Torso (1973)

TORSO (1973)
aka I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale
Article 2808 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-14-2009
Posting Date: 4-21-2009
Directed by Sergio Martino
Featuring Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda
Country: Italy

A strangler is on the loose killing college girls in Rome.

Of the giallos I’ve seen to date, this is the one that most resembles an American slasher movie, especially during the first two murders. It’s also one of the sleazier giallos I’ve seen, as well as one of the bloodiest. Yet, I must admit that I found it overall to be fairly uninspired as far as giallos go; I didn’t find it compellingly stylistic, and the revelations at the end about the causes of the killer’s psychosis seem very weak. Still, it does manage to work up a decent amount of suspense in the final third of the movie, when the killer sets about disposing of several bodies in a house while being unaware that there is still one other person on the premises who knows she’s in danger but is unable to escape; in some ways, this plot element reminds me of a similar one in the SEE NO EVIL. There’s lots of nudity here and the usual (almost obligatory for a giallo) lesbian encounters. This one is so-so.

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