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Torso (1973)

Cast: Suzy Kendall, Christina Airoldi, Roberto Bisacco, more...
Director: Sergio Martino
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Blue Underground
Genre: Foreign, Italy, Giallo
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
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A group of extremely glamourous college coeds (Suzy Kendall among them) are being stalked by a hooded sex-killer whose weapon of choice is a hacksaw. Despite this perverse premise and an equally sick title (which translates as "The Bodies Show Signs of Carnal Violence"), this remains a rather dull exercise, representing the lower end of the Italian giallo thriller spectrum and lacking much of the violence common to films of the same genre, thus failing to keep its flimsy plot in motion. What gore was present in the Italian cut has been all but wiped out by the film's U.S. distributor. Released on video as Torso. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Have to agree with the AllMovie synopsis... by Phasmatrope August 8, 2009 - 7:00 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
As a giallo fan, I'd been curious to check out this exploitation title for a few years now; at the very least I knew it to be a bit of a "Grindhouse" staple (and one of the main films that Robert Rodriguez and Tarantino had shown to their cast of that 2007 group effort while trying to give them an idea of what they were making). Nonetheless, despite some scenic Italian settings and attractive female victims, I found this overall to be a fairly bland and uninteresting exercise. The killer itself doesn't have a particularly interesting M.O./weapon, the "detective work" is pretty laughable, the film seems to jump between a number of different leads, the stupidity of the protagonist only takes the tension away from the climax, and the final fight is a bit of letdown (yep, noone getting a chain dragged through their neck here...). Probably really only worth seeing if you're a dedicated student of the subgenre.

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