I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (1973)
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There is just something about the magic of giallo.
Sergio Martino once again manages to bring a good thriller to the italian screen. This is an early example of giallo films and probably his best after Strange Vice.
Tacky and badly edited, but full of visual excess and both sexual and gory exploitation, this is a classic example of the italian sensual thrillers that any true slasher fan has come to know and love.
In most films the jumpy, confusing plot would be a detractor, but in movies like these it only adds to the overall, somehow classy, campiness.
I would say that Torso is a very definitive giallo, probably a good one to show to someone unfamiliar with the genre as a starting point for what it's all about, having just the right balance of everything without too much artiness as can sometimes be hard to stomach in Argento's peices for the newcomer.
One of my favourite scenes is the one set in the swamp. It's refreshingly original and although there are some lighting issues it's fairly visually appealing.
That being said, this film can feel a bit long, it does suffer from some pacing issues and the idea is stretched to create a full length film when it really needed a little more.
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This movie ranks #88 in BFI's 100 European Horror Films
This movie ranks #632 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films