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Torso -- "HE'LL LOVE YOU – TO PIECES!"
From Sergio Martino, director of the stylish All The Colors of the Dark and the truly disturbing Mountain Of The Cannibal God, comes this fine gem of a slasher giallo that sits well up there with the best from Bava (Mario!) and Argento.

Delicious students, who we can only assume are studying for a masters degree in stripping, head off for a vacation to a location remote enough to ensure undisturbed carnage should a killer be lurking nearby…

Luckily for fans of psycho sexual thrillers a black gloved saw-wielding nutter has followed them to their bordello of nudity and soon starts effective slayer multi-tasking by molesting and mutilating his way through a cast of fine beauties including the ever delicious Suzy Kendall!

TORSO (cert. 18) is released uncut (for the first time in the UK) on DVD by Shameless Screen Entertainment. The film will be presented remastered in 1.85:1 with English 2.0 sound. Also included on the disc is a Shameless original trailer gallery.

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Director:
Writers:
Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)
Sergio Martino (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 November 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Day She Met a Man Who Loved Beautiful Women...But Not All in One Piece See more »
Plot:
Someone is strangling coeds in Perugia. The only clue is that the killer owns a red and black scarf... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Suzy Kendall ... Jane
Tina Aumont ... Daniela

Luc Merenda ... Roberto

John Richardson ... Franz
Roberto Bisacco ... Stefano Vanzi
Ernesto Colli ... Gianni Tomasso, the scarf vendor
Angela Covello ... Katia
Carla Brait ... Ursula
Conchita Airoldi ... Carol Peterson (as Cristina Airoldi)
Patrizia Adiutori ... Florence Heineken
Luciano Bartoli ... Motorcycle guy #1
Gianni Greco ... Motorcycle guy #2
Luciano De Ambrosis ... Inspector Martino
Enrico DiMarco ... Village idiot
Giorgio Dolfin ... Slim boy in the village
Carlo Alighiero ... Uncle Nino
Vincenzo Crocitti ... Delivery man
Luca Bonicalzi ... Truck Driver
Fausto Di Bella ... John - Flo's boyfriend
Giuseppe Terranova ... Car repairman
Rosaria della Femmina ... Prostitute
Ermelinda De Felice ... Woman in car with Roberto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dolores Calò ... Woman with Green Dress at University Exit (uncredited)
Renato Cestiè ... Gianni - Little Kid (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Prostitute (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Vera Drudi ... Stefano's Grandmother (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco ... Policeman - First Crime Scene (uncredited)
Barbara Marzano ... Hippie Dancer (uncredited)
Osvaldo Natale ... Policeman - First Crime Scene (uncredited)
Alberto Sorrentino ... Countryman - First Crime Scene (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Jane (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sergio Martino 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay
Sergio Martino  screenplay
Sergio Martino  story

Produced by
Antonio Levesi Cervi .... executive producer (as Antonio Cervi)
Carlo Ponti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Guido De Angelis 
Maurizio De Angelis 
 
Cinematography by
Giancarlo Ferrando 
 
Film Editing by
Eugenio Alabiso 
 
Production Design by
Giantito Burchiellaro 
 
Art Direction by
Giantito Burchiellaro 
 
Costume Design by
Silvio Laurenzi 
Vera Marzot 
 
Makeup Department
Maria-Luisa Fraticelli .... hair stylist
Mario Van Riel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Giuseppe Bruno Bossio .... production supervisor
Dino Di Salvo .... production manager
Andrea Petricca .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Massimo Tarantini .... assistant director (as Michael E. Lemick)
 
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Alberto Moretti .... sound recordist
Romano Pampaloni .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruno Pellegrini .... assistant camera
Paolo Pettini .... still photographer
Adolfo Troiani .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Amedeo Moriani .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Anita Borgiotti .... continuity
Lewis E. Ciannelli .... english adaptation (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale" - Italy (original title)
"Carnal Violence" - Europe (English title)
"The Bodies Presented Traces of Carnal Violence" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
Australia:85 min | USA:92 min | Italy:89 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2001) | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM14 | Italy:VM18 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 (uncut DVD version) (2009) | UK:18 (uncut DVD version) | UK:18 (1993) (cut) | UK:X (1975) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:Not Rated (BPjM restricted)

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Trivia:
Suzy Kendall, who was British, was dubbed by American voice artist Susan Spafford.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Opera (1987)See more »

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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Not As Bad As Many People Think, 2 October 2000
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

I Corpi Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnale/Torso(1973) is an overlooked and stylish giallo that doesn't get any respect. A portion of the people who responded to the film with negative comments are probably the same who thought that the Scream trilogy were clever and good. Sergio Martino fills the screen with beautiful women, black glove assassain, good music, and outstanding murder set pieces. I wouldn't have like this film if the director had done an Argento copycat.

Although the video is said to be uncut, it still has the look of a movie with some scenes trimmed. One example is the first murder. Another example is the murder of the woman in the woods. What also gives the impression of a trimmed film are the sudden jump cuts in certain spots during the movie.

Suzy Kendall and Tina Aumont are stunning as the main female characters. The murder of Dani is a little shocking because the film teases the viewer with the idea that she will be the main heroine. Torso(1973) seems to be the main blue print for the plot of Prom Night(1980)(another film that deals with a person who kills because of something from the past). Torso(1973) would provide an influence on American slasher flicks including Friday the 13th(1980), Friday the 13th Part 2(1981), Halloween(1978), I Know What You Did Last Summer(1997), Maniac(1980), My Bloody Valentine(1981), and Scream 2(1997).

The opening scene is shot with some terrific camera angles. Torso(1973) is one of the top ten giallos of the 1970's. The combination of sex & violence in Torso(1973) is a prime example of the bread and butter of the genre. The scene where Suzy Kendall has to hide from the murderer is less on suspense and more on tension.

The murder scene in the woods is shot with an atmospheric touch. The musical score by the DeAngelis brothers is as good as anything by Goblin. The make up effects are above average. My favorite part are the final twenty minutes.

the story is well written by Ernesto Gastaldi who is also known for some memorable Italian flicks as The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock(Freda), The Whip and the Body(Bava), I am Sartana, Your Angel of Death(Carnimeo), and Sahara Cross(valerii). This is Martino's third terrific giallo right after The Blade of the Ripper(1970), and The Tail of the Scorpion(1971). The image and sound of the video are terrific. There are some elements from the giallo format that the teen slasher genre has yet to pick up.

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