Autopsy (1975)
"Macchie solari" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  June 1977 (USA)
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A pathology med student and a priest team up to investigate a wave of suicides blamed on sun spots and discover a number of them to be actual murders.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simona Sana
Barry Primus ...
Father Paul Lenox
Ray Lovelock ...
Carlo Cattaneo ...
Lello Sana (as Carlo Cataneo)
Angela Goodwin ...
Gaby Wagner ...
Betty Lenox
Massimo Serato ...
Gianni Sana
Ernesto Colli ...
Leonardo Severini ...
Eleonora Morana ...
Antonio Casale ...
Inspector Silvestri
Giovanni Di Benedetto ...
Head Coroner
Maria Pia Attanasio ...
Aunt Elvira
Pier Giovanni Anchisi ...
Archivist at Criminal Museum (as Piero Anchisi)
Pupino Samona ...
Doctor with beard (as Pupino Samonà)


Simona Sana is a young pathologist whom works in a morgue in Rome, Italy which gets with with a wave of violent suicides which are attributed to a summer heat wave. Driven to exhaustion from the intense heat and the long hours worked, Simona struggles to complete her college theses about natural deaths when one suicide victim is brought in the morgue in which a young Catholic priest named Paul Lenox who identifies the corpse as his sister, but that did not commit suicide, but was murdered and set up to look like a suicide. Simona teams up with Father Lenox to solve the mystery and stay one step ahead of a mysterious killer who now begins to stalk her when Simona gets a little too close to the truth of the suicides. Written by Anonymous

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A thoroughly unique movie
20 March 2000 | by (Zürich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Finally this rare giallo hit the stores on DVD in March 2000 thanks to Anchor Bay - it was about time that this almost forgotten giallo masterpiece was released in its uncut version (the former US-version on tape was trimmed for almost 15 minutes of story!). I searched for it unsuccessfully for about five years; I had great expectations, and - oh, boy! - they were NOT disappointed at all! Already the first twenty minutes deliver more than many other thrillers during their entire running time. The plot is very twisted, and there are so many red herrings that literally every character becomes a suspect during this film. There are fine performances of Mimsy Farmer, Barry Primus and especially Ray Lovelock of 'The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue'-fame. This really is a brilliant movie and a real MUST SEE for the fan of stylish European cinema. Not to be missed!

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