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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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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 fuzztone guitar instrumental featured in the American theatrical trailer is a song called "Hippy" by Alan Parker. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Suzy tries to signal for help using a compact mirror, the camera crew is clearly reflected in the mirror as she jiggles it around. See more »

Quotes

Franz: Death is the keeper of secrets.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version released in 1975 was cut by the BBFC after a submitted theatrical run time of 89 minutes 30 seconds (PAL video equivalent of 85 minutes 55 seconds). When released on video in 1993 it was cut by 50 seconds after a submitted run time of 85 minutes 21 seconds. All cuts were waived in 2007 when released on DVD. See more »

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Creepy, somewhat slow-moving, yet still effective giallo
4 August 2002 | by technicolorwastelandSee all my reviews

I admire this piece of giallo cinema because of its great style and how director Sergio Martino contrasts the gorgeously beautiful Italian countryside with the bloody activities of a mysterious gloved killer. In this film, the killer is unique because he/she casts a very unique, eerie presence whenever hinted at or briefly shown onscreen, usually wearing some sort of ski mask to hide his/her face. I also like the plot revolving around the red and black scarf, and how it ties in with the identity of the murderer. The story follows a group of young, gorgeous Italian coeds frightened when their friends start dropping like flies at the hands of a brutal slasher, who likes to strangle, stab and fondle the nude bodies of his victims (another sick, effective touch which makes the film all the more nasty). Four of the girls flee to a villa in a small, scenic village to get away from all the atrocities committed on campus. Of course, the killer has followed them there and is set on killing them off one by one. This film is very perverted in ways, the killings are all sexually sadistic in nature, and the motive basically revolves around the dangerous sexual games played by the beautiful coeds. I can't say more without revealing clues which may give away the killer's identity. "Torso" is also loaded with female nudity, as the film starts right off with a wild orgy going on as the credits roll, complete with close up shots of naked breasts. There is also a slight lesbian subplot involving two of the girls, although we don't see anything that graphic at all. No male nudity is present, which is too bad, I was really waiting for one of my fav hot actors, John Richardson, to take something off, but no such luck. Again, this movie is creepily effective, well-acted, and has great photography, and even if you do find it slow-moving, keep with it, as the finale is probably the best part of the film as the heroine has to watch the killer carve up her friends, one of the most unnerving sequences I have ever seen captured on film. The music is pretty good for the most part, but at times it seems like music better suited to a porno flick. And another thing to mention is, the uncut version of this movie doesn't seem to have that much gore at all, I just figured it would since such a big deal was made about it being uncut with all the "grisly violence" finally restored. It still seems like you're watching the R-rated version. Oh, well. This is still a fun movie, especially for those who love Italian horror.


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