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Torso (1973)

I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (original title)
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A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay), Sergio Martino (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzy Kendall ... Jane
Tina Aumont ... Daniela
Luc Merenda ... Roberto
John Richardson ... Franz
Roberto Bisacco ... Stefano Vanzi
Ernesto Colli Ernesto Colli ... Gianni Tomasso, the scarf vendor
Angela Covello ... Katia
Carla Brait ... Ursula
Conchita Airoldi ... Carol Peterson (as Cristina Airoldi)
Patrizia Adiutori ... Florence Heineken
Luciano Bartoli ... Motorcycle guy #1
Gianni Greco Gianni Greco ... Motorcycle guy #2
Luciano De Ambrosis Luciano De Ambrosis ... Inspector Martino
Enrico DiMarco Enrico DiMarco ... Village idiot
Giorgio Dolfin Giorgio Dolfin ... Slim boy in the village
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Storyline

Someone is strangling coeds in Perugia. The only clue is that the killer owns a red and black scarf, and police are stumped. American exchange student Jane and her friends decide to take a break from classes by going up to Danielle's uncle's villa in the country. Unfortunately the killer decides to follow, and the women begin suffering a rapid attrition problem. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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To preserve the surprise ending, no one will be admitted during the last ten minutes. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Torso See more »

Filming Locations:

Corcolle, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was highly censored in English language countries. Because of this, parts of the English dub do not exist for the film. On uncut DVDs, these scenes are played with their original Italian language track and English subtitles. See more »

Goofs

The bread and milk the killer tosses inside the front door of the villa disappears when Jane goes to door. See more »

Quotes

Franz: Death is the keeper of secrets.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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a great, very representative giallo
28 September 2000 | by sinistre1111See all my reviews

I'm not sure why some of the comments for this film were so unenthusiastic; I usually jump all over a slow horror film, though I don't believe this to be one at all. Anchor Bay's print is great, and the film is beautifully photographed. The scene in the muddy birch forest is alone worth the price of owning this. Sure, the standard giallo plot of a mad killer, driven to kill due to a childhood trauma is no surprise, but that's not really the point is it? This is also not a gorefest, but many great giallos are not. The very essence of giallo, as I understand it, is visual style (and extremely beautiful women) over plot substance, and that certainly defines this film, which sits comfortably in my Italian horror top 15, if not top 10.


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