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Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

La morte ha sorriso all'assassino (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Romance | 11 July 1973 (Italy)
A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

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(as Aristide Massaccesi)

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(screenplay) (as C. Bernabei), (screenplay) (as A. Massaccesi) | 2 more credits »
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Greta von Holstein
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Dr. Sturges
Angela Bo ...
Eva von Ravensbrück
Sergio Doria ...
Walter von Ravensbrück
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Inspector Dannick
Marco Mariani ...
Simeon, the butler
Luciano Rossi ...
Franz, Greta's Brother
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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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Death Smiles on a Murderer  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Contains several references to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Examples include a person being buried alive by a brick wall (as in The Cask of Amontillado) and the presence of a black cat (as in The Black Cat). Also the main character, Walter, with his moustache and haircut, bears a striking resemblance to Poe. See more »

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A Movie with Many Horrors
6 April 2004 | by (Oviedo FL) – See all my reviews

In the mid '70s as a 10 year old I was watching the late show, and during commercials I changed the station to channel 5 in Atlanta, GA. They were showing this little gem, and I caught a few minutes of it. It took me 5 years before I could see it on TV again, and I had to rig a UHF antenna in my bedroom to get the broadcast. I was very struck by this weird tale of the dearly departed being resurrected: the style of the film fascinated me. It took me 15 more years before I finally saw the film uncut. The breakdown is this: a rich young couple, Walter and Eva, take in a young girl named Greta who has been in an accident and has amnesia. Something is not quite right about her, but that doesn't stop these kinky people from both having an affair with her. This affair starts a very sinister chain of events. Ewa Aulin and Klaus Kinski star in the film debut by director Joe D'Amato. The film has many flaws I suppose, but I'm NOT a critic and I love it anyway.


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