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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)

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:
The film was highly censored in English language countries. Because of this, parts of the English dub do not exist for the film. On uncut DVDs, these scenes are played with their original Italian language track and English subtitles.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the scene where Suzy tries to signal for help using a compact mirror, the camera crew is clearly reflected in the mirror as she jiggles it around.See more »
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A slasher-giallo that is impressively tense and suspenseful, 19 February 2012
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Between 1971 and 1973 Sergio Martino directed a series of five astonishingly good horror-thrillers. In fact, it could convincingly be argued that in those years Martino was the premier Italian director in this genre. Torso is the final film in this sequence and while it may possibly be the least of the five it still remains an excellent entry in the giallo sub-genre. All five of his gialli had different angles that meant that they were not copies of each other. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail was a classic-style giallo that had a strong mystery element, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh added a significant layer of eroticism, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key added intense melodrama into the mix along with the plot of Edgar Allan Poe's the Black Cat, All the Colors of the Dark combined the giallo with an occult horror story; what Torso did was move the genre closer to the slasher film. To do this the movie is stripped of much of the detective mystery strand that typified the genre in the early 70's and instead focuses on the sex, violence and tension. Maybe by 1973 the Italian public were growing tired of the plethora of mystery-driven gialli? I can't say but Torso certainly marginalises this and magnifies the salacious content.

The story revolves around a group of young college women who are terrorised by an unknown black-gloved killer. The girls themselves are, of course, gorgeous. Most of them seem to spend quite a lot of time lying around semi-naked as well. So from an erotic point of view this is a film that doesn't exactly mess about. In terms of its violence it's probably not as nasty as its reputation suggests although there is the famous hack-saw sequence that is admittedly quite grim albeit not especially graphic. There are several individual stalk and slash scenes, the best of which is a sequence in the woods. This part is very atmospheric, helped also by the effective music. Its scenes like this one and the saw idea that make this one feel like a precursor to the slasher films that would follow a few years later. But the best thing about Torso is its final third. In this part lead actress Suzy Kendall is trapped in a villa with the killer at work in the same house but unaware of her presence. This extended, deadly game of cat and mouse is really expertly handled by Martino and is one of the most suspenseful sequences in the giallo genre. It is ultimately what defines this film.

Torso is yet another excellent giallo from Sergio Martino. It comes highly recommended to fans of the genre. Just be aware that it's less concerned with plot mechanics and much more on suspense and vicarious thrills. Because the final third is so claustrophobic and intense it means that the wider mystery is almost forgotten about. But if this doesn't trouble you too much and you are happy with thrills that don't trouble your brain too much then this is a quality ride.

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