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Phantom of Death (1988)

Un delitto poco comune (original title)
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In Italy, a pianist suffering from the Progeria genetic disease becomes distraught and goes on a mad killing spree prompting a police inspector to investigate.

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Ruggero Deodato

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Gianfranco Clerici (story), Vincenzo Mannino (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael York ... Robert Dominici
Edwige Fenech ... Hélène Martell
Donald Pleasence ... Inspector Datti
Mapi Galán Mapi Galán ... Susanna
Fabio Sartor ... Davide
Renato Cortesi Renato Cortesi ... Agent Marchi
Antonella Ponziani Antonella Ponziani ... Gloria Datti
Carola Stagnaro Carola Stagnaro ... Dr. Carla Pesenti
Daniele Brado Daniele Brado ... Dr. Vanni
Caterina Boratto ... Robert's Mother
Lewis E. Ciannelli Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Chief Physician (as Lewis Eduardo Ciannelli)
Renata Dal Pozzo Renata Dal Pozzo ... Agent Corsi
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Father Giuliano
Gianni Franco Gianni Franco ... Inspector
Marino Masé ... Expert on aging
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Storyline

Police Comissioner Datti is investigating the murder of a female doctor whose murderer seems to be a thirty-fivish year old man. Soon another murder follows: Pianist Robert Dominici's girlfriend is found killed. The killer also challenges Datti on the phone and says he can't be caught since he has a secret which makes him invulnerable. In the meantime the clues seems to point in strange directions... Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of Death See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 83223 delivered on 13-1-1988. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1989 UK video version (released as "Off Balance") was cut by 18 secs by the BBFC to edit gore from the train station murder and the stabbing of a woman with a table lamp. The 2007 Shameless DVD is uncut. See more »

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Watchable, but not outstanding, Italian horror thriller.
9 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

35-year old concert pianist Robert Dominici (Michael York) is stricken with a rare genetic disorder which rapidly ages him. His hair falls out, his teeth rot, he coughs up blood and starts suffering from uncontrollable "behavioral problems"--psychotic, murderous episodes. This spells a violent end for the ladies (past and present) in his life and even more unfortunate for his French fashion designer girlfriend Helene (Edwige Fenech) that she becomes pregnant with the child he doesn't want to be born. Donald Pleasence (who was probably sick to death with the typecasting) is the police inspector on the case and Mapi Galan is a knockout (even though she's taken out way too early).

Deodato is copying Argento and Bava here with flashy sets, costumes and backdrops, misty photography and some pretty gory murders, but his direction lacks suspense, the editing is choppy and the dubbing of many of the supporting players is poor. The score (by Pino Donaggio) and make-up are good, though, and the leads are solid.


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