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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.

Special Features

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  • 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • From Spain with Love – featurette comprising newly-edited archive footage of 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 successful 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
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
105 mins approx.
Certificate:
18
Main Language:
English

Italian
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Luciano Ercoli
Actor:
Frank Wolff

Nieves Navarro

Simón Andreu

Carlo Gentili

George Rigaud

José Manuel Martín
Subtitle Languages:
English
Theatrical Release Year:
1971
Region:
2

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

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.

Special Features

g: 4px 0 6px;">Special Features

  • 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • From Spain with Love – featurette comprising newly-edited archive footage of 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 successful 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
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
105 mins approx.
Certificate:
18
Main Language:
English

Italian
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Luciano Ercoli
Actor:
Frank Wolff

Nieves Navarro

Simón Andreu

Carlo Gentili

George Rigaud

José Manuel Martín
Subtitle Languages:
English
Theatrical Release Year:
1971
Region:
2

B

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Exquisitely mounted murder mayhem artfully orchestrated by maestro Luciano Ercoli!

'Death Walks On High Heels' (1971) – Luciano Ercoli. Supremely stylish Giallo iconoclast Luciano Ercoli once again successfully reunites with many of the especially fine actors from his skull-wrecking classic 'Death Walks at Midnight', now with the entirely welcome addition of fascinating character actor Frank Wolff, playing urbane Dr. Robert Matthews who quite understandably becomes intrigued by vivacious burlesque dancer Nicole (Susan Scott), and an increasingly warped love triangle begins between flighty, carefree Nicole, the gregarious Dr. Matthews and Nicole's hot-blooded, dipsomaniac boyfriend, and into this unusually spicy melange of fulminating sexual fascination, deadly duplicity, adultery, and an electric blue-eyed, voice-box articulating, razor-wielding maniac, the legendary genre stylist, Gialli supremo Ernesto Gastaldi and capable co-writer May Valasco increase the delightfully labyrinthine nature of their densely red-herring clotted plot, with the additional pristine ballast of stolen diamonds, and the despicable lengths these mercenary individuals will undertake to retrieve them from their hiding place before the stolid and delightfully sardonic inspector Baxter (Carlo Gentili) prevents them from doing so! Excluding the pointed lack of J&B Whiskey,'Death Walks On High Heels' is arguably one of the quintessential 70s Gialli, glamorously utilizing exciting and visually stimulating locations, deliriously jet-setting between the sinfully seamy nightspots of Pigalle in Paris and the bracing bucolic beauty of England's rugged coastline, this joyfully convoluted, stiletto-cool thriller, with its kaleidoscopic array of intimate razor-slashing, hyperbolically sinister, murderously majestic death scenes, and deliciously distraught damsels in diabolical duress makes for a genuinely exhilarating experience, with all of this exquisitely mounted mayhem having been artfully orchestrated by Luciano Ercoli, and mellifluously augmented by one of my all-time favourite Giallo scores from maestro Stelvio Cipriani.

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