Death Walks Twice" is the name of the new package of two Italian giallo films - DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS (La morte cammina con i tacchi alti) from 1971, and DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT (La morte accarezza a mezzanotte) from 1972 -- by a filmmaker completely new to me, Luciano Ercoli. Made during the height of the giallo craze (you can read another of my giallo posts by clicking here), the earlier film received no theatrical release in the USA, though the second one did (the films' release information comes according to the IMDB).
Arrow Video--the two films come to us in a spanking new Blu-ray package, with a transfer that is simply stunning: so crisp, clear and luminously colorful that you'll feel immediately transported back to those 1970 halcyon days. In fact, it's difficult to imagine the movies looking any better, even in their big-screen Italian theatrical debut. I suspect that Signore Ercoli, at right, who died only last year, would be quite proud of this release. (He and his star in both films, Nieves Navarro, who was usually billed as Susan Scott, are featured in a Q&A interview on one of the discs in the package.)
But the two films are also very different from other giallo I've seen. As many men are killed as women, making the movies seem less sexist; and while the blood and
These two films seem nowhere near as dark, forbidding and psychologically creepy as do, say, a number of the films of Dario Argento. (See his Deep Red, for one of the greatest of the giallos.) I suppose you could call them giallo-lite, and I don't mean that as a pejorative. Much of this lightness is due, I think, to the very interesting performances of Ms Navarro/Scott.
Simón Andreu (shown in a precarious position, two photos below), Claudie Lange and Carlo Gentili among them -- so that you feel you're watching a kind of giallo repertory company.
here for complete information regarding what this new package contains -- distributed here in the USA via MVD Entertainment Group -- as well as the info on how to purchase the set.