Death Walks on High Heels / La morte cammina con i tacchi alti (1971)

2.5 out of 5

After her jewel thief father is murdered, Paris stripper Susan Scott is threatened by a blue-eyed masked maniac demanding to know the location of some stolen diamonds. She suspects her boyfriend, Simón Andreu, after finding a pair of blue contacts in his medicine cabinet. She flees to a coastal English town with a rich admirer that frequents her club, eye surgeon Frank Wolff, with whom she begins a love affair. However, her troubles are far from over.

Luciano Ercoli’s second giallo contains an extremely convulted and confusing murder plot, plenty of red herrings and the unexpected death of a main character midway through the film, but lacks the suspense or stylish touches of his other gialli.

Highlights of the film include a couple of grisly murder scenes, a lively score by Stelvio Cipriani, a gorgeous seaside location, some brutal fistfights, a tasteless blackface striptease by Scott, and Death Walks At Midnight’s Carlo Gentili and Fabrizio Moresco as a comedic pair of Scotland Yard detectives.

Andreu is entertaining as hot-blooded drunk Michel, while Luciano Rossi is creepy as the shifty cottage caretaker. As a tragic footnote, Wolff committed suicide the same year as the film’s release.

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