Film #100: DEATH CARRIES A CANE (aka DIE NACHT DER ROLLENDEN KOPFE aka MANIAC AT LARGE)
Death Carries A Cane (aka Die Nacht Der Rollenden Kopfe aka Maniac At Large)
2 out of 5 stars
Yet another lackluster giallo… this time starring the beautiful Susan Scott (DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT, EMANUELLE AND THE LAST OF THE CANNIBALS, ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) , Robert Hoffman (SPASMO), and Simon Andreu (DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS, THE BLOOD-SPATTERED BRIDE, DIE ANOTHER DAY). This time… Kitty (Scott) inadvertently sees a woman murdered through a telescope and reports it to the police. Naturally (this IS a giallo, right?), the woman becomes obsessed with the personwho was killed (and the ones after that) and begins her own murder investigation. After some nudity by most of the female cast (a good thing), some pretty decent looking kills (throat slashes mostly), and some finding and disproving red herrings, we come to the final 5 minutes of the film and all is explained in a few short sentences. By no means interesting visually or plot-wise, this is a thoroughly non-essential film in the genre. In fact, the ONLY reason to see this is if you’re a fan of Susan Scott or Simon Andreu (who’s only in this for a short bit). Giallo fans will find it difficult to stay awake for most of it. Non-fans will find it impossible. If you want to see Scott & Andreu in better films, rent Luciano Ercoli’s DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT or DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS instead.