The Case of the Scorpion's Tail

1971 [ITALIAN]

Action / Mystery / Thriller

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Italian 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
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Italian 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kosmasp7 / 10

What's love - gotta do with it?

Love for Giallo or thrillers or love in general that is. Maybe just the latter? Though if you don't like the genre itself, the question is why would you want to watch this anyway? But murder mystery is one thing, giving you one of the biggest red herrings with - well I won't spoilt it, suffice to say, one does not expect that character fate at all.

But it works in favor of the movie and even if maybe you can decipher and see the twist, it still works. I guess I've seen one too many (or at least quite a lot) of these types of movies to have grown a feeling of how most go down - no pun intended. Decent acting, script works the way it should and enough murder, mayhem and nudity to keep everyone occupied who is not too squeamish

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho7 / 10

Enjoyable and Attractive

When a plane explodes in the air with no survivors, the unfaithful Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart) is informed that her husband, businessman Baumer, left a one-million-dollar insurance police and she is the beneficiary. She travels from London to Athens to receive the payment in cash and then to travel to Greece to meet her lover. Meanwhile, the insurance company suspects that a bomb might be planted in the plane and assigns their investigator Peter Lynch (George Hilton) to investigate the widow in Greece. Soon she is threatened by Baumer's lover Lara Florakis (Janine Reynaud) and her bodyguard Sharif (Luis Barboo),but Peter protects and rescues her from the attackers. When the front desk calls Lisa to take the taxi to the airport, they discover that she was murdered, and the money has vanished. Soon local Police Inspector Stavros (Luigi Pistilli),Interpol Agent John Stanley (Alberto de Mendoza) and the French Investigative Reporter Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg),who is having an affair with Peter, investigate the case where Peter is the prime suspect.

"La coda dello scorpione", a.k.a. "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail", is an enjoyable and attractive Italian Spanish UK thriller (or giallo). The plot follows the usual formula, with a mystery, twists, sexy and beautiful actresses, a handsome male character and many crimes. The locations are wonderful, but there are also silly moments and dialogs. The special effects, specially the gore, are not good but acceptable considering it is a 1971 movie. The conclusion is weak, but the film is worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Cauda do Escorpião" ("The Scorpion's Tail")

Reviewed by capkronos5 / 10

Watchable, but not exactly impressive

I'm American so when dealing with foreign films, I'm willing to accept it when not all of the pieces fall exactly into place (especially in light that some things can become lost in translation from the original script to the English dubbing and/or subtitles),but this film leaves so many loose ends behind that it's difficult not to be feel a bit cheated at the end. However, it does provide giallo fans with exactly what they want and expect to see, so it's not exactly a total washout, either.

After an (obvious toy) airplane explosion kills her husband Kurt, London socialite Lisa Baumer ("Evelyn Stewart"/Ida Galli, who was used to much better effect in the underrated MURDER MANSION) is set to inherit one million dollars from an insurance policy. Not an ideal wife to begin with (she's in bed with one of her many lovers when she hears the "bad" news),we get the strong feeling that Lisa's days are seriously numbered and get an even stronger impression of this when an ex-lover who tries to blackmail her is knifed to death inside her apartment. Lisa flees to Athens, Greece to both escape the killer and cash in the policy but is trailed by several characters; including Interpol agent Stavros (Luigi Pistilli) and insurance investigator Peter Lynch (George Hilton),both of whom seem to think that Lisa was somehow involved with planting explosives on the airplane. While in Greece, Lisa also meets up with her hubby's obnoxious short-fused mistress Lara (Janine Reynaud),who demands half the money... or else. Lara sends her "lawyer" Sharif (Luis Barboo) after Lisa with a switchblade, but Peter shows up just in time to save. A bit flustered, Lisa goes ahead and cashes the policy in, books an evening flight out to Tokyo and decides to spend her few hours left in Greece all alone in her hotel room. Big mistake. Someone dressed in the standard mad killer outfit (black outfit, leather gloves and mask),sneaks in, slashes her throat, guts her and walks away with her bag of money.  A few more characters are introduced (including blonde Anita Strinberg as a journalist who hooks up with Peter),there are several more murders (including a memorable close-up eyeball gouging with a shard of glass) and the plot twists are laid on thick and heavy (handed). And, oh yeah... the scorpion of the title refers to a cuff-link left behind at the scene of an attack, which seems to have belonged to Lisa's (dead?) husband.

In all honesty, I had a difficult time dealing with some of the plot holes and multiple loose ends in the story. Some of the twists (particularly the identity of the mystery killer) are in annoying defiance to what we've already seen and don't make much sense. But as expected, the murder scenes are directed, lit and photographed with some style. The occasional cool green and red lighting brightens things up considerably. There's also one scene that Argento lifted wholesale for SUSPIRIA, as the killer teasingly tries to open a lock from between a crack in the door with a knife blade. Gore-wise, it is barely sufficient if you don't mind bright red blood. The cast is decent, with Hilton and Strindberg very attractive leads, though there's far less nudity here than in similar movies, with only Anita providing some brief topless nudity. Good score by Bruno Nicolai. Overall it's about average from what I've seen in the genre.

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