DEATH WALKS TWICE: TWO FILMS BY LUCIANO ERCOLI [LIMITED EDITION]
Release Date: 29th March 2016
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Starring: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu
Directed By: Luciano Ercoli
Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early ‘70s, Luciano Ercole’s Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the Spanish-born model Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril.
In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorized by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father’s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.
Returning in Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina – a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when the authorities refuse to believe that a crime has been committed, Valentina is forced to assume the role of amateur sleuth.
Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma’s early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).
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- Slant Magazine
"Death Walks Twice is Arrow at the top of their game... The movies themselves hold up quite well, both pictures providing plenty of thrills and suspenseful entertainment with just the right amount of sex and violence to go along with it. Highly recommended."
- DVD Talk
Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi From Spain with Love - featurette comprising newly-edited archive interview with director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro, interviewed at their home in Barcelona Master of Giallo – screenwriter Gastaldi on Death Walks on High Heels and how to write a sucessful giallo Death Walks to the Beat - a career-spanning interview with High Heels composer Stelvio Cipriani Original Italian and English trailers Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi Extended TV version of the feature Crime Does Pay – screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on his career in the crime film-writing buisness, including a look at Death Walks at Midnight Desperately Seeking Susan – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx