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Touch of Death (1988)

Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | Video 1988
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A moody, middle-aged gigolo kills off women after he gets bored with dating them and uses their body parts for trophies and for consumption.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (story), Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Brett Halsey ... Lester Parson
Ria De Simone ... Alice Shogun
Al Cliver ... Randy (as Pier Luigi Conti)
Sacha Darwin Sacha Darwin ... Margie MacDonald (as Sasha Darwin)
Zora Kerova ... Virginia Field (as Zora Ulla Kesler)
Marco Di Stefano ... The Tramp
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Lester Parson is a lonely gigolo who dates and kills off middle-aged women in ultra-gory fashion just for the pleasure of watching them die, as well as to take their money and jewelery as well as cook and eat their remains for his dinner. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Touch of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Production Co:

Alpha Cinematografica See more »
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The blackmailing vagrant has an omega tattooed on his forehead, in imitation of Charles Manson's swastika. See more »

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Referenced in Fulci Talks: The Movies (2007) See more »

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Disfigured
31 December 2005 | by missmonochromeSee all my reviews

"Touch of Death" is the story of Lester Pearson, a down on his luck gambler whom starts seducing wealthy women with various deformities, then killing them off for a prie fixe lunch of human flesh and cash for his horse racing betting debts.

Fulci has an oft tenuous grasp on his plots, but this has to be the most ridiculously over the top entry in the canon. Though the gore is the usual splatter spectacle (the best of which effects wise is probably the scene where the blackmailing vagrant is run over with Lester's car), it's housed in too goofy of a context to be scary.

After several of the least politically correct murder scenes in film (a bearded lady meets death in a microwave, an inexplicably opera singing widow who solos in her sleep is interrupted by being strangled)and some darkly comic body disposal (complete with silly cartoonish theme music), Lester realizes he has a larger problem than lady killing. An imitator is leaving incriminating evidence at the scene of his crimes that points to Lester. Before long, his picture, modus operandi and DNA genetic code (?!) are being broadcast on the nightly news. Will his latest target ("Cannibal Ferox"'s Zora Kerova) find out before it's too late?

The final twist makes no logical sense and shoestring budget shows, but "Touch Of Death" is a mindless guilty pleasure of Fulci poking fun at himself that will entertain his devoted fans.


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