I’ve been taking a look at a few of Sergio Martino’s giallo films. This time it’s my Torso blu-ray review. Made in 1973 and starring Suzy Kendall it tells the story of a masked serial killer lurking near a university. It’s available on bluray released by Shameless Screen Entertainment. Let’s find out if it’s worth a look.
- Torso (1973)
- Genre: Giallo
- Directed by Sergio Martino
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 1
- Released By Shameless Films
- Blu-ray Released: 25 September 2017
A masked serial killer is on the loose and several university students are victims. With several suspects under suspicion maybe fellow student Jane (Suzy Kendall) will identify the killer.
Style / Direction
The film’s directed by Sergio Martino whilst Eugenio Alabiso handled the cinematography. It has some rather nice locations and the camera fully utilises them. There’s also a house that overlooks the town in which several of the female students retreat to.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis.
Acting / Characters
I’d say the acting is solid enough without being anything special. Everyone plays their respective roles well enough.
- Suzy Kendall as Jane
- Tina Aumont as Dani
- Luc Merenda as Roberto
- John Richardson as Franz
- Roberto Bisacco as Stefano Vanzi
- Ernesto Colli as Gianni Tomasso
- Angela Covello as Katia
- Carla Brait as Ursula
- Conchita Airoldi as Carol Peterson
- Patrizia Adiutori as Flo Heineken
- Luciano Bartoli as Peter
- Gianni Greco as George
- Luciano De Ambrosis as Inspector Martino
- Carlo Alighiero as Uncle Nino
Conclusion: Torso (1973) Film Review
I enjoyed the film and would class it as a decent giallo. It has all the main elements you would expect such as lots of murders and several potential killers. It does a pretty good job of trying to disguise the identity of the killer but I guessed right and I think you will too.
Overall Sergio Martino delivers an entertaining but relatively simple story. It’s a well made with some nice camera angles and locations used.
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Conclusion: Torso Blu-ray Review
The film now looks fabulous having been restored. There are a couple of drops in quality but these only appear in the newly inserted cut scenes. Those sequences also lack English audio and therefore have English subtitles added.
Shameless claim this to be the most complete English version which is nice to see. On the extras front there’s a 23 minute interview with director Sergio Martino. Worth a look if you are interested in the film or giallo genre in general, be aware it is in Italian and has English subtitles.
- Dismembering Torso: Interview with Sergio Martino (23 mins)
On to my movie rating for Torso (1973)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: VERY GOOD
- Extras: VERY GOOD
Amazon UK Links
Torso (1973) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Torso 1973 blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more horror movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Torso (1973) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Torso (1973)
Movie description: A masked serial killer is on the loose and several university students are victims. Blu-ray released by Shameless Films
Duration: 93 mins
Director(s): Sergio Martino
Actor(s): Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson, Roberto Bisacco, Ernesto Colli, Angela Covello, Carla Brait, Conchita Airoldi, Patrizia Adiutori, Luciano Bartoli, Gianni Greco, Luciano De Ambrosis, Carlo Alighiero
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Sergio Martino delivers an entertaining but relatively simple story.
- Entertaining Giallo
- Suzy Kendall
- Good Blu-ray Release
- Simple Story