Friday, October 10, 2008

Torso

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Yes, this is what I'm talking about. You have to sift through a lot of mediocrity to find a giallo this good. This is one from Sergio Martino, and it's easily the best one of his I've seen. I'm thinking the quality of his films is inversely related to the greatness of their titles. i.e. Torso is the best movie, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I have the Key is his worst, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh and All the Colors of the Dark fall somewhere in the middle.

I can't remember the last time I saw this many sexy, sexy naked women in a giallo. Maybe never. Maybe this is the record. The first 2/3rds of Torso is entertaining if standard giallo fare, but then in the last act one of the supporting characters wakes up, and goes downstairs to find that all of the other major characters have been murdered, and oh shit the killer is still in the house, sawing the limbs off of the corpses and sticking them in a bag. And I must say, the last chunk of the film, where this character tries to hide from the killer, genuinely manages to stir up a little excitement and suspense.

Did I mention all the nudity? Also: lesbians.

1 comment:

Andy said...

Yeah, the last 25 mins was the best part. I thought everything leading up to that was kind of meandering and almost boring.

Though I did like that weird guy with that stupid red on black scarf who attacks prostitutes and seems to be the killer, but then one of the characters realizes that the scarf she saw the killer wear WASN'T his, but some inversed black on red scarf. And then the scarf guy dies anyway.