I’m a big fan of Italian horror films, so I usually jump at the opportunity to check out something new that I have either overlooked or just plain didn’t know existed. Recently, I picked up Sergio Martino’s “Torso” and couldn’t wait to see what I had been missing. Filmed beautifully in Perugia, over a misty landscape, it follows the giallo film tradition faithfully.
While it’s more of a whodunnit than a slasher, “Torso” has the right amount of exploitation, violence, and character development to separate it from the rest of the flock. Part of this film’s charm is the fun of trying to figure out the identity of the killer. Giancarlo Ferrando’s cinematography does a great job aiding in the tension, and it seems that almost every shot of the male characters has a sinister agenda. While the plot is similar to most slashers, this film stands out.
Jane and a group of her friends need a much deserved break from class, staying at one of the girls’ uncle’s home out in the country. Isolated and vulnerable, the killer makes his move and begins a fantastic killing spree in the last act of the film. “Torso” is a bit slow going, but is worth the time invested. Character development is similar to Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” or Eli Roth’s “Hostel,” giving you a ton of time to get acquainted with the cast and then drops the killer right on their doorstep.
Do yourself a favor and check this one out! This film gets the Rottin’ Roger Demarco seal of approval with 3 scarves out of 5.