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Director: Umberto Lenzi
Cast: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Monica Monet
Scorpion Releasing / All Region / Rated R / 2.35:1 widescreen (1080p) / English and Italian mono tracks / English subtitles option / 94 minutes
Extras: Interview with Director Umberto Lenzi / Original Theatrical Trailer / Reversible cover art ----
Italian filmmaker Umberto Lenzi isn't given the respect I believe he deserves. His name should definitely be right beside the likes of Argento, Bava and Fulci as a master of Italian horror and exploitation films. His classic Man From Deep River was the first of the Italian jungle/cannibalsploitation craze in the '70s, made popular by Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust and Lenzi's own, more salacious Cannibal Ferox. But Lenzi also made some of the best Poliziotteschi (Italian crime) like Gang War in Milan and gialli (Italian slashers) like Seven Blood-Stained Orchids. Akin to and sometimes lumped in with the giallo genre, he also made a completely nonsensical thriller called Spasmo that will either draw you in with its weirdness or turn you off with the very tame sex and violence usually associated with these kinds of movies.