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Un Delitto poco comune (Off Balance) (Phantom of Death) Reviews

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March 11, 2014
Unpleasant and original Giallo from Ruggero Deodato--Great cast, reliable director...bizarre giallo!!
½ August 7, 2011
A famous concert pianist (Michael York) contracts a rare disease that causes rapid ageing so decides to ditch the piano and take up a bit of serial killing (as you do). Hot on his trail is a detective played by Donald Pleasence dusting off his Dr. Loomis personna and having about the same luck.

Nothing new here and i would advise anyone including people with an interest in old Italian horror to stay away. 1.5/10
½ April 25, 2011
Really liked this - got better as went on - Michael York gives a fantastic performance aging from 30 - 90 in a few months and Pleasance is good also - good make up effects and bloody deaths to begin with effects are pretty decent. Well worth a watch for Giallo / Horror enthusiasts
½ September 14, 2010
Not quite as good as Cannibal Holocaust or anything like it whatsoever, here we have Michael York having a disease which ages him rapidly, which in turn, natch, makes him kill women. Took a while to get going but once the ageing began my attention was kept. Could have done with a bit more gore, but if I want a film about a man undergoing a horrific transformation in a gory ass fashion then I should just get The Fly out again.

Shameless don't half tart up these dubious films well but with this one they don't seem to have been able to perfect the sound as it was a bit ropey in places, but the picture was a good as the others I've seen.
½ June 27, 2010
I had the misfortune to view a UK DVD claiming to be uncut, but which actually had several minutes hacked out of it.
Ruggero Deodato, director notorious for making "Cannibal Holocaust" has made a giallo which also pays homage to "Phantom Of The Opera".
Michael York plays a concert pianist who learns he has a medical condition which ages him prematurely and at a fast rate. It also turns him into a psychotic madman, and he starts slicing and dicing nubile young ladies throughout the city. Hot on his trail is cop Inspector Datti (Donald Pleasance).
While the movie promises to be good it's rather slow in places, and the level of violence and body count is rather low by giallo (and Deodato!) standards. The most gruesome stuff in the DVD I viewed was a rather messy throat slashing scene. It is stylishly filmed though. Also costars genre faves Edwige Fenech and Giovanni Lombardo Radice.
½ March 22, 2010
A bit disappointing, sadly.
October 5, 2009
excellent B-movie, elevated above it's exploitation constraints by the amazing acting of michael york and donald pleasence effectively recreating his Loomis character from Halloween.
September 20, 2009
Ok of course the man who gave CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST is going to find it difficult to even come close to it, and in this fine little giallo he doesnt, but that doesnt this isnt all that good. In all honesty i find it hard to watch this film, not for the reasons some maybe thinking, its because its not the sort of film i associate with Deodato. But that said the film is pretty much good, there's a few set pieces in the film, it has the normal giallo trademarks, black gloves, red herrings, mirrors, knifes. But this story is slightly differant, and it works, the thought of micheal york getting old and becoming a serial killer is a bit hard to deal with but as always Donald Pleasence does his part. Good film but only for the die hard giallo fans, standard horror film fans will probably find this boring.
May 2, 2009
Decent enough Giallo with an typically great performance by Pleasence. The film can be tiresome to watch in places but its worth it for some of the gore effects. Deodato is growing on me more and more now.
February 24, 2009
No stars. Too boring.
½ September 6, 2008
Michael York (Austin Powers) and Donald Pleasance (Halloween) star in this, directed by Ruggero Deodato (director of the FANTASTICLY DISTURBING 'Cannibal Holocaust'). Sadly this film is nowhere near as good as his cannibal trilogy. Instead, we get a stange giallo/slasher film with a guy with a strange disease which ages him rapidly doing the killings. The acting is hillariously horrendous! Michael York's voice/accent is the most annoying voice I've ever heard (and why did he suddenly turn cockney half-way through this film, and then instantly back to psh towards the end!). Donald Pleasance is equally as bad - thinking for some reason that he is filming 'Halloween' rather than this and the scene where he runs through the busy street swearing at the killer (who cannot be seen) with everyone (members of the public, presumably) thinking 'who the hell is this nut?"

If you like Italian thrillers (giallo) or any of the names in the film, have a look at this film. Also if you are collecting the Shameless DVD's this is a must (otherwise ur collection is incomplete obviously!). A very 'so bad it's good' film which you will probably enjoy if you don't take it serious and don't use your brain
½ August 4, 2008
80 tal så det förslår, Vendeig är alltid trevligt, det är helt ok men inte mer
June 22, 2008
Not Deodato's best work by a long chalk. A few good scenes and Donald Pleasance hamming it up.
March 11, 2008
Donald Pleasence and Edwige Fenech enliven okay giallo from Cannibal Holocaust director, some random gore and Michael York's crazy performance pep it up a notch too, but this is a little to unevenly paced to rate any higher. For fans of the stars and giallo completists it is an intelligently scripted thriller, but others may find themselves drifting. York acts convincingly under the ever increasing make-up creating a layered character and Pleasence is unusually restrained until the latter stages. Nice score from Pino Donaggio
March 2, 2008
A bizarre thriller about a man suffering from a strange illness that causes him to age prematurely as well as creating a mental disorder compelling him to commit a series of gruesome murders. The fine cast includes Michael York, Donald Pleasence and Edwige Fenech. The director Ruggero Deodato makes a brief cameo appearance as a man waiting at a train station.
February 15, 2008
Late period Giallo from 1988, takes the unusual route of telling us who the killer is more or less from the offset instead of being a whodunnit mystery.
Donald Pleasance is excellent as ever in his usual role, Michael York is suitably deranged and tries his best to out wooden act some of the dubbed Italians and Edwige Fenech is still looking pretty hot at this point.
Essentially a cat and mouse thriller between Pleasance and the decaying, diseased York, this is and entertaining ehough giallo. Not mad or gory enough to be considered a classic of its kind but is sufficently different to entertain.
January 23, 2008
This late 80s giallo is all over the shop in pacing terms but as a support feature for a beer-addled night in it's great fun with Michael York turning in an amusingly deranged performance. Every time the film starts to flag they also helpfully ram in a scene of extreme gore!
January 21, 2008
This film's biggest problem is it's pacing. Some great sequences that really flow followed by some less great sequences that take forever to get going. However, for a cheesy bit of horror hokum with plenty of 80s gore this is a great film. Donald Pleasence is fantastic as always along with a supremely creepy Michael York. There is also the scariest child ever... Which is always cool!
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