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Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

La morte ha sorriso all'assassino (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Romance | 11 July 1973 (Italy)
Greta, a mysterious woman with amnesia, is taken in by the wealthy Mr. and Mrs. von Ravensbruck. The three soon enter into a love triangle that turns deadly, as Greta's gruesome past is slowly revealed.


Joe D'Amato (as Aristide Massaccesi)


Claudio Bernabei (screenplay) (as C. Bernabei), Joe D'Amato (screenplay) (as A. Massaccesi) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Ewa Aulin ... Greta von Holstein
Klaus Kinski ... Dr. Sturges
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Dr. von Ravensbrück
Angela Bo Angela Bo ... Eva von Ravensbrück
Sergio Doria ... Walter von Ravensbrück
Attilio Dottesio ... Inspector Dannick
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Simeon
Luciano Rossi ... Franz von Holstein
Fernando Cerulli ... Professor Kempte (as Franco Cerulli)
Carla Mancini ... Gertrude
Giorgio Dolfin Giorgio Dolfin ... Maier


A young woman, Greta, loses her memory following an accident with a carriage and finds hospitality at the villa of two wealthy landowners Eva and Walter von Ravensbruck. The two welcome the girl with great hospitality--far too much--and she ends up in bed with the husband first, and then with the wife. Even Dr. Sturges, who pays her first visit, is interested in her and, above all, he is interested in the amulet that she wears around her neck. In fact, he is carrying out mysterious experiments to bring the dead back to life through ancient formulas attributed to the Incas and that amulet is very familiar to him. Things get complicated when Eva discovers Greta's affair with her husband and, in a raptus of jealousy, Eva kills her by entombing her alive. But a month later, during a masquerade party, Greta mysteriously reappears with a decayed face and begins to persecute Eva, pushing her to suicide - and the deaths will not end here.

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Italian censorship visa # 62629 delivered on 27-6-1973. See more »


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Joe D'Amato and the mercenary Klaus Kinski !!!
14 July 2019 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

I really appreciate Joe D'Amato's filmography, there so many interesting pictures, others not quite, some trash movies deserves respect, anyway all sort of production, mostly made in industrial scale, this specific he spoke on bonus that just contract Klaus Kinski for fews days, calling him as mercenary actor, after this statement is quite clear that the picture didn't has a preordained course, it was made haphazardly without doubt, seeing the picture all things put together no make sense at all, some actors simply disappeared, as happened with Kinski, too confusing plot, don't reach in the target (if had), it disappointed me entirely, also he signs his true name as director, suggesting making something noteworthy and believing that, silly mistake!!!


First watch: 2019 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 6.25

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Release Date:

11 July 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Smiles on a Murderer See more »

Filming Locations:

Elios Film, Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Dany Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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