Torso (1973 film)
Directed by Sergio Martino
Produced by Carlo Ponti, Antonio Cervi
Written by Ernesto Gastaldi, Sergio Martino
Starring Suzy KendallTina AumontLuc MerendaJohn Richardson
Music by Guido De AngelisMaurizio De Angelis
Cinematography Giancarlo Ferrando
Editing by Eugenio Alabiso
Distributed by Joseph Brenner Associates 1973 (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed)
Release date(s) April 1, 1973 November 1973 March 20, 1978
Running time 92 minU.S. DVD version
Country Italy
Language Italian (U.S. release dubbed into English)


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Torso (1973 film)

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Torso, or I Corpi Presentano Tracce Di Violenza Carnale ("Bodies bear traces of carnal violence") is an Italian giallo thriller directed by Sergio Martino. The film was shot on location in Perugia and the Italian countryside in early 1972, and was subsequently released in 1973. Torso is considered by horror fans to be one of the forerunners of the modern slasher genre and has developed a cult following among fans of the giallo genre. Torso was released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2000.


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A series of brutal murders shock a college campus, and four young beautiful girlfriends flee for the safety of an isolated country villa. Little do they know the crazed killer has followed them to the retreat and they're next on the victim list.


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  • Suzy Kendall ... Jane
  • Tina Aumont ... Daniela "Danni"
  • Luc Merenda ... Roberto
  • John Richardson ... Franz
  • Roberto Bisacco ... Stefano Vanzi
  • Ernesto Colli ... Gianni Tomasso, the street vendor
  • Angela Covello ... Katia
  • Carla Brait ... Ursula
  • Conchita Airoldi ... Carol Peterson
  • Patrizia Adiutori ... Florence Heineken
  • Luciano Bartoli ... Peter
  • Gianni Greco ... George
  • Luciano De Ambrosis ... Inspector Martino
  • Enrico DiMarco ... Village idiot

Alternate versions

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  • The uncut version has been released by Anchor Bay Entertainment in widescreen and runs a couple of minutes longer.
  • UK cinema and video versions were cut by 50 secs by the BBFC. The cuts were fully waived for Shameless Screen Entertainment's 2007 DVD release.

Alternate titles

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  • Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence
  • Carnal Violence (Europe, English title)
  • Los Cuerpos presentan señales de violencia carnal (Spain, TV title)
  • Die Säge des Teufels (West Germany)
  • Torso (USA)
  • Torso: Ölene-ölüme- Kadar seks (Turkey, Turkish title)

Release dates

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  • USA: November 1973
  • Turkey: April 1975
  • Japan: 20 March 1976

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