Death Walks at Midnight (1972)
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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- La morte accarezza a mezzanotte at IMDb
- La morte accarezza a mezzanotte at AllMovie