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Spasmo (1974)

 -  Mystery | Thriller  -  August 1976 (USA)
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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

Cast overview:
Robert Hoffmann ...
Christian Bauman
Suzy Kendall ...
Barbara
Ivan Rassimov ...
Fritz Bauman
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Tatum, the killer
Monica Monet ...
Clorinda
Guido Alberti ...
Malcolm
Mario Erpichini ...
Alex
Franco Silva ...
Luca
Maria Pia Conte ...
Xenia
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Boy - in the 'incipit'
Rosita Torosh ...
Woman in car
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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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George A. Romero shot approximately ten minutes of Cinemascope footage inserted into the United States release of the film, depicting the killings. See more »

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Christian Bauman: It's all so absurd, meaningless. And what's absurd is dangerous.
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Referenced in Il mostro (1977) See more »

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Dream-like giallo like no other
28 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

By 1974 the giallo genre was running out of steam and the films were getting more complicated, more violent and altogether weirder in an attempt to keep viewers coming. Director Umberto Lenzi made two that year, this one and the equally absurd Eyeball, leaving one to hope that Lenzi was putting the audience on and not the stark raving lunatic the films give the impression he was. Whereas Eyeball is a more conventional giallo, with a hooded killer picking off a variety of unwitting victims, Spasmo is more of a "Gaslight"-inspired venture. Someone may be trying to drive the irrepressible Robert Hoffman mad, but he needs little help, and the last fifteen minutes contain the strangest twists I've yet seen in a giallo. Those looking for a stylish thriller will be disappointed by the plant-the-camera-and-shoot direction, and don't expect anything like a plot that's worth following or characters with any relation to human beings. What makes it worth seeing is the genuinely dream-like story, linear yet impossible to follow, and the way each sequence transition requires a twisted justification by the viewer to accept that Yes, maybe it is possible that someone would do this. Here and there a haunting Morricone score comes in, sad and lovely as the one in "My Dear Killer," and there are inexplicable scenes of an unseen man stabbing female dolls, his identity revealed only at the very end in one the finale's many left-field twists. The only giallo remotely comparable to this one is Death Laid An Egg, and at least that had the excuse of being from the 1960's and (I assume) the use of mind-altering chemicals by its creators. I can't imagine what state of mind the filmmakers of this mini-classic were in while making it, but you'd be hard-pressed to find another film like it.


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