Etruscan Kills Again, The / L'etrusco uccide ancora (1972)

3.0 out of 5

Armando Crispino directs this feature which is based on a Bryan son of Edgar Wallace short story. The Etruscan Kills Again is an Italian, West German and Yugoslav co-production that stars a made for TV pairing of Alex Cord and Samantha Eggar.

Could it be that, in common with Andrea Biachi's Burial ground, an archaeological expedition has unwittingly unleashed an ancient Etruscan demon? Possibly, but the police have other suspects. Family intrigue is explored with its rivalries and jealousies while the possibility of supernatural forces remains a distinct possibility.

Shot in a 35mm anamorphic widescreen format The Etruscan Kills Again looks great. The incidental use of a Verdi requiem as musical accompaniment to key dramatic scenes is inspired with Riz Ortolani's scoring occasionally reminiscent of Cannibal Holocaust.

For our effort we get grizzly, if largely offscreen killings, plot development supported with dreamy flashbacks, a ballet troupe, a love story, a hair raising through the narrow streets poliziotteschi style car chase, potential supernatural involvement plus a finale with echoes of Freudian motivation. There is plenty going on and this engages from start to finish.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics