Body Puzzle,(Misteria) (1991)





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This muddled thriller reminiscent of Mil Gritos Tiene la Noche stars Joanna Pacula as a widow in peril. Pacula's bisexual husband Abe had a lover named Tim Bell, who apparently lost his mind when Abe died in a motorcycle accident. Being that Abe was an organ donor, Tim begins murdering the recipients in order to rebuild his dead lover. The gruesome murders include an incredibly bloody slashing of a baker, a woman's hand cut off with an axe, and a lifeguard emasculated in a public pool. The most startling scene has a cornea recipient murdered in front of a class of blind children, one of whom gets a gout of blood right in the face. The preposterous ending involves both split personality and the expected reappearance of the quite healthy Abe. Misteria is a long, dreary film which makes no sense whatsoever, and adds to its annoying qualities by blaring "Night on Bald Mountain" at high volume in every other scene. Most viewers should avoid this film like the plague, but some horror fans will enjoy it for the gory murders, a campy performance by cult favorite Giovanni Lombardo Radice as an epicene homosexual, and cameos by Gianni Garko and Erika Blanc. Luigi Kuveiller provided the slick cinematography. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Tomas Arana
as Michael
Paolo Baroni
as Milani
Erika Blanc
as Dr. Corti
Bruno Corazzari
as Prof. Brusco
Gianni Garko
as Police Chief
Susanna Javicoli
as Mrs. Consorti
John Morghen
as Morangi
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Critic Reviews for Body Puzzle,(Misteria)

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The real puzzle has nothing to do with the story; it has to do with how the movie was made.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Body Puzzle,(Misteria)


Average Giallo that I carefully recommend for General Horror fans but wholeheartedly recommend for Horror/Giallo enthusiasts. This movie would join the classification of the mid 80's/early90's Giallo shift as far as style and presentation. So those that exclusively support giallo of the 60's & 70's might be uncomfortable with some of the stylistic and acting delivery. However this is prob one of the more visually, viscerally, and interesting later Gialli. Recommended for fans of: Opera, Tenebrae, Stendhal Syndrome, Blade in the Dark, and Stagefright.

Michael Joseph
Michael Joseph

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