Film #59: TORSO aka I CORPI PRESENTANO TRACCE DI VIOLENZA CARNALE
4 out of 5 stars
A much needed rewatch! I remember seeing this Sergio Martino (MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD, CASE OF THE SCORPION’S TAIL, YOU’RE VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM) directed / Carlo Ponti (ZABRISKIE POINT, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO) produced giallo back in the late ‘70s on a double bill with THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It was at the Capitol Drive-In. I was with some high school buddies and we’d decided to “expand out minds” (if you get my drift) and go see this. It was raining and we were obliterated and, to this day, I STILL remember this film. It is one of Martino’s best and a terrific example of what a giallo was. Lots of nudity and mid-‘70s “alternative culture” (ie, smoking pot, what they used to call ‘free love’) and some decent kills. The women are all beautiful (especially Suzy Kendall & Tina Aumont) and the men are suitably creepy. But it is the last act that really shines. Kendall, alone in a house with the killer, plays a cat-and-mouse game of hiding from him - always able to JUST get away – and it’s a nailbiter. Italian cinema fans should by all means see this. Giallo fans MUST see this. Sergio Martino fans should as well. TORSO (aka I CORPI PRESENTANO TRACCE DI VIOLENZA CARNALE) is a fine example of early ‘70s Italian / giallo cinema.