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Torso (1973)

I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (original title)
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A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Colli ...
Gianni Tomasso, the scarf vendor
Angela Covello ...
Carol Peterson (as Cristina Airoldi)
Motorcycle guy #1
Gianni Greco ...
Motorcycle guy #2
Luciano De Ambrosis ...
Inspector Martino
Enrico DiMarco ...
Village idiot
Giorgio Dolfin ...
Slim boy in the village


Someone is strangling coeds in Perugia. The only clue is that the killer owns a red and black scarf, and police are stumped. American exchange student Jane and her friends decide to take a break from classes by going up to Danielle's uncle's villa in the country. Unfortunately the killer decides to follow, and the women begin suffering a rapid attrition problem. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Torso  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Suzy Kendall, who was British, was dubbed by American voice artist Susan Spafford. See more »


In the train, the camera operator's arm is reflected in the carriage door. Also, when the man enters the train carriage and closes the door, the camera crew and boom pole are reflected in the glass. See more »


Franz: Death is the keeper of secrets.
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a great, very representative giallo
28 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure why some of the comments for this film were so unenthusiastic; I usually jump all over a slow horror film, though I don't believe this to be one at all. Anchor Bay's print is great, and the film is beautifully photographed. The scene in the muddy birch forest is alone worth the price of owning this. Sure, the standard giallo plot of a mad killer, driven to kill due to a childhood trauma is no surprise, but that's not really the point is it? This is also not a gorefest, but many great giallos are not. The very essence of giallo, as I understand it, is visual style (and extremely beautiful women) over plot substance, and that certainly defines this film, which sits comfortably in my Italian horror top 15, if not top 10.

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