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Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

La morte ha sorriso all'assassino (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Romance | 11 July 1973 (Italy)
A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

Director:

Joe D'Amato (as Aristide Massaccesi)

Writers:

Claudio Bernabei (screenplay) (as C. Bernabei), Joe D'Amato (screenplay) (as A. Massaccesi) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Klaus Kinski ... Dr. Sturges
Ewa Aulin ... Greta
Angela Bo Angela Bo ... Eva
Sergio Doria ... Walter
Attilio Dottesio ... Inspector Dannick
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Simeon
Luciano Rossi ... Franz
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Dr. von Ravensbrück
Fernando Cerulli ... Professor Kempte (as Franco Cerulli)
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... Gertrude
Giorgio Dolfin Giorgio Dolfin ... Maier
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A young woman, Greta, loses her memory following an accident with a carriage and finds hospitality at the villa of two wealthy landowners Eva and Walter. The two welcome the girl with great hospitality, far too much - since she is forgetful she ends up in bed with the husband first and then with the wife. But even Dr. Sturges who pays her first visit is interested in her, and above all he is interested in the amulet that she wears around her neck. In fact, he is carrying out mysterious experiments to bring the dead back to life through ancient formulas attributed to the Incas and that amulet is very familiar to him. Things get complicated when Ewa discovers her affair with her husband and, in a raptus of jealousy, she kills her by walling her alive. But a few days later, during a masquerade party, Greta mysteriously reappears with a skeletal face and begins to persecute Ewa pushing her to suicide - and the dead will not end here . Written by lament

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 July 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Smiles on a Murderer See more »

Filming Locations:

Elios Film, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dany Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of 13 titles included in Avco Embassy's Nightmare Theater package syndicated for television in 1975. See more »

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A masterpiece.
16 October 2003 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Death Smiles at Murder" is an excellent Italian horror film.It's a story of a man who uses an ancient Incan formula to raise the dead and uses it for his own series of revenge murders.This film is a bizarre mixture of necrophilia,sexual obsession and gore.It offers some downright hypnotic scenes plus a little bit of gruesome violence.The script is incomprehensible and the make-up effects are pretty terrible.Still D'Amato does create some wonderful imagery.Berto Pisano's soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful.The cast is excellent-Klaus Kinski shines in his rather underwritten role and Eva Aulin is effective as reanimated woman.Highly recommended,especially if you like Italian horror.


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