Film #296: THE CORPSE PACKS HIS BAGS aka DER TODESRACHER VON SOHO
The Corpse Packs His Bags aka Der Todesracher von Soho
2 out of 5 stars
This German-language adaptation of Edgar Wallace’s “Secret of the Black Suitcases” from 1973 is, well… a bit of a mess. A textbook procedural with some every so slight giallo aspects layered in, the film is essentially made with the technical ability of a TV “Movie of the Week.” In this case, the plot has something to do with a knife-throwing killer who – get this – packs his victim’s bags before killing them. The film is clumsily scripted, incoherent in places, and – worst of all – boring. Acting is stiff and, at times, goofy (especially the wedged-in love story). Editing adds to the film’s disjointedness, making it even more confusing than it already is. As if that wasn’t enough, the film was directed by the legendary Spanish filmmaker, Jesus Franco (VENUS IN FURS, OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES) and that makes no sense. If you know anything about Franco’s career, you’ll understand what I mean. In the end, DER TODESRACHER VON SOHO is just another in a long line of Wallace adaptations. Not particularly well-done or interesting, this one is for Krimi, Wallace, and Franco completists ONLY.