Death Walks on High Heels (BLU-RAY)
An exotic dancer flees from a would-be killer in this riveting and sexy thriller.
Although less celebrated than some of his better known giallo peers such as Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Sergio Martino, late producer-turned-director Luciano Ercoli contributed three hugely entertaining and memorable entries to the genre including this, his 1971 sophomore effort, Death Walks on High Heels.
Spanish-born model and actress Nieves Navarro stars as Nicole, an exotic dancer who finds herself terrorized by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her murdered father s stolen gems.
Fleeing Paris in hopes of evading her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in England only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.
With the scene-stealing Navarro at its center, Death Walks on High Heels manages to subvert the conventions of the giallo film by having a ballsy, well-rounded female protagonist to root for representing a welcome departure from the neurotic stereotypes found elsewhere within the genre.
These are two superlative examples of the grisly murder explosion in cinema in the late 1970s, linked by their shared casting of the stunning Susan Scott, wife of director Luciano Ercoli, as the lead woman in peril. Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Ercoli’s Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate Brian De Palma’s early psycho thrillers.
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