Phantom of Death

This lesser Italian horror Giallo from the director of Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato) is ripe with all the pieces that make Italian horror great: blood, guts, whodunit mystery, random Americans pretending to be Italians, and about 7 different names for one film. 

A successful pianist (Michael York) is diagnosed with a rare disorder that will cause him to grow old quickly. People around him are being murdered left and right. Donald Pleasance plays a cop exactly like Donald Pleasance does in every movie.

York is convincing as a man aging in leaps and bounds while dealing with the emotional torment that comes with his deformation. No one else really stands out, except for the hottie girlfriend.

Compared to other Italian films, this one is lighter on gore and less in-your-face than one might expect.

True to the Giallo formula, a lot of the intrigue lies in trying to determine who the killer is, though in this case it is pretty easy to determine even for the astute challenged.

While this isn’t a classic by any means, it is still worth watching once you have burned through the major Italian films. And it’s got a cool name in English.

Snore Factor: ZZZ

IMDB 1988

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  • ReelyBored

    Gotta love that Giallo!