Rent Phantom of Death (1988)

2.9 of 5 from 52 ratings
1h 28min
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Synopsis:
From the writing team behind the vicious 'n' delicious New York Ripper and Ruggero Deodato, the director of the hunger-inducing Cannibal Holocaust, comes this star filled frenzy of brutal vengeance. Michael York (Austin Powers) stars as piano virtuoso Robert Dominici who suddenly contracts a devastating disease that ages him rapidly. With death closing in fast a decaying Robert abandons tinkling the ivories to instead embark on an arpeggio of vicious slaughter upon anyone who finds out about his impending gruesome fate! Closing in fast to try and end this crescendo of violence is Police Inspector Datti, played by the seasoned psychopath chasing Donald Pleasance (Halloween).
Will he solve this mystery? Not before you've enjoyed a long and lingering symphony of superbly gory set pieces!
Actors:
, , , , , , Antonella Ponziani, , Daniele Brado, , , Renata Dal Pozzo, , , , , , , ,
Directors:
Writers:
Gianfranco Clerici, Vincenzo Mannino
Aka:
Un delitto poco comune
Studio:
Shameless
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
Italy, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/10/2007
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (1) of Phantom of Death

Interesting but a waste of Fenech and Pleasence. - Phantom of Death review by NP

Spoiler Alert
24/11/2018

By 1988, giallos had been around for a long time and had understandably passed their peak. Here we have a good concoction of the usual ingredients - a whispering voice on the phone, a shambling police agent and some gory set-pieces set amidst elegant backdrops.

Directed by Ruggero 'Cannibal Holocaust' Deodato, this production is a showcase for the lesser appeals of the 1980s. An occasional backdrop of soulless, Linn-drum 'pop' music that typified the latter half of that decade and outsized shoulder pads and garish colourful fashion, and an expansive gloss that reminds me of the increasingly preposterous America soap giants like 'Dallas' and 'Dynasty' - luckily the three leads are not too blighted by such elements.

Dependable Michael York plays lady-magnet and pianist Robert Dominisci as well as he plays all his roles; Edwige Fenech has nothing much to do as Hélène Martell, his stunning girlfriend and a disinterested Donald Pleasence shuffles around as Inspector Datti, forever on the trail of the mysterious killer. His performance falls because he has no character, and his rant in the street ("You murdering b******! I kill you! I kill you!") amidst shoppers who don't bat and eyelid, is very odd in particular.

Pino Donaggio's score is good, but doesn't possess the stirring majesty of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai, and the smooth veneer of the production takes away many elements that personified giallo films at their peak. As such, this leans towards police procedural featuring a sympathetic, deformed killer, albeit with some beautiful locations. Dominisci's Jekyll/Hyde-like degeneration has a tragic permanence to it. Sadly for Datti, here is a criminal who did everything he could to get caught - and still the inspector failed to catch him.

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