Several cast members from The Sweet Body of Deborah were reunited a few years later for The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, an above average giallo which boasts groovy London locations (again demonstrating that Euro-filmmakers were far better at using English settings than native ones) and a script that is so convoluted that you could stuff it in your chest cavity and use it to digest food.
Although it’s not exactly a good film, The Last House on Cemetery Lane is a surprisingly likable affair. The plot is old hat and the script littered with insane dialogue, while nothing much actually happens for large stretches of the running time
Despite the fact that this is a rather flat looking production – given the locations and the plot the lack of visual style is a real missed opportunity – Soldiers of the Damned is a surprisingly effective little film, one of those productions that has the ability to lodge in the mind after its conclusion.
Despite featuring many of the same people both in front of and behind the cameras (cinematographer Stelvio Massi, scriptwriter Tito Carpi, actors Barberito, Sini & Southwood), They Call Me Hallelujah represents a considerable evolutionary step from the previous Carnimeo / Hilton production, A Fistful of Lead.
It’s fair to say that there’s not a great deal of plot in Morning Star, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Instead its a traditional quest story which is stripped down to the bare minimum and then given a supernatural slant.
Although The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh might be trash of the highest order, but it’s all put together with a degree of high quality professionalism that gives it a distinct veneer of class and raises it’s status to being one of the very best of Italian gialli.
First things first: this is not, repeat not, Eden Lake (whatever the packaging may very deliberately imply). That was a clever film that punched well above its weight and stands up as a classic of modern British horror.