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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 ... 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:

R | See all certifications »
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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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Pretty good horror film.
25 January 2004 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Phantom of Death" is one of the lesser known Ruggero Deodato's horror/giallo entries.Michael York plays a famous pianist Robert Dominici.He has a rare disease that contributes to turning him into psychopathic killer.Donald Pleasence plays the cop who tries to track him down.The film itself is rather dull,but it offers some really bloody murder scenes.I liked especially the scene where the woman is stabbed repeatedly until she smashes through a window.The acting is okay,but there is not enough suspense for my liking.Check it out,if you are a fan of Italian horror.6 out of 10.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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