, Mahnahén Velasco, Sergio Corbucci
  • Producers: Luciano Ercoli, Alberto Pugliese
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, 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: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: NoShame Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6EK56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Luciano Ercoli's The Death Box Set (Death Walks on High Heels/ Death Walks at Midnight)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • DISC 1 (DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS)
  • Original Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Original English Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • DISC 2 (DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT)
  • Death Walks at Midnight TV Version
  • DISC 3 (CD)
  • The Sound of Love and Death –  the very best of Stelvio Cipriani
  • Collectible booklet - including liner notes and talent bios
  • Remastered in high definition from the restored original 2P negative

Editorial Reviews

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"Death Walks At Midnight possesses an unmistakably early Seventies vibe that some will find appealing" -- DVDsavant

"Gianni Ferrio’s jazzy score beautifully captures the essence of the films hallucinogenic feel and Valentina’s paranoia" -- 10Kbullets.com

"a groovy trip into the world of what really makes the giallo film so much fun." -- monsteratplay.com

"gorgeously stylised thriller in the classic giallo mode and features a superb 70's lounge soundtrack." -- horrow-movie.co.uk

Both films look magnificent -- Mondo Digital.com

How can any one fan not be tempted to gobble this set up upon first look. -- Cinema-Nocturna.com

definitely vital films for any giallo fan to see and see again! Strong films+Strong transfers+Strong music=Buy it -- DVD in my Pants.com

transfer here is excellent -- Movie Poop Shoot.com

Product Description

Get primed for two wild, stylish giallo shockers of the 1970s from director Luciano Ercoli (FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION), starring Susan Scott (DEATH CARRIES A CANE), Simon Andreu (THE BLOOD-SPATTERED BRIDE) and Frank Wolff (GOD FORGIVES…I DON’T).

In DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS, Parisian nightclub singer, Nicole Rochard (Susan Scott) is stalked by a demented masked man who may be the killer of her diamond thief father. With the help of a friend, Dr. Robert Matthews (Frank Wolff) she hopes to elude her pursuer by traveling to the English countryside. But Nicole’s merciless pursuer does not give up so easily, and soon more murders occur.

Susan Scott returns in DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT as Valentina, a hot-tempered fashion model. When she’s duped into trying an experimental psychedelic by her fast-talking boyfriend (Simon Andreu) during a photo-shoot, she inadvertently witnesses a gory murder by a man with a spiked glove in the empty, next door building. It won’t be the last!

Hallucinogenic drugs, smart-aleck heroines, jewel thieves, macho tabloid reporters, strippers, intrepid police inspectors, plus crazy chases, brutal fist fights, spiked-metal gloves and myriad use of the zoom lens – not to mention delirious nightclub scenes, escalating body counts and countless red herrings! –NoShame is proud to present for the first time on DVD uncut two deranged examples of the sexy, Italian thriller genre - the giallo.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Two rare films for fans of the obscure April 4, 2006
"Death Walks on High Heels" and its companion piece "Death Walks at Midnight" by director Luciano Ercoli make a perfect pair, featuring almost the same entire cast, in particular Susan Scott as the heroine both times. In "Death Walks at Midnight", she plays a model called Valentina who agrees to take a new drug as part of a medical experiment. Her initial trippy giggling soon gives way to horror as she witnesses an apparent vision of the brutal murder of a woman carried out by a man in sunglasses, using a spiked metal glove. When her head clears, no-one believes her, and to her dismay the story of her experience is reported and published in a newspaper. The result of this is of course that the murderer reads it and comes after Valentina.

What's most refreshing about the film is that Valentina is such a great character. She's feisty and confident, often in peril but always resouceful. Susan Scott gives a delightful performance and steals every scene she is in. The film also looks gorgeous and the No Shame DVD showcases it in stunning widescreen. It's also stuck well and truly in the seventies, and the collection of outfits and wigs that Valentina sports are a constant supply of amusement. The complex story takes a lot of concentration to figure out, and it can get a bit slow in the middle of the film, but luckily the viewer is most likely to remember the opening (the murder) and the climax (a rooftop brawl where the whole cast seems to muck in and slug it out with each other), and forget the draggy middle section. The spiked glove killing is the most extreme sequence in the whole film.
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No Shame has issued a great double feature of Luciano Ercoli's Italian gialli entitled "The Luciano Ercoli Death Box Set." In both films, the beautiful blonde Susan Scott is victimized by a serial killer; unfortunately no one believes her.

In "Death Walks at Midnight," Scott is Valentina, a model who is tricked into taking an experimental hallucinogenic drug. While under the drug's influence, she witnesses a murder in the building opposite her own. Naturally, no one believes her, except for the killer. Soon it is learned that a girl was murdered in the other building, but the murder took place six months ago. What murder did Valentina witness? This is a very enjoyable giallo with gruesome murders involving a Medieval spiked glove, several plot twists, and a great surprise ending that threw me for a loop.

"Death Walks on High Heels" is the best of the two gialli in this collection. It is a classic Italian giallo. It is loaded with numerous twists and turns and red herrings. Everyone is suspected of being the killer. The ending wasn't quite as shocking as in "Death Walks at Midnight," however, it was a better thrill ride. It definitely kept me guessing. Scott plays Nicole, a stripper, whose jewel thief father is murdered. When the diamonds he was suppose to have been carrying aren't found, the killer threatens and attacks Nicole. Again, no one believes her. She leaves the county in the arms of a playboy doctor and travels to a secluded island, but the killer manages to find her.

Great 70's pop music and beautiful scenery accentuate both movies, which are prime examples of the Italian giallo. Susan Scott (Sergio Martino's "All the Colors of the Dark") is perfect as the heroine who is walked all over by death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC March 29, 2011
It's hard to believe there are so few reviews of this great set. Both movies are fantastic and I find it hard to pick my favorite. The plots are intricate and the murders are messy. Nieves Navarro just sparkles. She demands attention. I really like the trailers. I can still hear the click-clack of the high heels. Great quality transfers.
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