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Phantom of Death (1988)

Un delitto poco comune (original title)
In Italy, a pianist suffering from the Progeria genetic disease becomes distraught and goes on a mad killing spree prompting a police inspector to investigate.

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Robert Dominici
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Hélène Martell
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Inspector Datti
Mapi Galán ...
Susanna
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Renato Cortesi ...
Agent Marchi
Antonella Ponziani ...
Gloria Datti
Carola Stagnaro ...
Dr. Carla Pesenti
Daniele Brado ...
Dr. Vanni
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Robert's Mother
Lewis E. Ciannelli ...
Chief Physician (as Lewis Eduardo Ciannelli)
Renata Dal Pozzo ...
Agent Corsi
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Father Giuliano
Gianni Franco ...
Inspector
Marino Masé ...
Expert on aging
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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 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 <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Let the symphony of slaughter begin! See more »

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December 1988 (USA)  »

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Watchable, but not outstanding, Italian horror thriller.

35-year old concert pianist Robert Dominici (Michael York) is stricken with a rare genetic disorder which rapidly ages him. His hair falls out, his teeth rot, he coughs up blood and starts suffering from uncontrollable "behavioral problems"--psychotic, murderous episodes. This spells a violent end for the ladies (past and present) in his life and even more unfortunate for his French fashion designer girlfriend Helene (Edwige Fenech) that she becomes pregnant with the child he doesn't want to be born. Donald Pleasence (who was probably sick to death with the typecasting) is the police inspector on the case and Mapi Galan is a knockout (even though she's taken out way too early).

Deodato is copying Argento and Bava here with flashy sets, costumes and backdrops, misty photography and some pretty gory murders, but his direction lacks suspense, the editing is choppy and the dubbing of many of the supporting players is poor. The score (by Pino Donaggio) and make-up are good, though, and the leads are solid.


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