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Death Smiles on a Murderer

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Genres: Horror
Starring: Ewa Aulin, Klaus Kinski, Luciano Rossi, Giacomo Rossi Stuart
Director: Joe D'Amato, Aristide Massaccesi
Plot Synopsis:

A haunting and dreamlike gothic horror/giallo hybrid, Death Smiles on a Murderer is a compelling early work from the legendary sleaze and horror film director Joe D Amato (Anthropophagus, Emanuelle in America), here billed under his real name Aristide Massaccesi.

Set in Austria in the early 1900s, Death Smiles on a Murderer stars Ewa Aulin, (Candy, Death Laid an Egg) as Greta, a beautiful young woman abused by her brother Franz (Luciano Rossi, Death Walks in High Heels, The Conformist) and left to die in childbirth by her illicit lover, the aristocrat Dr. von Ravensbrück (Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Kill, Baby... Kill!). Bereft with grief, Franz reanimates his dead sister using a formula engraved on an ancient Incan medallion. Greta then returns as an undead avenging angel, reaping revenge on the Ravensbrück family and her manically possessive brother.

Presented here in a stunning 2K restoration, D Amato s film is a stately and surreal supernatural mystery which benefits from an achingly mournful score by Berto Pisano, several shocking scenes of gore, and a typically sinister performance from Klaus Kinski as a morbid doctor.

  • Technical Specs
    Length:92 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx, FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Stephen Thrower and film historian Roberto Curti
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCMItalian Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM
    Subtitles/Captions:Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrackOptional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
    Special Features:New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim LucasD Amato Smiles on Death, an archival interview in which the director discusses the filmAll About Ewa, a newly-filmed, career-spanning interview with the Swedish starSmiling on the Taboo: Sex, Death and Transgression in the horror films of Joe D Amato, new video essay by critic Kat EllingerOriginal trailersStills and collections gallery