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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.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato

Writers:

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

Certificate:

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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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Mono | Dolby Stereo

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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Great cast, reliable director...bizarre giallo!
6 June 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Unusual giallo, directed by one of Italy's finest horror filmmakers, and revolving on a truly ingenious and original topic, namely a murderer who commits his crimes because he can't accept the extremely rare disease that is destroying him physically and emotionally. Robert Dominici is a genius pianist, also practicing an eminent oriental fighting sport, suddenly stricken with a terrible illness that causes him to age rapidly. Leaving a trail of frustrated and extremely gore murders in the city, inspector Tati (Donald Pleasance pretending to be Italian, again!) has tremendous difficulties, as the forensic lab tests indicate a gradually older culprit each time. "Phantom of Death" is not Deodato's best film (that honor unquestionably goes to "Cannibal Holocaust") but it's a well-made and occasionally very tense thriller with good special effects and loads of streaming red liquid. It wouldn't be an Italian flick if the murders weren't extraordinary gross, right? We've got a couple of slit throats and one poor girl is violently thrown through a window. The acting performances are rather impressive, with Michael York being the personification of pure agony. Even more impressive are Edwige Fenech's looks! This giallo was made 18 years after her initial successes in the genre ("All the Colors of the Dark", "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh"), but she still looks exactly as gorgeous as she did back then. I guess she's definitely NOT suffering from the rapid-ageing virus...


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