Touch of Death (1988)
"Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  1988 (Italy)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 711 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 28 critic

A moody, middle-aged gigolo kills off women after he gets bored with dating them and uses their body parts for trophies and for consumption.



(story), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Aenigma (1987)
Horror | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The spirit of a comatose teenage girl possesses the body of a newcomer to her girls boarding school to enact bloody revenge against the elitist, lingerie-clad coeds responsible for her condition.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Jared Martin, Lara Lamberti, Ulli Reinthaler
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When a family man is poisoned to death, it's covered up as a stomach hemorrhage and his spirit returns to aid his daughter in finding his killers.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Duilio Del Prete, Karina Huff, Pascal Persiano
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Lucio Fulci, David L. Thompson, Malisa Longo
Demonia (1990)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A Canadian archaeological team in Sicily accidentally unleashes vengeful ghosts of five demonic nuns whom were murdered 500 years earlier and the ghosts now set out to kill the group and townspeople alike.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Brett Halsey, Meg Register, Lino Salemme
The House of Clocks (TV Movie 1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three lowlife punks are trapped in a posh villa while trying to rob it and become at the mercy of the murderous owners whom have the power to stop and reverse time via their mystical clocks.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Keith Van Hoven, Karina Huff, Paolo Paoloni
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The owner of a prestigious New York ballet school teams up with a male model to solve a series of bizarre murders of a few of the students.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Olga Karlatos, Ray Lovelock, Claudio Cassinelli
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

An archaelogist opens an Egyptian tomb and accidently releases an evil spirit. His young daughter becomes possessed by the freed enity and, upon arrival back in New York, the gory murders begin.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Christopher Connelly, Laura Lenzi, Brigitta Boccoli
The Sweet House of Horrors (TV Movie 1989)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A murdered couple return from the beyond to care for their two young children, as well as seek revenge against their killer, accept their children's step parents, and try to prevent their house from being sold.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Jean-Christophe Brétigniere, Cinzia Monreale, Lubka Lenzi
The Psychic (1977)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it. Along with her psychiatrist, she seeks to find the truth ... See full summary »

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marc Porel
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young man has mysterious encounters with an unknown woman, an ominous hearse, and other supernatural events on the road during an aimless drive around Louisiana after the funeral of his father.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: John Savage, Sandi Schultz, Richard Castleman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Six teenagers are terrorized in an isolated villa by ghosts of Nazis killed during World War II by an air raid while participating in an orgy.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Claudio Aliotti, Maria Concetta Salieri, Robert Egon


Cast overview:
Lester Parson
Ria De Simone ...
Alice Shogun
Randy (as Pier Luigi Conti)
Sacha Darwin ...
Margie MacDonald (as Sasha Darwin)
Zora Kerova ...
Virginia Field (as Zora Ulla Kesler)
The Tramp


Lester Parson is a lonely gigolo who dates and kills off middle-aged women in ultra-gory fashion just for the pleasure of watching them die, as well as to take their money and jewelery as well as cook and eat their remains for his dinner. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

1988 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Touch of Death  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Synapse Films passed on releasing 'Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio' on DVD when only video sources could be obtained as no original elements or prints could be located. This means the original elements either no longer exist or are temporarily lost. Despite only having video elements to work with, Media-Blasters subsidiary Shriek Show picked up the rights to release this film on DVD. See more »


Featured in A Cat in the Brain (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This ain't good Fulci.
4 June 2006 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Hailing from 1988, Touch Of Death is probably the most frustrating Fulci film I've seen to date, prompting me to join the chorus of horror fans who generalise that his films get worse as you get later into his career. Considering the plot synopsis, I was expecting some bloody bad-natured fun with this one, but for all its bizarre flourishes, it feels tedious even at a running time of just 80 minutes, and suffers from nauseatingly shabby production values and film-making craft (or lack thereof).

El Story: A gambling addict widower wines and dines rich (and strange) women he finds via lonely hearts columns before offing them in gruesome fashion - sometimes eating them or feeding them to animals - and stealing their money to keep his debtors at bay. Sure, it's unlikely that just one man would be the host for so much screwed-up pathology all at once (addict, psycho/sociopath, cannibal), but this is Fulci!

Touch is actually the cheapest and sparsest looking Fulci film I've seen. There's almost nobody in it, even in the background of shots out on the street, for instance. A newsreader who keeps appearing on the film's televisions to warn the non-existent cast about the maniac's latest doings operates out of the most pathetic TV studio on the planet. He never even gets to look at the camera because has to read all the headlines off misaligned sheets of paper.

Some scenes just go on and on with the protagonist muttering to himself about what he's done or what he's about to do, but the acting is nowhere near good enough to sustain this kind of thing, so the main outcome is viewer boredom. The film also looks bland and ugly in general. I've read that it was intended to be an Italian telemovie (did it ever screen in that venue? With the amount of gore involved, it seems unlikely), and it does reek of crappy old telemovie production values.

This is also Fulci's first foray into outright black humour, but he's just too graceless a director to make it work. Sometimes conspicuously cheerful or 'wacky' music is used to play against a gruesome scene, for instance while the hero/villain is carving up a dead body in his basement. The effect isn't really chilling or funny or ironic anything that you'd like it to be - it's mostly just hamfisted and crappy.

There are of course some redeeming moments of gore (that you'll be waiting for while trying to stay awake), including the eventual murder by oven(!) of a woman who just won't quit life, even after her face has been totally bashed apart with a bloody great club, and a homeless guy who gets a car run back and forth over him about five times. The most outrageous element of Touch, however, is all the physical deformation on the widows courted by the crazy guy. Beards, hairy moles, messy harelips - it's not like he sought out women with these features, it's just the way all lonely hearts widows are, apparently. There are plenty of shots of Mr Crazy secretly grimacing while he's smooching up these women. The black humour of such garish misogyny might have some staying power or resonance if the film wasn't so poorly executed in general. In the end, Touch Of Death just seems like a really lazy, inarticulate mess.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who is... timmetje_123
Twin Peaks SummerGirl_96
Discuss Touch of Death (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: