Death Knocks Twice / Blonde Köder für den Mörder (1969)

2.0 out of 5

Maybe appealing to would be jet-setters and an aspirational middle class dreaming of Mediterranean holidays and sipping vermouth before beautiful sunsets Death Knocks Twice, in truth, appears as if it slipped from the screen of some Pearl and Dean travel themed commercial featuring an easy listening score and a cast that maybe should have known better.

There are a few twists in this thriller but they represent scant pay-off for what has little more attraction than an appeal to tastes in kitsch. If Bob Downe made thrillers then this is how they would probably look.

Death Knocks Twice is not, to be honest, a good thriller. It has a few nice stylistic touches and a couple of good ideas but put together it is all a little bit too busy and messy. Still, it has Fabio Testi and Anita Ekberg in it and Adolfo Celi too. Harald Philipp directs.

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