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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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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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Umberto Lenzi added the doll motif to the story. 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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5 September 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Umberto Lenzi's "Spasmo" is not really a horror movie as much as a psychological thriller. There's minimal violence, instead focusing on the main character's (Robert Hoffmann) descent into confusion. But as Lenzi explained in an interview, he had the flick turn out as it does to demonstrate how sick Italy's elites are. Like Lenzi's earlier "Orgasmo" (retitled "Paranoia" in the US), "Spasmo" shows that all is not what it seems in this supposedly nice group of people. Still, the sequence of events leading up to that have some pretty neat occurrences. I will say that I liked "Orgasmo" better (partially for the scene of Carroll Baker in the shower), but this one is definitely worth seeing. Also starring Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov and Guido Alberti.


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