Assassinio al cimitero Etrusco (1982)

Italy, France (“an Italian/French co-production”),
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.33:1
mono, Italian

An Italian/French horror film directed by Sergio Martino using the pseudonym Christian Plummer. It was released in Italy on 17 September 1982 1Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989 by Roberto Curti pp.96-99

Plot Summary

Joan Barnard learns that her archaeologist husband, Arthur Barnard has been murdered while while excavating an Etruscan tomb in Italy. Joan travels to Italy and is soon beset by strange visions and she learns that her father is really an international drug dealer and he's been using the tomb to hide his wares…


Directed by: Christian Plummer [real name: Sergio Martino.[/mfn]
© 1982 Dania Film s.r.l, Medusa Distribuzione s.r.l., Imp.Ex.Ci.Sa, Les Films Jacques Leitienne
Medusa Distribuzione and Luciano Martino present. Dania Film s.r.l Rome, Medusa Distribuzione – Rome, Imp.Ex.Ci.Sa – Nice, Les Films Jacques Leitienne – Paris
Screenplay by: Ernesto Gastaldi, Maria Chianetta [real name: Mara Maryl.[/mfn], Jacques Leitienne
Story by: Ernesto Gastaldi, Dardano Sacchetti
Director of Photography: Giancarlo Ferrando
Editors: Eugenio and Daniele Alabiso
Original Music by: Fabio Frizzi
Sound Recordist: Roberto Petrozzi
Costume Designer: Antonello Geleng
Make-up Artists: Franco Rufini, Giovanni Rufini
Hairdresser: Sergio Gennari
Special Effects: Paolo Ricci
Art Director: Antonello Geleng

Elvire Audray (Joan Barnard)
Paolo Malco (Mike Grant)
Claudio Cassinelli (Paolo Domelli)
Marilú Tolo (Maria)
Wandisa Guida
Gianfranco Barra
Mario Cecchi
Franco Garofalo (Gianni Andrucci)
Maurizio Mattioli
Carlo Monni
Anita Sagnotti Laurenzi
Jacques Stany
Luigi Rossi
John Saxon (Arthur Barnard)
Van Johnson (Mulligan)
Nazareno Cardinali
Angela Doria
Antonio Maimone
Fulvio Mingozzi
Lucia Monaco
Mario Novelli
Bruno Rosa

Alternative Titles

Ainigma ston tafo ton Etrouskon – Greek title
Crime au cimetière étrusque – French title
O Escorpião de Duas Caudas – Portuguese title
Kaksihäntäinen scorppioni – Finnish video title
Kaksihäntäinen skorpioni – Finnish title
Il mistero degli Etruschi – re-release title
O Mistério Etrusco – Brazilian title
Murder in an Etruscan Cemetery – US title
Scorpion with Two Tails
The Scorpion with Two Tails
– US title



  • Cineinforme no.95 (December 1982) p.35
  • Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.8 no.4/5 (April/May 1982) p.51 – credits
  • Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.9 no.4/5 (April/May 1983) p.54 – credits, synopsis


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.373
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.394-95
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.53
  • Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989 by Roberto Curti pp.96-99
  • Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.174-175 – illustrated credits, review