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Torso [Blu-ray]

John Richardson , Suzy Kendall , Sergio Martino    Unrated   Blu-ray
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There's a killer on the loose who's murdering and mutilating beautiful young college girls, and there's no shortage of suspects. Four comely coeds decide to escape the madness by vacationing in an isolated country villa, but the maniac has his eye on them--one of them suspects his identity--and drops in for a homicidal holiday. With a title like Torso you know what you're getting, but despite the high body count and the suggestion of dismemberment, most of the gore in this Italian giallo is offscreen... with a few exceptions (an icky eye gouging stands out). Director Sergio Martino is no Dario Argento and the film is blunt, direct, and vicious, as can be seen when the killer disposes of a witness by ramming his skull into a brick wall with his car, not once but twice (with the appropriate close-up). The killer, who hides behind a ratty ski mask and strangles his targets with a florid scarf, is haunted by some obscure childhood memory involving a porcelain doll and a traumatizing accident. He straddles two clichés, the Norman Bates-variety psychos and the hooded, zombielike automatons of Halloween and Friday the 13th. It doesn't make much sense, but like most slasher films, it's really about suspense, spectacle, and a body count, and Martino doesn't disappoint. To restore the film, Anchor Bay has included a few brief scenes in Italian with English subtitles. --Sean Axmaker

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, gripping giallo-thriller Feb. 24 2004
Format:DVD
TORSO [I Corpi Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnale] (Italy 1973): Following the murder of several classmates by a frenzied sex-killer, a group of female students retire to an isolated villa until police have apprehended a viable suspect. But the maniac is wise to their deception, and he/she follows them...
This stylish, gripping giallo-thriller - the equal of anything directed by Dario Argento at the time - was co-written by veteran scribe Ernesto Gastaldi and director Sergio Martino, the latter a journeyman technician whose commercial ethos catapulted him from one genre to another within the dictates of Italian popular cinema (cf. BLADE OF THE RIPPER, THE VIOLENT PROFESSIONALS, SEX WITH A SMILE, etc.). Despite bland performances from an unremarkable cast (including Euro stalwarts Suzy Kendall [THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE], John Richardson [THE MASK OF SATAN] and Luc Merenda [THEY CALLED HIM AMEN]), and some pretty obvious red herrings amongst the supporting players, TORSO is augmented by a number of beautifully crafted set-pieces (most notably the stalking of a young woman [Cristina Airoldi] through desolate marshland by the masked maniac), photographed with stunning visual flair by Martino's regular DP Giancarlo Ferrando (THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL) and edited to perfection by Eugenio Alabiso (MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD). The second half of the movie, during which Kendall becomes enmeshed in a nightmarish situation at a remote but picturesque country villa, is genuinely nerve-racking, staged with cat-and-mouse efficiency by Martino at his most inspired. Spiced with audience-pleasing elements of sex and violence which tested the limits of censorship in 1973, TORSO is a minor gem.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Below average film, few extras, not worth it. May 25 2001
Format:DVD
This DVD was highly recommended to me by several horror/giallo fans. After watching it for myself, I was very much let down. Basically, there's some guy going around killing people, and unfortunately, some of the effects make Herschell Gordon Lewis look like George Lucas. Fortunately, the guys in the audience can gape at the abundance of naked women running around on screen, and then they'll scream in disgust when they realize that Suzy Kendall remains clothed the entire time.
Director and co-screenplay writer Sergio Martino develops a loosely interesting mystery through the films course. However, after the first half-hour everything about Torso becomes tediously redundant and stale, and the murder scenes do not succeed in creating any horrific element at all (one scene, where the killer is chasing a witness through the city streets, is actually very effective, though). Redeeming the film somewhat, Torso does have some terrific performances and cinematography coutesy of veteran Giancarlo Ferrando.
Aside from the film, this Anchor Bay release lacks extras aside from two trailers. It also contains scenes where no English translation is present, making the switch from English to Italian at the drop-of-a-hat slightly frustrating (the same problem occurs in the Anchor Bay version of Argento's brilliant Deep Red). Overall, I don't recommend this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars With a name like Torso, how can you resist? June 17 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Anchor Bay is my secret lover. They have managed to put out nearly all the hard-to-find movies I've been searching for in a matter of months. I buy them like groceries. This one, along with Autopsy, was one of the first of these editions to hit my local video stores. It was near my birthday, and I just stared at them lovingly, with my friend looking at me slightly alarmed (we had just come out of American Psycho, something she normally wouldn't watch), as I couldn't decide which one to get, and I asked her advice. After reading them both, she said Torso, and by gosh, she was right on target. This is an awesome giallo that has one of the coolest murder scenes I've ever seen; it takes place in the woods, and the poor girl really gets it good. First, she looks up and sees a figure obscured by the mist, but she's stoned so she kinda just stands there dumbly. Then all of a sudden, he's right in front of her, and let's just say he's not taking an evening stroll. The plot has something to do with a killer who's haunted by some weird childhood memeory involving a doll, and he goes around killing college girls and sawing them into little bits.... Though the film is sometimes dated and sometimes stupid, it is enormously entertaining. There's enough gore to keep everybody interested, and lots of sex and lesbians making out (if you like that sort of thing). I think this is a very capable giallo that should be checked out by eveybody who likes this stuff;you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT DVD - Euro Trash at it's BEST April 5 2000
Format:DVD
Anchor Bay's DVD of TORSO is incredible - the image is crisp, sharp, colorful and there is no artifacting whatsoever. The print is also UNCUT! For years the film was seen in the US only in an edited version with most of the gore and sex cut out. It's great to finally see the entire uncut film with it's original opening and the extra sex and gore bits....I love the head crushing scene (albeit kind of fake) plus there's extra shots of the killer sawing up the bodies into little pieces. What more do you want? There's the cool looking hooded killer plus lots of stylistic giallo touches...this movie is better than ever especially in this impeccable presentation. It's letterboxed and includes the fun US trailer-"Tor---so!" as well as the original euro-trailer. A few shots in the film are in italian with english-subtitles because either the english track was never recorded or it had been lost...but it's not annoying at all and you just can't help loving this disc...especially if you are into euro-sleaze! One of Anchor Bay's best!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring waste of time
I didn't like this film very much. It was boring and tedious to sit though. I used the fast-forward on parts of it, it was that bad. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game of suspence
I've seen many of Martino's movies and I can say he's one of the best directors of Italian Gialli in the 60's and 70's. Read more
Published on May 16 2003 by Wildenbruck
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Giallo, hats off to Martino
Torso is a great representation of what was going on with the Italian giallo scene in the early seventies. A great looking, very slick piece that is superbly suspensful. Read more
Published on June 11 2001 by Rich Bradson
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Italian Slasher!!
Torso is a great depiction of the better side of italian cinema. There are a lot of really good italian horror/slasher films and a lot of bad ones. Read more
Published on May 13 2001 by kurlebj
4.0 out of 5 stars Gore? No. Midnight Classic? Yes.
Fans of spaghetti splatterfests beware- this is in no way a gore film. The title "torso" implies dismemberment; it implies bodies being cut apart with chainsaws, it... Read more
Published on April 2 2001 by David Madden
3.0 out of 5 stars Italian slasher-fest!
From the same director who gave us Slave of the Cannibal God comes Torso. Sergio Martino was a prolific Italian writer/director helming over fifty movies in his career, most of... Read more
Published on March 28 2001 by Bill W. Dalton
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and Sexy
In addition to some great atmosphere and location, director Sergio Martino adds touches of voyeurism and fetishism to elevate his horror / giallo to minor classic status ... Read more
Published on March 8 2001 by "jetboy77"
3.0 out of 5 stars "i hack them up like dolls"
says the killer. which pretty much describes the modus operandi of TORSO, your average woman-slashing, daftly-scripted giallo. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2001 by "halfadog"
2.0 out of 5 stars boring and not scary at all
I have ordered a bunch of horror movies, and this is the only one I regret. The story is mundane, there's little suspense involved and the murders are so obviously faked it made... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars boring and not scary at all
I have ordered a bunch of horror movies, and this is the only one I regret. The story is mundane, there's little suspense involved and the murders are so obviously faked it made... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2000
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