HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Dark Phoenix
No Mercy
Arctic
Fate of Lee Khan, The
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Ladyworld
Rocketman
Kid Who Would Be King, The
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
America America
Darkest Minds, The
Along Came Jones
Hummingbird Project, The
Under the Table You Must Go
Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War
Hanging Tree, The
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
Itsy Bitsy
Witchmaker, The
Prey, The
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Happy Death Day 2U
Full Moon High
Strange But True
Kamikaze 1989
Never Grow Old
Time of Your Life, The
Mountain Men, The
Epic
Best Before Death
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Isabelle
Non-Stop New York
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood
Oblomov
Alita: Battle Angel
We the Animals
Ibiza Undead
Wings of Eagles, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
Holiday from Hell: In Bruges on Blu-ray
The Comedy Stylings of Kurt Russell: Used Cars and Captain Ron
Robot Rocked: The Avengers Cybernauts Trilogy on Blu-ray
Hammer's Bloodthirsty Bad Girls 1970: Lust for a Vampire and Countess Dracula
Hammer to Fall: Kiss Me Deadly on Blu-ray
Home of the Grave: The House That Dripped Blood and Asylum on Blu-ray
Wondrous Women: Supergirl vs Captain Marvel
   
 
  Case of the Scorpion's Tail, The Beware its stingBuy this film here.
Year: 1971
Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Evelyn Stewart, Luigi Pistilli, Janine Reynaud, Alberto De Mendoza, Tom Fellaghy, Luis Barboo, Annalisa Nardi
Genre: Horror, Sex, Thriller
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: When adulterous wife Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart) loses her husband in an exploding plane, she inherits a million dollars. Although the insurance company suspect she conspired with her lover to murder Mr. Baumer, she maintains her innocence. Shortly afterwards, Lisa is stalked by another ex-lover who blackmails her over past statements about wanting the old man dead. She agrees to pay, but later arrives at his apartment to find he has been stabbed to death. Flying from London to Athens to collect her fortune, Lisa is trailed by Peter Lynch (George Hilton), a suave private investigator working for the insurance company. He saves her life when she is threatened by yet another set of blackmailers, this time her husband’s former mistress (Janine Reynaud) and her knife-wielding accomplice. Peter persuades Lisa to go to the police, but later she is knifed to death by a killer in black leather. A sardonic local police inspector (Luigi Pistilli) and Interpol agent John Stanley (Alberto De Mendoza) take charge of the investigation, while Peter finds an ally in sexy crime photographer Cleo Dupont (Anita Strindberg). They set out to crack the case themselves.

Taking its title from a pair of scorpion shaped cuff-links that prove a vital clue, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail springs from another deliciously twisted and twist-laden screenplay penned by giallo veteran Ernesto Gastaldi, working in tandem with co-writers Sauro Scavolini and Eduardo Maria Brochero. A super stylish Bruno Nicolai score is in perfect synch with the arresting imagery woven by underrated Italian jack-of-all-genres Sergio Martino, although the terrible model aeroplane used in the explosive opening sequence marks a rare misstep.

As in the Gastaldi-scripted Death Walks on High Heels (1971), the plot abruptly bumps off one heroine then switches focus from one protagonist to another. Evelyn Stewart is rather frosty as the persecuted Lisa, which is a flaw given we are meant to empathise as she his faced with blackmailers around ever corner, only to come to a nasty end. Fortunately, Anita Strindberg - looking considerably more glamorous than in her later Martino collaboration, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) - proves more engaging. Indeed, Cleo is scripted as one of the brighter, more intuitive heroines in the giallo genre. Nevertheless, typical early Seventies sexism rears its head, as the price of being emancipated leaves Cleo a terrible cook. “Darling you are much better in the bedroom”, remarks Peter in suitably smarmy fashion.

While ambitious, the multi-perspective narrative prevents viewers from growing emotionally involved in the mystery. However, Martino masterfully teases as to the identity of the killer who - in his slouch hat, black mask and leather suit - ranks among the most stylishly dressed giallo murderers. The murder sequences are expertly orchestrated with great cinematic flair. In particular the stalking of Jess Franco and sexploitation regular Janine Reynaud - e.g. Kiss Me Monster (1967), I Am A Nymphomaniac (1971) - which features the spine-tingling use of a straight razor to undo a door latch, several years before a similar scene in Suspiria (1977).

Martino throws in some grindhouse crowd-pleasing gore, including an explicit eye-gouging, and nudity alongside an extended sequence where the lovely Strindberg explores an underwater cave in a skimpy bikini, her striking blue eyes ably conveying the sheer terror of her discovery. But this is mostly all about those snakelike plot twists which ensure that while this might not be as top-drawer as Martino’s Edwige Fenech vehicles The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1970) and especially All the Colours of the Dark (1972), it still ranks among the most entertaining gialli of the era.

Click here for the trailer

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 1775 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: