The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.
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Very much a giallo in the Ernesto Gastaldi tradition; a story of greed & double-cross similar to the presentation of Death Walks on High Heels, where victims are more likely to be seduced by antagonists rather than stalked by them. Martino's direction is stylish but unobtrusive; there's none of the bold formalist experimentation or appeals to Freud & Hitchcock that were the feature of Argento's work from this period.
**1/2. Above average giallo well directed by Sergio Martino. No poetry here but one finds in this film all the elements of the classic giallo. Internationalism (London, Athens, Greek islands and Tokyo by phone), sharp-edged knives, glass and detectives, blonde women who disappear (tragically and bloodily) after 30 minutes and many suspects who die before the guilty murderer is finally found. Almost already forgotten.
somewhere between a 3 and a 4.... aurally and visually captivating and i love martino's womyn (this is surprisingly tame in the t&a dept. and lacking some of the misogyny and casual racism of other giallos) but it does lull a bit
After being dissapointed with Berberian Sound studio nothing surpasses going to the roots. Watching an actual giallo with everything you expect from the genre: haunting score, euro-fashion, pretty girls, plot twists that keep you guessing. Hilton is a solid lead actor and makes some of the most far-fetched plot twists not very distracting.