Torso (Blu-ray) (1973)
Not Rated Dir: Sergio Martino | Blue Underground | 93 min.

Review By: Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012

Plot: What’s it about?

I assume you’ve all seen a film where a serial killer/rapist is stalking a college campus, preying on young females. You ever notice how no one ever leaves? The girls, even the ones that are a perfect target for such a killer, go about their business like nothing is happening. That always pisses me off, which brings me to the first point I like about this movie. Here, when a maniac is on a college campus killing spree, the chicks head for the hills, and leave the campus behind. Now while I admire their efforts, this killer is smarter than most college coed killers, because he leaves the college to pursue the lovely vixens. The girls decide to chill for a few days at an isolated villa, which isn’t the first place I’d go, but still, it’s better than staying on campus, in theory anyway. While the chicks are relaxing, one thing leads to another, and we’ve got some serious sexual escapades on our hands. But since that mean old killer is on his way, the girls better come up for air, because they need to focus on staying alive.

If you’re a giallo genre nut, Torso is one flick you’ll want to add to your collection, because it has all the ingredients a film like this needs to succeed. While the storyline might seem a little overdone, the way in which the story unfolds is not, and the suspense is some of the finest in horror history, especially the final few sequences. As with most films in the giallo genre, Torso offers plenty of three things, suspense, blood, and flesh. While this movie does have some graphic killing scenes, the focus here seems to be on the suspense, and the movie doesn’t suffer at all, since there is enough blood to go around. You’ll also bear witness to some nubile young flesh, which is always a good thing in a horror flick. I recommend this disc and movie very highly.

This film was directed and cowritten by Sergio Martino, who injects this movie with finely tuned suspense, some of the best in film, in my opinion. When you think of horror movies, you might not think of well planned and executed plot devices, but Torso, like many of the Italian horror films, excel in their delivery of suspense. While there is blood and flesh galore, the movie is fueled by the tremendous writing and directing, no doubt about it. Martino also directed such films as Chopper Squad, Blade of the Ripper, Mountain of the Cannibal Gods, and Don’t Play With Tigers. The lead in this film is played by Suzy Kendall (The Bird With Crystal Plumage, To Sir With Love), who manages to turn in a quite good performance. Females in horror movies usually don’t perform well, or just scream and bleed, but Kendall brings more than fear to this role. The supporting cast for this movie includes John Richardson (One Million Years B.C., Execution), Tina Aumont (The Messiah, Casanova), Angela Covello (So Naked So Dead), Robert Bisacco (The Assisi Underground), and Carla Brait (Erotic Blue).

Video: How does it look?

Torso is presented in 1.66:1 widescreen. This is a remarkable visual effort, as this looks cleaner and clearer than any version I’ve seen on home video. The print looks excellent, thanks to a new transfer struck from the negative. The image is refined and shows impressive detail throughout. Some age and production related issues crop up, but that is unavoidable in a case like. In the end, Blue Underground has once again delivered a cult classic in definitive fashion.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio here is presented via a DTS HD mono soundtrack. You can choose between the uncensored English version and the full length Italian director’s cut, which should delight fans. The film’s awesome music has never sounded this good on home video, which is a real treat. The audio is of course thin, but this is due to the source’s age and production limitations. As far as the material goes, this sounds clean and clear, which is great news. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The supplements include an interview with director Sergio Martino, the U.S. opening credits, television and radio spots, promotional artwork, and two of the film’s theatrical trailers.

Disc Features
  • (1.66:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Video Codec: AVC
  • Audio: DTS HD Master
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy
  • 1 Disc Set
Torso (Blu-ray)

4.5
must own!
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