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THE CASE OF THE SCORPION’S TAIL (1971) ** ½

This better than average Italian giallo benefits from some inspired cinematography, pretty cool death scenes and a couple of neat plot twists.  A woman’s husband dies suddenly in a (model) airplane crash and she inherits his million dollar life insurance policy.  She’s killed off thirty minutes into the movie by a killer in black leather and the focus switches to an insurance investigator who becomes the killer’s next target.  There are a couple more good twists and turns, but it’s too bad that director Sergio (Torso) Martino couldn’t maintain a consistent pace and tone.  He does offer up one cool broken bottle to the eyeball scene though.  Martino also directed the wonderfully titled Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key the next year.

Tags: c, thriller
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