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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.
Torso begins as we the voyeur gaze upon a couple making love overlaid with the sounds of a university art history lecture on the tensions between the dramatic and the aesthetic in the representation of suffering bodies during the Italian Renaissance, and how in the art of Perugino, tears were shown but not blood, even in martyrdom, as he portrayed local peasantry as sacred Christian figures. That this discussion takes place at the beginning of Sergio Martino's Torso, a critical film in the transition from giallo to slasher along with Bava's Bay Of Blood, establishes a conscious abandonment of the more mannered aestheticism of the giallo for a more direct and streamlined violence, one which is expressed in and through…
I have a stonemason from Serbia occupying my living room. We've never met him before, but we know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy... and now he lives here for a couple of weeks while on an internship at a stonemasonry nearby. In other words, I've had a hard time finding the time to watch movies. But yesterday evening we talked about what movies we liked, and well, it turned out that he's a huge horror fan, so I didn't need to sneak away to watch this one. So in the future, we will watch movies together in the living room. I've even managed to find some Serbian subtitles for some movies he oughta watch, and…
Torso is a colorful and sexy murder mystery with elements of horror which helped continue the ongoing development of the giallo in Italy and inspire the creation of the slasher in America.
It is about "torsos" not only in the sense of "there are going to be some people murdered & turned into torsos," but also (and more importantly) in the sense of objectification, seeing women as no more than their torsos. The plot sounds like it was lifted straight out of a porno (and honestly if you walk in at the right/wrong time you could easily mistake it for one): a bunch of attractive college girls run off to an isolated mansion to get away from school and have some…
Film #23 of Hoop-tober 3
Coworker Who Sold Me This Movie: "This looks pretty pervy."
Roommate Who Walk in Half Way Through the Movie: "This seems pretty pervy."
Me: "This was pretty pervy...4 stars."
Joking aside Torso is brazenly sexual even by Giallo standards but it isn't for cheap thrills, it suggests that while not every man is a deranged, misogynistic serial-killer who wants to both partake in and punish female sexuality, their sexist behavior and subconscious fantasies are not too far off. Still pretty pervy though.
Honey, even if you're queer or impotent, you're paying the price I charge just the same.
-Politically Incorrect Prostitute
There's a psycho sexual killer on the loose near the horniest college in Italy. It's stylish sleaze from director Sergio Martino. Calling it stylish isn't a way of making an excuse to watch exploitation cinema either.
There's plenty of moments of clear exploitation, but just when you're ready to write off the movie as nothing but that, there's perfectly crafted scenes of suspense like few so-called "horror directors" know how to do today. So it's the best of both worlds.
It would be much more satisfying if they didn't need a man to save the day, but this more than makes up for it by being one of the prettiest gialli I've seen (though that ain't sayin' much. I'm not as well versed as I ought to be). The beautiful opening sequence rolls into lovely Italian countrysides and magnificent mansions and vast lecture halls and, of course, wonderful violence. The film makes almost every man out to be a creep of some kind, from the delivery boy who can't stop staring to the weirdly obsessive Stefano to the Igor-like scarf-seller. Like New York Ripper, in setting up its red herrings, it goes out of its way to make men clearly…
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This one's been on my radar for 16 or 17 years, since I saw the DVD sitting next the the Kubrick box set on the shelf at Best Buy, softly whispering my favorite word in my ear "Torso... Torso..." I luckily didn't buy it; my only exposure to Italian horror was The Beyond, so my 17 year old self probably wouldn't have tolerated the many, many giallo cliches. The original title is great (The Bodies Show Evidence of Sexual Violence), but you can't really blame the retitling of this transitional giallo/slasher with such an evocative slasher title. Unfortunately, the film doesn't quite rise to the level of either title. It hits all the…
This guy just keeps getting interrupted while trying to hacksaw this body to bits. Give him a fuckin' break.
Part of the Really Shitty Final Sixty Seconds Collection
Whoever decided that the English release of this should be called Torso is an idiot, because The Bodies Shows Signs of Carnal Violence is one of the greatest titles for a giallo I've ever seen. Which acuratley reflects the film, as Bodies is one of the most expertly crafted horror-thriller movies I've ever seen, with absolutley fantastic cinematography during the murder sequences. This was a great film to watch between my personal and academic viewings of Rear Window, as Martino's use of voyeurism is embedded within the film's visual language instead of just being a gimmick like Hitchcock did. The slowly moving predatory camera is ominous and eery, and the…
Gritty, sleazy slasher film with some good suspense sequences, particularly in the final act. The murders and effects are only so-so, but the atmosphere makes up for it.
Stylish Italian slasher. Naked damsels. Misogyny. A knight in shining armour.
If there is any substance in this film, it's probably the theme of the madonna/whore complex and Italian men frustrated with a generation of young women ambitious for education, sexual liberation and having their own right to choose a partner without societal pressure. It's all a bit contrived, but it's an exploitation film.
Top notch photography.
Among a group of college students in Italy, women are getting murdered... sexually. To take their minds off their friends dying (uh, sure), four of the women go to a family lake house but: the murders follow them there! GASP
Something that stands out about Torso, especially in light of another movie we saw later in this festival, is how the sex is portrayed. It's always consensual, or at least bought and paid for. No one is coerced or hurt during the act, and if they're murdered afterward, well, it IS a movie about murders. There's a sexy scene where two of the women hook up; they're interrupted, but until that point they seem to be enjoying it just for…
Saw this at the Music Box Of Horrors in 35mm. One of those where the set up is kind of fun yet awkward but the murders are done so well. A lot of great set ups and the third act is really where things shine.
Watched this when I was younger because the 30 second add spot (you can find it easily on youtube) was an aggressive and sticky bit of hoopla. Thought it was alright as psycho killer slice-n-dice flicks go but felt it was more effective in its reduced form.
Was exposed to the full three minute ad a handful of times in recent months and its extended scenes play better than I remembered (the film's first kill, a two-for-one which is also prominently featured in said trailer, has unexpectedly kicked around my brain for the last ten years). Turns out it's something like the platonic ideal of the giallo. Eerie, strong sense of suspense and creeping dread, as great a soundtrack as…
Really terrific post-Bay of Blood giallo/slasher hybrid by the great Sergio Martino. What surprised me was just how little actual effects work and gore there actually is - there's an entire sequence of murders in this film that take place completely off screen, whereas any later slasher film would focus on and fetishize the act of and not what happens after like this film does.
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