Night of the Scorpion (1972)
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 80 min | Year: 1972 |  Spain Italy

This Spanish-Italian co-production tells the story of a man who feels deep guilt for the death of his wife: he, an alcoholic, is convinced that he accidentally caused her fatal fall in their house while he was drunk. He finds a new wife, but he is unable to cope with his first wife's death. Furthermore, it appears the maid and his sister do not accept the new woman in the household. After a while, suddenly begins bodies turn up ... and the grave of the man's first wife is empty!

Oliver Bromfield has lost his father and wife Helen (Gioia Desideri), which causes him to move back to the gigantic ancestral home in the mountains far from the closest village. Despite the fact that they are isolated from anyone else, he makes a point to tell his new wife Ruth (Daniela Giordano) to not listen to what anyone says about his family. If that isn't enough to freak her out, perhaps the way that Oliver's stepmother Sarah (Nuria Torray) kisses him will do it. Or maybe it's the maid (Alicia Tomás) who doesn't answer questions or the sister who refuses to speak to her. Look, if you marry into a rich family in a giallo, your chances of encountering weirdness and death are absolute.

So yes, Sarah keeps trying to seduce her stepson as well as spying on him as he consummates his new marriage. His sister Jenny angrily stabs butterflies as she laments the loss of Helen, with whom she definitely had an affair and when Oliver found out, Helen took a dive over the railing. Maybe. Who can say?

Ruth slowly starts going insane, what with being trapped in this house of depression. Wouldn't you be worried if you watch a kitten die after drinking the poisoned milk that you were about to drink and then come back to life?

Everybody in this family wants someone they can't have and Ruth starts to realize that maybe she shouldn't have said yes to this marriage deal. She even brings in a private detective (Osvaldo Genazzani) who she says is her Uncle Edgar to figure out what's happening.

That's when a killer with black gloves and a blade remembers that we're in a giallo and not a soap opera and starts stabbing people with just twenty minutes left.

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Cheating Notes

Helen, Oliver's deceased wife, cheated on him with his sister Jenny when she was alive. The two women have flashback intimate scenes at 27:20 and 52:04.

Original / Other Title:  La casa de las muertas vivientes

 Director:  Alfonso Balcázar

Genres: Horror

Country:   Spain Italy
Language:  Spanish
Release Date:  7 January 1972

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