Torso (1973 film)

Torso (1973 film)

Infobox Film
name = Torso


caption =
director = Sergio Martino
producer = Carlo Ponti, Antonio Cervi
writer = Ernesto Gastaldi, Sergio Martino
narrator =
starring = Suzy Kendall
Tina Aumont
Luc Merenda
John Richardson
music = Guido De Angelis
Maurizio De Angelis
cinematography = Giancarlo Ferrando

editing = Eugenio Alabiso
distributor = Joseph Brenner Associates 1973 (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed)
released = flagicon|Italy April 01, 1973
flagicon|USA November 1973
flagicon|Japan March 20, 1978
runtime = 92 min
"U.S. DVD version"
country = flagicon|Italy Italy
language = Italian (U.S. release dubbed into English)
budget =
gross =
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amg_id = 50491
imdb_id = 0069920

"Torso", or "I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale" ("Bodies bear traces of carnal violence") is an Italian giallo thriller directed by Sergio Martino.

Plot synopsis

A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four young beautiful girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. Soon a mysterious black-gloved killer begins to kill them one by one. While this film belongs in the Italian "giallo" genre, the third act is considered to be one of the kick starts of the mostly American "slasher" genre.

DVD

Released Mar 21, 2000 is now out of print.

Sleazy sex and stylish violence are two of the main ingredients of the Italian giallo thriller. And though few genre aficionados consider Torso to be one of the better giallo offerings, it does nevertheless exemplify many of the genre's strengths and weaknesses. Anchor Bay Entertainment's disc has been beautifully transferred and restored from the film's original negative. Picture quality is strong, sharp, and clear throughout, allowing the viewer to revel in how technically polished and accomplished this film really is. Color and flesh tones are accurate and stable and there is hardly a trace of grain in the picture, especially during the nighttime scenes. The film's Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack is fine and is available in English or Italian. There is no Italian-language option with English subtitles. Portions of the film, though, are in Italian with subtitles. These scenes — which were taken from the Italian version — were never recorded in English. Two trailers have also been included on the disc — the U.S. and the international. Both are appropriately hysterical and sleazy.

A danish DVD released April 2007 by another world entertainment in 2007 is an option until a rerelease.

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