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Torso (1973)

I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (original title)
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A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Sergio Martino (story), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzy Kendall ... Jane / college student
Tina Aumont ... Daniela / college student
Luc Merenda ... Roberto / Doctor
John Richardson ... Franz / professor
Roberto Bisacco ... Stefano / college student
Ernesto Colli Ernesto Colli ... Gianni / the scarf vendor
Angela Covello ... Katia / college student
Carla Brait ... Ursula / college student
Conchita Airoldi ... Carol Peterson (as Cristina Airoldi)
Patrizia Adiutori ... Florence Heineken
Luciano Bartoli ... Motorcycle guy #1
Gianni Greco Gianni Greco ... Motorcycle guy #2
Luciano De Ambrosis Luciano De Ambrosis ... Inspector Martino
Enrico DiMarco Enrico DiMarco ... Village idiot
Giorgio Dolfin Giorgio Dolfin ... Slim boy in the village
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Storyline

Someone is strangling coeds in Perugia. The only clue is that the killer owns a red and black scarf, and police are stumped. American exchange student Jane and her friends decide to take a break from classes by going up to Danielle's uncle's villa in the country. Unfortunately the killer decides to follow, and the women begin suffering a rapid attrition problem. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Torso! It saturates the screen with terror! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Torso See more »

Filming Locations:

Corcolle, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(BluRay)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

During production, none of the cast was told who the killer was. And because of the high amount of red herrings in the film, many of the actresses were convinced it was someone else doing all the murders. See more »

Goofs

You can see the first victim still breathing after being killed. See more »

Quotes

Franz: Death is the keeper of secrets.
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Alternate Versions

The uncut version has been released by Anchor Bay Entertainment in widescreen and runs a couple of minutes longer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Black Christmas (1974) See more »

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Very well made thriller
11 January 2008 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

I was surprised at how well this movie was made. The direction is first rate. I saw a restored and "uncut" Danish DVD. It looked great. Although I'm not sure about the "uncut" part, as the are still images with full frontal nudity which do not appear in the movie. But there are plenty of attractive topless females. There's also plenty of violence and gore. But the story is good, too. Females are stalked by a violent psychopathic killer. They seek refuge in an isolated mansion. The police is on the trail of the killer. They story is well-written and shows the characters as having some intelligence. The only thing missing is more character development of the females. One doesn't sympathize much with any of them because we don't get to know them all that well. There's also a good explanation given for the killers motives. Overall a surprisingly good achievement.


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