Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autopsy (1975)

Director: Armando Crispino

Starring: Mimsy Farmer, Barry Primus, Ray Lovelock, Carlo Cattaneo, Angela Goodwin, Gaby Wagner, Massimo Serato, Ernesto Colli

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It'll take you... apart!

Plot: Simona Sana is a young pathologist whom works in a morgue in Rome, Italy which gets with with a wave of violent suicides which are attributed to a summer heat wave. Driven to exhaustion from the intense heat and the long hours worked, Simona struggles to complete her college theses about natural deaths when one suicide victim is brought in the morgue in which a young Catholic priest named Paul Lenox who identifies the corpse as his sister, but that did not commit suicide, but was murdered and set up to look like a suicide. Simona teams up with Father Lenox to solve the mystery and stay one step ahead of a mysterious killer who now begins to stalk her when Simona gets a little too close to the truth of the suicides.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Mabye.

I guess you can classify this as a horror. It's more of a thriller/giallo but it's got lots of horror elements and some great kills. The story moves pretty quickly and it feels less than its 100 minutes would suggest. There's plenty for horror fans in the way of nudity and gore and it's got THE best dummy falling off of high scene I've ever come across.


How freaking awesome was that? All of the actors turn in fine performances and it's got a good score by Ennio Morricone (listen closely to the announcements at the racetrack and you'll hear his name mentioned as one of the drivers). AUTOPSY is a good thriller/horror that will keep you guessing until the reveal who the killer is. I dug it. It's one of the few giallos (Italian murder thrillers) I've seen that I enjoyed enough to watch again.

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