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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 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.
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 .
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…
First there was Blood and Black Lace that introduced the horror elements into the Giallo. Following the murderer around as they off the cast in violent manners and used inventive methods of killing. Then the formula was used time and time again and slowly improved upon.
Then there was The Bird With The Crystal Plumage that modified the Giallo formula to a great extent thanks to the stylistic genius of Dario Argento.
Then Mario Bava came back and upped the ante by increasing the level of graphic violence and introducing the body count with A Bay of Blood.
All of these films laid the groundwork for what would eventually become the Slasher Film that…
A great, grimy giallo by Sergio Martino. The film does lose a bit of steam by the final act but Martino's ability to come off stylish without overdoing it says a lot about his talents.
Though the closing scene is a bit of a let down, this is one of the most tightly constructed giallo movies I've seen. It builds suspense so effortlessly, until the last five minutes blows it all away.
"Death is the best keeper of secrets."
Sergio Martino's stylish and influential Torso pre-dates all the famous slasher movies who came later (even though it's more of a thriller, or a giallo if you prefer, than a full-blown slasher film) and it's one hell of a ride. A killer wearing a ski mask, black gloves and a red scarf is killing beautiful women in the most gruesome ways. Tons of nudity, plenty of violent, gory murders and a great soundtrack. Torso is one of Italy's proudest moments!
Sergio Martino's 1973 giallo has achieved cult status for a similar reason the likes of Argento's movies do; a who-dunnit thriller with a clever twist that has moments of tension and gore. Although Torso isn't up there with the likes of Argento and Bava's best work, it's still a decent enough addition to the genre which I'm sure the likes of Wes Craven were watching on their way up.
A group of pretty female students in Italy head off to a big house in the woods to spend their summer holiday lazing around naked and stuff. Obviously, it isn't long before they're being slayed by a masked maniac with a saw.
Torso certainly has its moments and ups the tension considerably in the last half hour. One for giallo/slasher fans only really, but a solid enough entry in the genre.
Great example of Italian slasher movie!
"I would never have imagined that a product of American technology could be so moved by the works of the old masters."
"You didn't come to Italy to buy the Colosseum?"
- prof. Franz to his American expat student Jane
Torso, or I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale as was its title upon its original release in Italy, remains one of the best and most striking examples of the giallo genre. Director Sergio Martino considerably ups the ante in terms of sex and violence after directing three rather more tame and atmospheric entries in the genre, two of which centered around giallo mainstay Edwige Fenech, who is conspicuously absent here. What we get is a film that serves as…
One of the best Giallo/proto-slashers I've come across. It's got everything a slasher fan could want, four girls, a remote location, a masked killer and one survivor. Somehow it's also able to feature both great and horrendous photography. Filmed in the same beautiful town where the 2007 giallo like murder of a British exchange student happened.
Yes, very Psychosexual.
Het lijkt me niet meer dan juist dat we het Italiaanse volk bedanken voor twee dingen, giallo en die verdomd lekkere pizza van hen. Degelijke genre-prent die de uitstekende reputatie van Italiaanse horror regisseurs uit de jaren 70 nog maar eens bevestigd. Geweldige soundtrack ook!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
"Exploitation film" is such a broad term that I'm not even sure how to define it. It's rather subjective. They're…