Dorellik / Arrriva Dorellik (1967)

3.5 out of 5

Toothy toff Terry Thomas, who also appeared in Danger: Diabolik, is a Scotland Yard cop of Clouseau like competence who is charged with tracking down his nemesis and arch villain Dorellik in this spoof of fumetti favourite Danger: Diabolik.

Singer and star of this feature Johnny Dorelli sings Strangers In The Night as an entire extended family massacre one another in a medieval armoury in sick and twisted set piece and as he is plinking away on a piano blood seeps under the door and this being a delicious illustration of how absolutely inspired this affair is at times.

Madcap to the maximum Dorellik is very much a time capsule piece in that it is from a time in cinema history that could produce such delicious comedy of the calibre of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Pink Panther and The Mouse on the Moon.

Directed by Lucio Fulci mentor Steno Arrriva Dorellik comes recommended to those who like their comedy to be ever so manic, ever so silly and ever so slapstick. The finale is a daft little headscratcher that rounds things off perfectly.

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