Release Date: Jan 4th, 1973.
Written by: Sergio Martino.
Directed by: Sergio Martino.
Starring: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson, Angela Covello, Carla Brait, Conchita Airoldi, and Patrizia Adiutori.
Director Sergio Martino never earned the acclaim that other directors like Argento and Fulci did, but he had a way with his films that made them both titillating and fun, and he deserved more love from Horror fans. Shame, that, because the guy's got skills.
|IT JUST DOESN'T PAY TO BE A COED IN PERUGIA.|
|THERE'S THAT DAMN SCARF!|
Listen, it doesn't make that much sense to us either, so just go with it.
|THIS FILTHY BITCH DOLL LOOKS SHOCKED.|
|LOOK OUT, SHE'S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!|
Even better was the scene towards the end at the villa, which was just superb. It goes on for a good 25 minutes, unfolds slowly, and builds up a mad amount of tension too. It was so good, that the ending that it sets up felt underwhelming in comparison. The part with the key was genius. Suzy Kendall owned the entire last act of Torso, and she played the entire villa segment perfectly. We love how her character was smart enough to hide, be quiet, and stay alive while the killer moved through the house around her.
It's worth noting that during that scene, the kid flying off of the cliff, and then the sudden cut to the doll and his dead body made us laugh... as did the girl falling down the stairs, and the crazy wannabe karate fight at the end. Man that was all some good, ridiculous stuff.
|THIS IS NO TIME FOR A PHOTOBOMB, ASSHOLE!|
|THANK YOU, ITALY. THANK YOU.|
For us, this is the best that Torso has ever looked. There is some trace evidence of DNR here and there, but overall this is a balanced transfer that didn't distract us too much with its flaws. The audio is a different matter though, as it wasn't exactly as crisp and clean as we thought it should be. It's an older movie, and we weren't pumping it through out 7.1 system or anything, so it didn't bother us all that much. Again, purist will probably not dig it as much though.
- Muders in Perugia - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Sergio Martino.
- U.S. Opening Credits.
- Theatrical Trailers: U.S., International, and Italian.
- TV Spots
- A Radio Spot.
- Poster & Still Gallery.
|DAVID COPPERFIELD AND ESPOSITO FROM WELCOME BACK KOTTER WERE GREAT IN THIS MOVIE.|
Torso is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Torso, and we've given them their own Hottie post right over HERE.