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Spasmo (1974)

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Christian (Robert Hoffman) and his girlfriend are taking a walk on a deserted beach when they discover a woman's body lying. A closer look proves that she's alive. The next day Christian ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Robert Hoffmann ...
Christian Bauman (as Robert Hoffman)
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Barbara
Ivan Rassimov ...
Fritz Bauman
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Tatum, the killer
Franco Silva ...
Luca
Mario Erpichini ...
Alex
Maria Pia Conte ...
Xenia
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Boy - in the 'incipit'
Rosita Torosh ...
Woman in car
Monica Monet ...
Clorinda
Guido Alberti ...
Malcolm
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Christian (Robert Hoffman) and his girlfriend are taking a walk on a deserted beach when they discover a woman's body lying. A closer look proves that she's alive. The next day Christian meets her again at a yacht party and they fall in love. Later at a nearby motel, something weird happens as they prepare to go to bed together: An intruder breaks in and starts beating Christian who accidentally shoots him with his own gun. A few hours later they find out that the corpse is missing and a series of weird incidents takes place. Written by Ørnås

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Beyond "Psycho" SPASMO!

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Mystery | Thriller

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August 1976 (USA)  »

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Efialtis  »

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George A. Romero shot approximately ten minutes of Cinemascope footage inserted into the United States release of the film, depicting the killings. See more »

Quotes

Christian Bauman: It's all so absurd, meaningless. And what's absurd is dangerous.
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Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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By far one of the best giallos ever, a good mystery for genre fans
15 June 2013 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I had never seen such a fine giallo made by Lenzi, all his other work that i had seen had been rather goofy or just uninteresting but this piece is just wonderful. Many Italian directors certainly knew how to create suspense in the old Italian films and this is no different. It's dreamlike, so surreal that nothing is clear and the secrets are revealed in the end. I like the cinematography and the way the story's told that it's in no way dull and obvious, it kept me guessing all the time and i didn't get most of ideas right at all so i guess it makes it a great movie.

The incoherency at times is part of the mystery of course but some people just can't handle it and think of it as a bad thing. I can recommend this to people who like a good mystery and old movies in general. Also fans of giallo won't be disappointed.


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