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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

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 ... 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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Let the symphony of slaughter begin! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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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Featured in Deodato Holocaust (2019) See more »

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Edited with a butcher's knife
4 March 2018 | by TheHeadVampireSee all my reviews

The choppy editing made this jarring to watch at times. Within a split-second of a character finishing their line of dialogue we cut to another scene. There is also a waste of a rather distinguished actor - Donald Pleasance, while a legend, seemed to old for this role. The plot left me unimpressed as well - by the end of the movie the rapidly-aging killer was so decrepit, his ability to physically harm anyone seemed implausible. At least we get Edwige Fenech, who was still ravishing by this point. You also get to see some sort-of ninjas, which later leads to an always welcome decapitation. I'd skip this one, and watch some giallo from the golden-age, like 'Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key' or 'The Case of the Bloody Iris'.


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