- Actors: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simon Andreu
- Directors: Luciano Ercoli
- Format: Anamorphic, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: Italian
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 4
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Studio: Arrow Video
- DVD Release Date: April 5, 2016
- Run Time: 208 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B01991ZKIW
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Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli (4-Disc Limited Edition Boxset) [Blu-ray + DVD] (includes Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight)
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Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early 70s, Luciano Ercoli s Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril.
In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.
Returning in Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss - forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone.
Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli s Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma s early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS
DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT
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Made in 1971 and 1972 respectively, both films star Susan Scott (Ercoli’s wife), Simon Andreu and several other bit players, although no one plays the same role twice. As the heroine, Scott in particular gets to portray considerably different characters, first as Valentina, a fiery Italian fashion model who witnesses a violent murder while under the influence of an LSD-type drug in Death Walks at Midnight. It’s a familiar giallo motif – the questionable memory of an unreliable witness – that Ercoli promptly ignores for most of the rest of the film.
After the violent set-up, the film plays out as a straight-forward mystery in very linear fashion, without the usual 20-minute pit-stops to refill the film’s tank with helpless victims. In fact, Midnight may be one of the most inoffensive giallos you'll ever seen. However, there’s a certain appeal to Ercoli’s denial of these exploitation elements, teasing us with hints of danger and brutality that never occur until the film’s action-packed finale. But even this cathartic conclusion oddly re-introduces Andreu’s ancillary character for the big showdown, rather than Valentina, who did all the legwork.
As with most entries in the genre, there’s no way on God’s green earth you’ll ever guess who’s the culprit until he or she reveals themselves. But in Midnight, that honestly seems to be Ercoli’s intention, saving the revelation for a choice moment that is truly a shocker. Factor in the film’s penchant for lightning quick verbal exchanges (those subtitles just fly across the screen) and more than a few stand-out visual moments (Valentina’s drug-induced visions are accompanied with a cool carotid camera shudder), and Midnight makes for yet another interesting deviation from the giallo norm.
Its follow-up, Death Walk on High Heels, is a bit more fun, mostly due to Susan Scott’s unleashed sexual energy. As a Parisian stripper on the run, Scott showcases her body on several occasions, seduces men with her sultry eating habits, and wears more wigs than a season’s worth of Alias episodes. And she manages to pull it all off while avoiding an unseen stalker who believes she’s hiding a cache of stolen diamonds.
When Scott disappears from the plot mid-way through the film, things return to Ercoli’s more reserved “murder-by-numbers” style. But with fewer suspects and an isolated setting – this time a quaint English village – it’s much more fun to guess who’s who and puzzle out motivations. High Heels is also lighter in tone, and more apt to have fun with its cast of exaggerated characters. A more likeable film all around, Ercoli hits a balance of sex, violence and humor that most genre fans will find irresistible.
Arrow's new Blu-ray double-feature easily surpasses the previous 2006 release from NoShame in both picture quality and extras, although everyone should hang on to that previously included CD of composer Stelvio Cipriani tracks. Everything here is all new and spread across both discs, including a pair of interviews with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi covering his Giallo for Dummies breakdown for aspiring writers and his career in general. Ercoli and Susan Scott share a 30-minute segment; Cipriani gets one all to himself. Desperately Seeking Susan is yet another fast-track film class narrated by Michael Mackenzie who explores Susan Scott's contribution to the pantheon of giallo heroines. But the most valuable information comes from Tim Lucas' commentary tracks. Well-prepared and overstuffed with facts both obvious and obscure, Lucas is a seasoned pro and it shows.
Final product includes a 60-page booklet with new writing from Howarth and a reversible sleeve with newly commissioned artwork. Limited to 3000 copies, Death Walks Twice should have no problem selling out. If you haven't pre-ordered you might want get out the black gloves and start clicking.
You would be hard pressed to find a disappointing Giallo. Most of them are able to offer something exciting. It could either be stunning women, blood or beautiful sets filled with colour. The greats like Argento and Bava know how to insert all that into a film – Blood and Black Lace from Mario Bava springs instantly to mind. All of this brings me to a director I wasn’t aware of until Arrow Video decided to release the fantastic Death Walks Twice Blu-ray boxed-set that I’m reviewing today. The two films included in the boxed-set are Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight, both of the movies directed by Luciano Ercoli. The films are also written my Giallo master Ernesto Gastaldi (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key). Both films tick off everything I’ve listed above. It has the beautiful Nieves Navarro (going by Susan Scott in these two flicks), a bit of blood – moreso in Death Walks At Midnight, and amazing sets in Milan, Paris and the English coast. The films both succeed at giving the viewer a mystery that won’t be easy to solve and keeps you entertained the entire way through. The boxed-set from Arrow Video is once again, a fantastic release. If you want to know what comes in the set and how damn good the movies are, read on…
Death Walks on High Heels:
Nieves Navarro plays Nicole, a striptease artist who’s work borders on extreme racism – her one act involving black face is probably the biggest racist striptease I’ve ever seen. It isn’t her risque job that gets her into trouble, though, but in fact her father’s line of work. Her father is a bank robber, who recently stole some diamonds and hide them somewhere. He is murdered by a masked individual who is looking for said diamonds. The police believe Nicole knows where the diamonds are and the masked killer thinks the same. Her life is in danger and she believes her boyfriend (Simón Andreu) could be the killer. Due to this fear, Nicole hooks up with the dashing gentlemen Dr. Robert Matthews (Frank Wolff) and goes with him to his seaside cottage in the English countryside. However, death follows her to her little oasis and her life is put on the line.
Death Walks on High Heels screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi crafts a fantastic murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. He also does things a little differently with his characters, which I won’t spoil. You’ll definitely be shocked and appropriately confused with Death Walks on High Heels.
The film does slow down a bit during the middle half, especially due to a certain character being absent from the plot, but it never once feels boring. It’s a movie that after you figure out who the killer is, you’ll want to go back and watch the movie again to see the little hints at who is doing the sleuthing and murdering.
Death Walks at Midnight:
The next movie in this wonderful boxed-set is Death Walks at Midnight, which is once again written by Ernesto Gastaldi and directed by Luciano Ercoli. It also stars Nieves Navarro and several other actors who were in Death Walks on High Heels. The film was released in 1971, so the two films feel very similar in look and style.
Taking a cue from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Death Walks at Midnight has Valentina (Navarro) witnessing a murder across from her apartment while high on a hallucinogen. She at first is not sure if it was real or some drug induced fantasy, but when the killer she pictured starts stalking her, she realizes it’s very much a real thing. Valentina goes to the police, but they are no help, so she decides to conduct her own investigation.
Death Walks at Midnight is yet another fantastic murder mystery, with a strong female lead. Unlike the normal damsels in distress, who collapse at the first sight of something scary, the character of Valentina is a strong woman, who takes charge. She does fall into that cliche damsel in distress role in the middle of the movie, wanting and needing a man to comfort her, however, that’s only for a short period and she is back in charge in no time.
As for the mystery, I had a few ideas as to what was going on, but in the end, I was still very much surprised. Death Walks at Midnight was a wonderful Giallo that should keep you entertained. It also has a bit of the red stuff to entice gorehounds and you can’t go wrong with Navarro, as she is drop dead gorgeous.
Sliding in nicely next to other Arrow Video boxed-sets, Death Walks Twice is another fantastic release, which comes in a hard cardboard sleeve, with an impressive 60-page booklet to read. The audio and video for both films are damn impressive. Each film retains a nice look, with even audio and video. Death Walks at Midnight does switch over to English for a small section if you’re listening to the Italian dub. This was due to the original Italian audio being too damaged. Other than that small, tiny thing, the rest of everything else is near perfect.
Death Walks on High Heels features an impressive lineup of special features. First and foremost is an audio commentary with film critic Tim Lucas. Next, you have a quick introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi. There is also an interview with actress Nieves Navarro and director Luciano Ercoli. This feature doesn’t talk much about Death Walks on High Heels. In fact, not many of the features talk about the movie but instead discuss the Giallo genre instead. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, as the interview with Ernesto Gastaldi is damn entertaining for any fan of the Giallo, but I do wish more was discussed in regards to the making of Death Walks on High Heels.
Death Walks at Midnight doesn’t feature as many special features as High Heels, but what is provided is very much welcome. You have another commentary with Tim Lucas, an introduction to the movie and an interview with Ernesto Gastaldi, a visual essay about actress Nieves Navarro, which provides a nice dissection of her career in regards to the two Death films in this set. Another nice feature is the 105 minute TV version, which features different scenes from the theatrical cut. An all-around impressive set of features.
The Death Walks Twice boxed-set from Arrow Video is an easy recommend. The two films provide plenty of everything a Giallo fan wants. If I had to pick a favorite, I would probably say Death Walks at Midnight, but you can’t go wrong with either one. The special features are going to keep you busy for awhile, which is usual with Arrow Video’s releases. This is a big recommend.
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