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Traces of Death (1993)

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This successor to "Faces of Death" collection is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza Martin, who was gunned ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Damon Fox ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maritza Martin Munoz ...
Herself - Woman Murdered by Ex-husband on Spanish TV Show 'Ocurrio Asi' (archive footage)
Emilio Nunez ...
Himself - Man Who Murdered Ex-wife on Spanish TV Show 'Ocurrio Asi' (archive footage)
James Vance ...
Himself (archive footage)


This successor to "Faces of Death" collection is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza Martin, who was gunned down by her ex-husband on Spanish language television. We then witness British SAS troopers storming the Iranian Embassy in 1980, this is followed by a police chase of a criminal in a pick up truck and the deadly finale. It then goes to footage of animal experiments with a grizzly scene of a live pig being burned alive with a torch. Autopsy footage is then shown of an Asian individual. We are then shown a very graphic presentation on a male to female sex change operation. One interesting scene has a man who had his nasal cavity removed and replaced with a prosthetic, the footage is most interesting and worth the price of admission. The producers then suddenly return to the death theme with the well known footage of R Budd Dwyer and his on air suicide with a .357 Magnum, followed by a look at one of ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It doesn't get any deader than this....


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Completely banned in the UK by the BBFC due it not having any "journalistic, educational or other justifying context for the images shown". See more »


Narrator: You will witness visions so incredibly graphic that your brain will surely comprehend the ghastly images it will receive!
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Edited from Zumbalah (1975) See more »

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A true Mondo Film
24 December 2002 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Wow theres not much that a user can say about this movie except maybe "Gross" or "wow" or "Shocking". But the movie is much more. A lot of people have badmouthed this film due to its violent content but that is just the point of the movie.

Although it doesnt live up to its image it is at times shocking and sickening. Its by far better than Faces of Death is. The narration is boring at times and it seems like the narrator is trying to gross people out and waste time instead of explaining the situations.

While it is more graphic than Faces of Death it does miss the storyline and the narrator explaining the things. There are several scenes that I found strange and would have liked to know some background on what I was seeing but it was not there.

Another low point in the film is the major hospital scenes. People under the knife and what not. This would have been truly shocking in the 80's / early 90's but now that we have shows like "Trama Life in the ER" scenes like this fall short of being shocking.

Overall the movie is well rounded in its style. Some times the movie does drag on but its much more entertaining than films like "Mondo Cane" and the like.

Overall I give this movie a 8 out of 10. While the film did keep me interested It fell short of being shocking. The prolonged warning at the beginning just made me hit the FF button.

***KEY POINT*** A key point to look for in this movie is towards the end they are "selling" body parts and other sick things.....its strange and without giving it away, just check it out for yourself. Its funny, strange, and shocking. I call it a reward for suffering through the whole entire movie. ***KEY POINT***

So overall I give this movie a 8/10. Its worth checking out if your a hardcore mondo fan...which I am not

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