Death Falls Lightly has an unusual and engaging story but suffers from poor production values and performances. The film continues the “meta” thread from Crimes of the Black Cat (1972) by introducing a film crew making a giallo, but much of the film is deliberately claustrophobic and grim. In the hands of a better cast and director, it may well have emerged as a minor classic; as it stands, it deserves better exposure but is one of many gialli which does not quite live up to its full potential. ...Even so, the story manages some nice twists and turns and certainly manages to hold one’s interest. ...The body count is low and shock effects are few and far between, but the finale is satisfying and bears scrutiny.