Friday, May 22, 2009

Death Smiled at My Butt

It's Friday afternoon before the long weekend and I'm super sleepy. Lunch (sushi) has been consumed and everything is slowing down. The sun hasn't been out for 4 days in a row (which is rare for Tampa) and I'm just sitting here and thinking about Death Smiled at Murder. Before going into porn for the rest of his career, director Joe D'Amato did a few really great horror movies. The best of which is this supernatural giallo starring Ewa Aulin, Klaus Kinski, and Luciano Rossi. I just love to watch this one over and over again. Sigh... Anyway, here's my review.

Here's the NSFW trailer:


  1. I have this on an American Legend House DVD as Death Smiles On A Murderer in a double feature with The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism. The D'Amato looks and sounds terrific, but the running time is about eight minutes shorter than your edition. There was less Kinski than I hoped for, but otherwise I approve.

  2. Hmmm... I wonder if any gore or nudity was cut from your version. There was some eye violence, some razor slashing, and a shotgun to the face in my version. Kinski is in the film but he is not featured prominently. I am just so over the moon about Rossi that I forget everyone else. I friggin' LOVE The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism. That is a classic and a half.

    By the way, I added Mondo 70 to my links. That's good stuff, duder.

  3. Copy that on Torture Chamber, Richard. It may be Lex Barker's finest hour, but I probably shouldn't say that until I see more German films. I don't recall my copy of Death Smiles lacking for gore, but I may need to refresh my memory on specifics. And thanks for the plug.

  4. I did not know D'Amato went into porn in his later career. That explains a lot about Buio Omega, although I do love that movie.