Review: Death Walks on High Heels (1971)

Luciano Ercoli’s giallo classic is released by Arrow Video today as part of the ‘Death Walks Twice’ box set, with Death Walks at Midnight (1972) also in the set.

It’s a joy to watch again, as we follow the stunning exotic dancer Nicole (Nieves Navarro, starring under her stage name of Susan Scott) as she’s involved in a plot to recover some stolen diamonds from her murdered jewel thief father, which puts her life under threat.

With the black-clad murderer with piercing blue eyes after her, Nicole flees to London with her new rich lover but she can’t get away from the stalker.

Death Walks…is kitsch, classy and sexy, with some great dialogue – in an English country pub, a man remarks to an old lady about the sex life of Nicole and her lover during the day, to which the old lady replies ‘what do they get up to at night?!’ – and it’s genuinely a lot of fun. As far as giallo goes, there’s some genre-pleasing moments that fans will enjoy and a solid, twist and turns plot that does bring a surprise at the end.

It’s worth watching for Navarro/Scott’s wonderful dancing alone.

TOTAL RATING: 7/10

GORE RATING: 2/5

SCARES: 2/5

DISTURBIA: 2/5

Watch it for: Nieves Navarro/Susan Scott is captivating

Watch out for: What you see through the keyhole

 

 

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I like Dario Argento movies. A LOT

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