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

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  1988 (Italy)
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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.

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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

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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 »

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Plot? What's that? Ah who cares, a guilty pleasure
6 November 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this in Japan. My first fully laden gory Fulci, although I had seen a heavily censored version of Zombi a few years earlier. Nonsensical storyline, misogynistic "humour", and poor gore FX. However, the level of sadism in this film is its redeeming factor, if you like that sort of thing.

A killer who sleeps with and then kills women (presumably for their money) is being shadowed by someone who is either copying his murders or placing clues as to his identity at the scenes of his crimes. The movie has a poor narrative so we are never quite sure what the position is.

Well, that's enough of that. You don't get a Fulci film to watch plot but gore, so here goes.....

The first scene consists of our hero chopping up a dead body with a chainsaw, but the body is quite obviously a mannequin loaded with red paint. He is then seen cooking a nice steak (de human) and feeds some to his cat. Other notable gore scenes include a head being microwaved (Fulci was obviously not a physics major nor one who had ever used a microwave before) which again is quite obviously a mannequin and a homeless witness to a murder being run over and over again by a car. This scene is actually quite well done. My favourite scene has to be one where the hero kicks a cat across the room. I put the video in slow motion time and time again looking for strings or any sign of mercy to the poor cat but cannot find any. My conclusion is that the cat was actually kicked across the room to film this scene. No Italian Humane Association involvement here then. To wrap things up is a thoroughly stupid conclusion and explanation for the movie's events.

Notwithstanding that, I think that this film is actually worth seeking out. Not only is it very rare, but it has a high level of violence and doesn't get boring. It is also quite short. Notwithstanding complaints about plot (it has to be said that the story here is one of the worst in Fulci's canon), it is something which you can quite healthily pass an hour or so vegging in front of.


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