Scorpion With Two Tails / Assassinio al cimitero etrusco (1982)

1.5 out of 5

Archaeologist John Saxon is murdered after discovering an ancient Etruscan tomb in an unexplored cave. His wife, Elvire Audray, seeks the truth about her husband’s death and finds herself drawn by an unknown force to the cursed tomb, as she experiences unusual dreams and visions of ancient rituals. Aided by Paolo Malco, she uncovers a world of drug smuggling, grave robbing, and murder.

Also known as Murder In An Etruscan Cemetery, Sergio Martino’s utterly boring thriller lacks any suspense or style, despite the contributions of writer Ernesto Gastaldi. This unsuccessful mixture of supernatural horror, giallo, and crime film results in a confused plot which fails to deliver any thrills or scares. The bloodless deaths consist of necks being twisted until broken, which becomes repetitive and predictable after the first few times.

Although not one of Martino’s better works, it is worth a viewing for the atmospheric scenes where the heroine wanders through the dark passages of the smoky cave, accompanied by recycled musical cues from Fabio Frizzi’s City of the Living Dead.

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