Death Walks at Midnight (1972)

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Death Walks at Midnight (1972)
La morte accarezza a mezzanotte (original title)

Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment. While influenced by the drug, Valentina has a vision of a young woman being brutally murdered with a viciously spiked glove. It turns out that a woman was killed in exactly the same way not long ago and soon Valentina finds herself stalked by the same killer...
Italy
Spain
IMDb   6.3 /10
TheMovieDb    6.1 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   5.0 /10
Creators
Director Luciano Ercoli
Writer Sergio Corbucci
Writer Ernesto Gastaldi
Writer Mahnahén Velasco
Information
Release Date1972-11-16
Runtime1h 42min
GenreComedy, Horror, Mystery
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards
CompanyCinecompany, C.B. Films S.A.
CountryItaly, Spain
LanguageItalian
Valentinaas Valentina
Gio Baldias Gio Baldi
Peter Martell
Peter Martell
Stefanoas Stefano
Inspector Serinoas Inspector Serino
Prof. Otto Wuttenbergas Prof. Otto Wuttenberg
Claudio Pellegrini
Claudio Pellegrini
Henri Velaqas Henri Velaq
Fabrizio Moresco
Fabrizio Moresco
Pepitoas Pepito
Alessandro Perrella
Alessandro Perrella
Van Driveras Van Driver
Elio Veller
Elio Veller
Pinoas Pino
Hans Krutzeras Hans Krutzer
Raúl Aparici
Raúl Aparici
Juan Hernandezas Juan Hernandez
Giuliana Rivera
Giuliana Rivera
Vanessaas Vanessa
Anna Recchimuzzi
Anna Recchimuzzi
Nunas Nun
Manuel Muñiz
Manuel Muñiz
The Porteras The Porter
Guido Spadea
Guido Spadea
Spadea - Policemanas Spadea - Policeman
Franco Moraldi
Franco Moraldi
L'ispettore Capo Toscanoas L'ispettore Capo Toscano
Giorgio White
Giorgio White
Giacomo Pergola
Giacomo Pergola
Giacomino - il Pazzo Ballerinoas Giacomino - il Pazzo Ballerino

La morte accarezza a mezzanotte

Death Walks at Midnight (Italian: La morte accarezza a mezzanotte, lit. 'Death Caresses at Midnight') is a 1972 giallo film directed by Luciano Ercoli. The film was written by Ernesto Gastaldi, Guido Leoni, Mahnahén Velasco and Mannuel Velasco. It starred Susan Scott, Simón Andreu, Peter Martell, Claudie Lange and Carlo Gentili. The film was also released in English-speaking countries as Cry Out in Terror.


Plot

Fashion model Valentina (Susan Scott) agrees to help her journalist boyfriend Giò Baldi (Simón Andreu) research the effects of LSD. While under the influence of the drug, Valentina sees a man bludgeon a woman to death with a spiked gauntlet. Baldi publishes a report of her hallucinations; however, Valentina believes what she has seen is real. She begins to realise that the killer is stalking her, although neither Baldi nor the police will believe what she tells them.


Cast

  • Susan Scott: Valentina
  • Simón Andreu: Giò Baldi
  • Peter Martell: Stefano
  • Carlo Gentili: ispett. Serino
  • Claudie Lange: Verushka Wuttenberg
  • Ivano Staccioli: prof. Wuttenberg
  • Fabrizio Moresco: Pepito
  • Claudio Pellegrini: Henri
  • Luciano Rossi: Hans Krutzer
  • Raúl Aparici: Juan Hernandez
  • Alessandro Perrella: Van

Production

Death Walks at Midnight marks the third collaboration between director Luciano Ercoli and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi, who had previously worked together on 1971's La morte cammina con i tacchi alti and 1970's Le foto proibite di una signora per bene. Ercoli's wife Nieves Navarro, credited here as Susan Scott, featured in several of his other films, often in similar roles as "tough, independent" women. The director's preference for this type of character has been noted as being inspired by fumetti, a form of Italian photonovel often featuring such roles.


Release

Death Walks at Midnight was released in Italy on 17 November 1972. It was released under that title in English by NoShame Films as part of a box set with Death Walks in High Heels, titled Luciano Ercoli's Death Box Set. It has also been distributed under the title Muerte acaricia a medianoche.


Reception

Writing for Allmovie, Robert Firsching gave the film one star out of five, calling it "laughably camp fun". Writing for DVD Talk, Stuart Galbraith described the film as having "an exciting knock-down, drag-out climax". Reviewing the film alongside La morte cammina i tachi alti, Galbraith felt that La morte accarezza a mezzanotte had "a stronger, less-predictable screenplay a bit more visual flair" than its companion film; he ultimately rated both films together three-and-a-half stars out of five.


Footnotes

References

  • Shipka, Danny (2011). Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France, 1960–1980 (illustrated ed.). McFarland & Company. ISBN 0786448881.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Luther-Smith, Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

External links

  • La morte accarezza a mezzanotte at IMDb
  • La morte accarezza a mezzanotte at AllMovie