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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. 

Special Features

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio 
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack 
  • New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas
  • D’Amato Smiles on Death, an archival interview in which the director discusses the film
  • All About Ewa, a newly-filmed, career-spanning interview with the Swedish star
  • Smiling on the Taboo: Sex, Death and Transgression in the horror films of Joe D’Amato, new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Original trailers
  • Stills and collections gallery 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx 
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
85 minutes
Certificate:
18
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Joe D'Amato
Actor:
Ewa Aulin

Klaus Kinski

Angela Bo

Sergio Doria

Attilio Dottesio

Marco Mariani

Luciano Rossi
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1973
Region:
B

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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. 

Special Features

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio 
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack 
  • New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas
  • D’Amato Smiles on Death, an archival interview in which the director discusses the film
  • All About Ewa, a newly-filmed, career-spanning interview with the Swedish star
  • Smiling on the Taboo: Sex, Death and Transgression in the horror films of Joe D’Amato, new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Original trailers
  • Stills and collections gallery 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx 
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
85 minutes
Certificate:
18
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Joe D'Amato
Actor:
Ewa Aulin

Klaus Kinski

Angela Bo

Sergio Doria

Attilio Dottesio

Marco Mariani

Luciano Rossi
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1973
Region:
B

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This Gothic-tinged, period-set Horror hybrid is a gruesomely gorgeous Giallo!

'Death Smiles on a Murderer’ (1973) is a gruesomely gorgeous, Gothic-tinged, period-set Giallo/Horror hybrid by one of my favourite Italian genre film artists, the estimable cinematographer, and prolific producer/director Joe D’Amato aka Aristide Massaccesi. For me, this dreamlike, weirdly erotic, deliciously doomy diorama of desperately diabolical love is one of his most visually resplendent works, and is certainly not to be missed by eager fans of maestro D’Amato’s salaciously sinful cinema, and would most certainly make a wonderfully vivid primer for any not altogether familiar with his greatly undervalued genre cinema. I am far from objective about this necrotic nightmare, since I remain a HUGE, HUGE fan of the delightfully degenerated, nastily necromantic blood-spiller 'Death Smiles on a Murderer', and I am quite sure it will bring out your super-creepy cat scratch Klaus Kinski fever! You say tomato, I say D'Amato, baby! Both the visual resolution of the Arrow Video Blu-ray, and sublime content quality of the extra features are no less immaculate!

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