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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…
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…
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.
I mean, if you're a horror fan you know by now if you like Giallo or not. This is your typical feature with loads of boobs, a mysterious killer and just a bit of blood. I can't say this would reach my top ten Giallos, but it was fun and didn't bore me so there's that.
The messy plot of this sleazy giallo kept me engaged, maybe in spite of, maybe because of my expectations that whodunit and why would be entirely nonsensical.
Torso AKA The Bodies Show Signs of Carnal Violence is as sleazy a giallo as they come and great example of the era and genre. The film is laden with an intriguing psychological subtext that makes the story more involving than in any other run of the mill slasher film. Direction is really fantastic, with Martino's camera placement and shot selection proving great subjective element to the film (this reminded me also of Blood and Black Lace. For how not to do this and manage to piss of the audience as well, watch the horrendous 1983 film Angst). I guessed the ultimate reveal of the killer fairly on (if only because I was paying attention to who was not being painted as a red herring; the film goes to great lengths to obfuscate the identity of the killer and it's largely very effective) and the last act is overflowing with amazing tension.
Un gruppo di studentesse straniere a Perugia sono perseguitate da un violento maniaco. Come sempre nei gialli italiani bellissime location, regia e cinematografia elegantissima mentre abbastanza ingenua la sceneggiatura e la gestione attoriale così come l’effettistica. Bellissime donne ( ci sono sequenze con studentesse a petto ignudo in ogni dove) + erotismo + atmosfera thriller, sono gli elementi che mette in scena Sergio Martino. Ultimi venti minuti home invasion notevoli peccato per il finale bruttino e telefonato. Molto probabile che la protagonista sia una delle prime final girl della storia del thriller-horror. Seminale ma limitato.
P.S. Perugia, studentesse universitarie straniere e delitti a sfondo sessuale, vi ricorda qualcosa?
Torso executes a generic plot with panache.
Sergio Martino's tale of a killer on the loose is an effective thriller. Only mildly tempered by time, it is still a gory delight. As with many of these early 70s Italian horror movies it seems to foreshadow the modern American horror movie. The scene with the killer in the mist who seems to be stood motionless gazing toward his imminent victim, with a glance, disappears from sight. This could well be an inspiration for Halloween. The lurid nudity and woodland setting can be seen to foreshadow the Friday the 13th movies, and so on. The plot is a bit goofy, but then again I do own this in a box set entitled 'Slasher Nasties'. It is of little surprise then that, although this is a cut above the average stalk and slash horror film, the thrills Torso delivers are largely visceral rather than cerebral.
There sure are a lot of boobs in this movie.
Hoop-Tober 3.0 criteria:
Scavenger Hunt Nineteen, Film #26. A slasher film made BEFORE 1978.
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…
This guy just keeps getting interrupted while trying to hacksaw this body to bits. Give him a fuckin' break.
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