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Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

La morte ha sorriso all'assassino (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Romance | 11 July 1973 (Italy)
A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

Director:

Joe D'Amato (as Aristide Massaccesi)

Writers:

Claudio Bernabei (screenplay) (as C. Bernabei), Joe D'Amato (screenplay) (as A. Massaccesi) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Klaus Kinski ... Dr. Sturges
Ewa Aulin ... Greta
Angela Bo Angela Bo ... Eva
Sergio Doria ... Walter
Attilio Dottesio ... Inspector Dannick
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Simeon
Luciano Rossi ... Franz
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Dr. von Ravensbrück
Fernando Cerulli ... Professor Kempte (as Franco Cerulli)
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... Gertrude
Giorgio Dolfin Giorgio Dolfin ... Maier
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Storyline

A young woman, Greta, loses her memory following an accident with a carriage and finds hospitality at the villa of two wealthy landowners Eva and Walter. The two welcome the girl with great hospitality, far too much - since she is forgetful she ends up in bed with the husband first and then with the wife. But even Dr. Sturges who pays her first visit is interested in her, and above all he is interested in the amulet that she wears around her neck. In fact, he is carrying out mysterious experiments to bring the dead back to life through ancient formulas attributed to the Incas and that amulet is very familiar to him. Things get complicated when Ewa discovers her affair with her husband and, in a raptus of jealousy, she kills her by walling her alive. But a few days later, during a masquerade party, Greta mysteriously reappears with a skeletal face and begins to persecute Ewa pushing her to suicide - and the dead will not end here . Written by lament

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 July 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Smiles on a Murderer See more »

Filming Locations:

Elios Film, Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Production Co:

Dany Film See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Contains several references to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Examples include a person being buried alive by a brick wall (as in The Cask of Amontillado) and the presence of a black cat (as in The Black Cat). Also the main character, Walter, with his moustache and haircut, bears a striking resemblance to Poe. See more »

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Featured in Joe D'Amato Totally Uncut: The Horror Experience (2001) See more »

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Understanding the movie Death Smiles on a Murderer..secrets revealed
14 May 2008 | by snarf14738See all my reviews

You have to see this movie more than once to understand and figure out what's going on.In short,after being reanimated from the dead,Greta Von Holstein(Ewa Aulin)seeks revenge on a lover who jilted her by faking a carriage accident and causing the death of its driver on the estate of the son of the man who impregnated her.She is in cahoots with the butler of the estate,who helps with a lot of her dirty work(then meets his end after she uses him).A doctor(Klaus Kinski)finds out her secret after ministering to her after the buggy accident and copies an Incan formula off of her gold pendant for his own use and fame.The pendant was made for her by her brother(with whom she had an incestuous relationship with)who brought her back from the grave after a miscarriage and inscribed her name,the year of her rebirth,and a mathematical formula for reanimation on the pendant.Greta causes the death of almost everyone in the cast,but you won't really understand anything until about halfway through the movie.And she makes sure no one is left to tell her tale!Surrealistic sound track by Berto Pisano keeps the movie on it's feet in the tradition of Phantasm.Definitely a must see!


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