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It saturates the screen with terror!
A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation to dismember at the hands - and blade - of the lecherous maniac.
A few days ago, I visited Perugia. So I had to watch this film, which plays in this beautiful Italian town :) Sergio Martino was one of the best italian directors of his time and Torso definitly must have inspired other directors. (Even John Carpenter for Halloween?!)
The way Martino worked with colours and the suspense shows his talent. Although the story is - like the most stories in the giallo-genre- a little bit thin, it's thrilling and the beautiful set compensates a lot.
Boobs boobs , girls makin out , boobs boobs, girls getting killed, boobs...oh and the guy who saves the day .
Already pointed out to be a link (along with Bay of Blood) to the subsequent slasher genre, watching it this time I noticed his control of space in those two or three outdoor scenes in the enormous open-air market outside the university classrooms. Also the cinematography and use of color in the first two murders. The killer’s appearance much more indelible and creepy than his motives. I love gialli set in villas. Some of Martino’s genre efforts do come off to me as too workmanlike, but not this one.
Review upcoming on Mondo Movie podcast.
Hot Italian women being butchered and hacked up with a hacksaw in this cool little Giallo. With a tag line on the DVD stating "Where whores meet saws!" this isn't going to win over feminists anytime soon but who gives a shit?
I can acknowledge this old giallo film for it's impact on the slasher genre that would rise in the 70's and 80's and dominate the horror market, but as a standalone film, I felt like it was pretty average. Better movies in this genre would be made shortly afterwards, so it is hard to judge this movie against the others unless Torso is the first one you've seen.
As far as being a predecessor to slasher films, well, early examples of most of the familiar aspects of the genre are on display here: lots of pointless female nudity (especially proceeding that actress's death), young people doing drugs and having sex, a masked killer stalking people one at a time, some…
Along with Bava's Bay of Blood this is one of the co-founders of the slasher genre. You have everything from the horny teens, to the shots from the view point of the killer, always stalking the victims, to a very tense final act inside a villa.
One of my favorite giallo films. It's got a bevy of beautiful, I mean absolutely gorgeous even for giallo standards, women. Of course they are stalked, killed and mutilated by a killer in a blue ski mask. The tension really builds once the ladies depart the city and stay in a rural villa. Suffice it to say, like most gialli, the killer has some issues stemming from his childhood. There are some good red herrings set up through the use multi-colored scarves. Just recently rewatched this, and I think it's still my favorite giallo film.
"O δολοφόνος φορούσε παντελόνι καμπάνα"
Back to the trash, with some 70s italian giallo. This is probably one of the best known but not the best, as we get the normal cast of misfits together with the dumb italian girls always undressing and waiting for the masked killer.
Not that it does really matter but the story evolves around a maniac killer that passes the time lurking near a high school/university for americans in Verona (?). The whodunnit part is beyond luducris but it compensates on some nice death scenes and the italian scenary.
Brainless and full of wholes on the plot it does not get more than 3 stars...still better than your average Hollywood crap...
This movie is as cool as it's sleasy. And we get the usual amazing cinematography by Sergio Martino!
Although All the Colours of the Dark is still my favourite film of him, this comes close!
I've been wanting to see this giallo for years and it does not disappoint. Amongst the best the genre has to offer.
After several of their student friends have been murdered, four girls decide to take refuge in a country estate. Seemingly not much bothered by the death of their friends, once they've arrived they are frolicking around in the nudie and experiment with girl-on-girl love making. As one does, when you're in mouring *rolleyes*.
Anyway, what they don't know is that the killer is on their trail to bring a bloody end to this frivolous behaviour.
Well made giallo, that gets better after very cliché start. As always, there's lots of blood and boobs everywhere you look. I thought I had it figured out after 40min or so, but I was wrong. There are some questions I'd like to ask about…
In typical giallo style, a childhood trauma turns someone into a sadistic sexual predator. Well, sort of. It's complicated, and honestly who cares? Plenty of nekkidness and a camera that knows not to dwell on the gore long enough for the flaws to show too much -- a decent enough entry in the genre.
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