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  • Actors: John Richardson, Tina Aumont, Suzy Kendall, Luc Merenda
  • Directors: Sergio Martino
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Shameless
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W2226G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,123 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"From Sergio Martino, director of the stylish All The Colors of the Dark and the truly disturbing Mountain Of The Cannibal God, comes this fine gem of a slasher giallo that sits well up there with the best from Bava (Mario!) and Argento. Delicious students, who we can only assume are studying for a masters degree in stripping, head off for a vacation to a location remote enough to ensure undisturbed carnage should a killer be lurking nearby… Luckily for fans of psycho sexual thrillers a black gloved saw-wielding nutter has followed them to their bordello of nudity and soon starts effective slayer multi-tasking by molesting and mutilating his way through a cast of fine beauties including the ever delicious Suzy Kendall! TORSO (cert. 18) is released on DVD by Shameless Screen Entertainment. The film is presented remastered in 1.85:1 with English 2.0 sound, in region 0. Also included on the disc is a Shameless original trailer gallery and the DVD comes presented with a reversible classic artwork sleeve. "

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
I am no film critic/reviewer, but there are some films that you never get sick of watching, and in my (so called) mind this makes a good film !
I think this dvd is in the genre of "Giallo" which is an Italian crime story/thriller, like an Alfred Hitchcock book/film, but with graphic violence (which is excellent !! not really the type of cinematic violence which is repulsive, it's never real enough to actually upset you).
The story is about a group of Italian girls who leave the city after the upsetting death of their friend, only to find that impending death has followed them.
It's not a complicated film at all, it's an enjoyable thriller/whodunnit.
I like the fact that all the fashions and cars are from the 60/70's, the film is seedy but enjoyable in a "Scooby Doo" type of way !
It's basically cheap and nasty, but it has such class !! and style, it's very enjoyable and sometimes there are some great (directorial) "shots", like when the killer is stalking his victim through the foggy woods, displaying a menacing silouette, lense flare and also 60's flared trousers!!
Or shots of young "sexy chicks" zooming around Italy in a mini !
Hmmm who did it ?? who is the murderer ?? why ??!?
:)
The music is cool, sleazy jazz in a 70's styley, european slow tempo'd jazz trumpet, saxophone, going into hippy acoustic guitars and flutes !! yea !!! get stoned !! free sex
(or is that what happens ?)
I love this film, ultimately it's daft, but it's great fun, and it's really well made, and the HUGE benefit of having it on DVD, is that you can see the film the way the director intended, in beautiful clear colour, instead of watching a wonky vhs that your mate copied 4000 times, with no colour left in it.
I give this DVD 5 stars !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RandyAngell on 23 Nov. 2009
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Well, don't expect too much in the way of acting or production but once that is established this film creates quite a bit of tension in the latter half. The gratuitous topless students provide some distraction in the first half of the movie but once everyone is installed in the villa at the top of the hill, the real suspense kicks in. A little more gore would have not gone amiss but overall quite a satisfying view which should be enjoyed by fans of the giallo segment.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on 2 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
Glad to see there is some agreement in the reviews here of Shameless' release of "Torso"..."Where Whores Meet Saws"? Come on guys, treat the films you release (and the people who buy them) some some crumb of respect. I honestly don't want a copy of this film on my shelf dressed up like this...I have the R1 Anchor Bay version and I wouldn't swap it for this.

For anyone that doesn't know, "Torso" is a mid 1970's Italian giallo-type horror thriller that tells the tale of a group of girls being stalked and slaughered by a masked killer. OK, so that synopsis gives away the fact that the film is somewhat catering for the gore market, but it does have a certain amount of style that many other slashers don't have. Sadly, it does not make much sense in places, and the "giallo" elements are poorly implemented (some rubbish about what colour scarf someone was wearing is a very weak attempt to add mystery). But what does work is the central device of getting the group of gilrs holed up in a remote villa at the mercy of the killer. The standout scene for me is the one where heroine Suzy Kendall has to hide in a closet while the killer is dismembering the girls he has just murdered and all she can do is watch in horrified silence and try not to scream lest he realises she is actully in the room - a great scene!

The acting is mostly good, the girls are beautiful, and there is some suspense as the survivors try and escape from the house. The gore is a bit shoddy, effects are rubbery and very cheaply done, but they still have impact.

Shameless need to have a re-think of their marketing of this stuff. They've done the same thing with "Killer Nun" (Father, I've Been a Murderous Slut!), the fairly serious "Flavia the Heretic" (Flay Me Baby One More Time!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stoker on 13 Dec. 2007
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Finally Torso gets a uk release, which means all those who dont wanna fork out £40 for the region 1 can get it at a resonable price! This is one of those Italian horror classics thats actually worth the wait. Not as well put together as argento or fulci, but packed with really great jazz tinged music and some totally unforgetable scenes, mainly the beautifully shot murder in the woods and the final showdown in the house with Suzy Kendall(of bird with the crystal plumage fame) and the masked killer. Also torso contains some truly original ideas and cinematography. If you like horror from this genre then you should check this one out. Ignore the awful uk dvd cover, thats just to be expected, oh and dont expect too much gore, its not actually that bloody. Almost a classic. Just a shame the final scene lets the pace down a bit. Enjoy.
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I have to admit that I was somewhat put off by the title of this one. If that sounds somewhat dismissive, it is mean to. Titles like this were meant to capture the unadventurous imaginations of a jaded public who would rather indulge Hollywood's latest trite outpourings than take the chance on a little, otherwise unheard of film lurking on the bottom shelf of their local video rental store. In addition, Shameless Video, all too aware of this, have done their best to take us back to those heady times, of standing round in crowded, smoky rooms staring at row upon row of uncertified films, by presenting Torso with a particularly lurid cover and citing the by-line "Where whores meet saws". The fact that the original Italian title is hidden in the small print only confirms their commitment to its one-time-notorious video nasty status. On the other hand, the fact that the Italian title, I Corpi Presentano Tracce Di Violenza Carnale, translates as "bodies bear traces of carnal violence" means that they needn't have gone to so much trouble.

At its heart, Torso is classic giallo, no more and no less. The basic premise is of a killer with a damaged childhood killing off women and men (just for a change) in a variety of gruesome ways for reasons that are disclosed in the film's closing minutes. No surprises there then. However, what lifts this particular giallo out of the mire, if not to the dizzy heights occupied by the likes of Blood and Black Lace and Tenebrae, is solid direction from Sergio Martino and the ingenious editing skills of Eugenio Alabiso. Together, they have conspired to create a cracking thriller that moves from admittedly sketchy early scenes to a tense trapped-in-a-chateau final that would have tickled Hitchcock.

There are the usual shortcomings, of course.
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