Un Delitto poco comune (Off Balance) (Phantom of Death) Reviews
Nothing new here and i would advise anyone including people with an interest in old Italian horror to stay away. 1.5/10
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.
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.
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
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.