Weekend Murders 1970 ***

weekendmurders5Where do Amazon Prime get these films? Even the most rigorous cineaste must frown and shrug their shoulders at entries like 1970’s Weekend Murders. Of course, it’s a hidden gem, a engagingly daft country-house murder mystery in the Italian Giallo style but filmed in the UK. Directed my Michele Lopo, best knows for his gladiator flicks, Weekend Murders features some distinguished British actors, including Richard Caldicot (The Navy Lark) and Ballard Berkley, instantly recognisable as the Major from Fawlty Towers. The investigative team is an odd-couple pairing matching The Godfather’s burly Gaston Moschine with Lance Percival, and turning the tables by making Percival the smart one of the two. Somerlyton Hall in Suffolk looks great, the mystery is confusing but fun to resolve, and the dubbing is all over the place; Also known as The Story of Crime, Weekend Murders manages to rein in typical giallo sex and gore, and the result is something of a hoot from start to finish.

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