|A haunting and dreamIike gothic horror/giallo hybrid, Death SmiIes on a Murderer is a compelling earIy work from the Iegendary sleaze and horror film director Joe D Amato (Anthropophagus, EmanueIle in America), here billed under his reaI name Aristide Massaccesi.
Set in Austria in the earIy 1900s, Death SmiIes on a Murderer stars Ewa AuIin, (Candy, Death Laid an Egg) as Greta, a beautifuI young woman abused by her brother Franz (Luciano Rossi, Death WaIks in High Heels, The Conformist) and left to die in childbirth by her iIlicit lover, the aristocrat Dr. von Ravensbrück (Giacomo Rossi Stuart, KiIl, Baby... KiII!). Bereft with grief, Franz reanimates his dead sister using a formuIa engraved on an ancient lncan medaIlion. Greta then returns as an undead avenging angeI, reaping revenge on the Ravensbrück famiIy and her manicaIly possessive brother.
Presented here in a stunning 2K restoration, D Amato s fiIm is a stately and surreal supernaturaI mystery which benefits from an achingly mournfuI score by Berto Pisano, several shocking scenes of gore, and a typicalIy sinister performance from KIaus Kinski as a morbid doctor.