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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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WE DARE YOU to keep your eyes open during every terror-saturated scene of "Torso" See more »


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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was highly censored in English language countries. Because of this, parts of the English dub do not exist for the film. On uncut DVDs, these scenes are played with their original Italian language track and English subtitles. See more »

Goofs

When girl with broken ankle get's out of hiding when the killer exit's the villa, she comes close to some black statue. Killer opens the door of the villa and she freezes in place, but she is seen in a different position, watching through the statue, where she wasn't standing in a previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Franz: Death is the keeper of secrets.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version released in 1975 was cut by the BBFC after a submitted theatrical run time of 89 minutes 30 seconds (PAL video equivalent of 85 minutes 55 seconds). When released on video in 1993 it was cut by 50 seconds after a submitted run time of 85 minutes 21 seconds. All cuts were waived in 2007 when released on DVD. See more »

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Referenced in Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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Excellent and very moody
3 February 2000 | by floyd-27See all my reviews

What more can I say? This is by far one of the best Slasher/Giallo's I've happened upon in years! Violent, atmospheric, stylish, moody and did I mention violent?

Yes violent is definitely the word, because this packs it on like hamburger joints pack in salad.... Tons! Slashings, stabbings, eye poking, strangulation, drowning, etc, etc, etc...

Don't listen to people whine about the only uncut version being Italian. I can assure you that once this bad boy starts playing, you won't care one bit!!!

"Bodies Bare Traces of Carnal Knowledge" gets a very BIG 10/10


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