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Phantom of Death (1988)
"Un delitto poco comune" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  December 1988 (USA)
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Police Comissioner Datti is investigating the murder of a female doctor whose murderer seems to be a thirty-fivish year old man. Soon another murder follows: Pianist Robert Dominici's ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Dominici
Hélène Martell
Inspector Datti
Mapi Galán ...
Renato Cortesi ...
Agent Marchi
Antonella Ponziani ...
Gloria Datti
Carola Stagnaro ...
Dr. Carla Pesenti
Daniele Brado ...
Dr. Vanni
Caterina Boratto ...
Robert's Mother
Lewis E. Ciannelli ...
Chief Physician (as Lewis Eduardo Ciannelli)
Renata Dal Pozzo ...
Agent Corsi
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Father Giuliano
Gianni Franco ...
Marino Masé ...
Expert on aging


Police Comissioner Datti is investigating the murder of a female doctor whose murderer seems to be a thirty-fivish year old man. Soon another murder follows: Pianist Robert Dominici's girlfriend is found killed. The killer also challenges Datti on the phone and says he can't be caught since he has a secret which makes him invulnerable. In the meantime the clues seems to point in strange directions... Written by Salvatore Santangelo <>

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When I get Older, Losing My Sight, Not So Many Years From Now
3 September 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Italian horror/thriller director Ruggero Deodato gives us this somewhat introspective, blood and guts tame by Deodato standards film about an Italian pianist who contracts a very rare disease that makes him age at an incredible rate. The pianist has bouts of memory loss and periods of losing mental control in which he kills, naturally mostly beautiful young women. The deaths are bloody(I saw the Uncut version) but not over-the-top fortunately. In fact the movie really works best as a cat and mouse game between Michael York as the pianist and Donald Pleasance as a plodding policeman not so hot on his trail, as long as you can get past the point that York and Pleasance are supposed to be Italians. The film is in no way great, but I was pleasantly surprised with its effective pacing, decent acting, and heart. York is a man not wholly evil, in many ways a victim of circumstance. He ages before our very eyes. He kills with anger and spur of the moment passion rather than cold-blooded calculation(at least most of the time). He is almost a man to be pitied, and York plays on this for the second half of the film with some obvious talent. Pleasance is Pleasance. A steady presence on film. He does a good job, but he looks physically exhausted and old. The rest of the cast is very adequate with particular attention going to Edwidge Fenech as York's girlfriend. A beautiful woman! A tense thriller!

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