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Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)
"La morte ha sorriso all'assassino" (original title)

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A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

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Greta von Holstein
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Dr. Sturges
Angela Bo ...
Eva von Ravensbrück
Sergio Doria ...
Walter von Ravensbrück
Attilio Dottesio ...
Inspector Dannick
Marco Mariani ...
Simeon, the butler
Luciano Rossi ...
Franz, Greta's Brother
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Dr. von Ravensbrück, Walter's Father
Fernando Cerulli ...
Professor Kempte (as Franco Cerulli)
Carla Mancini ...
Gertrude - the Maid
Giorgio Dolfin ...
Maier - Ballet dancer
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A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

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Understanding the movie Death Smiles on a Murderer..secrets revealed
14 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You have to see this movie more than once to understand and figure out what's going on.In short,after being reanimated from the dead,Greta Von Holstein(Ewa Aulin)seeks revenge on a lover who jilted her by faking a carriage accident and causing the death of its driver on the estate of the son of the man who impregnated her.She is in cahoots with the butler of the estate,who helps with a lot of her dirty work(then meets his end after she uses him).A doctor(Klaus Kinski)finds out her secret after ministering to her after the buggy accident and copies an Incan formula off of her gold pendant for his own use and fame.The pendant was made for her by her brother(with whom she had an incestuous relationship with)who brought her back from the grave after a miscarriage and inscribed her name,the year of her rebirth,and a mathematical formula for reanimation on the pendant.Greta causes the death of almost everyone in the cast,but you won't really understand anything until about halfway through the movie.And she makes sure no one is left to tell her tale!Surrealistic sound track by Berto Pisano keeps the movie on it's feet in the tradition of Phantasm.Definitely a must see!


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