Spasmo (1974)

Italy, 1974
88m, 2553 metres
35mm film, colour, mono, Italian

An Italian horror film directed by Umberto Lenzi. The American cut of the film includes ten minutes of extra footage showing the murders that Lenzi had gone out of his way to hide, shot, uncredited, by George A. Romero.

Plot Summary

Christian meets an injured woman on a beach and subsequently falls in love with her. Christian is attacked in his motel room by a mysterious assailant who is accidentally shot in the struggle. And then the body goes missing…


Directed by: Umberto Lenzi
© [not given on screen]
A UTI Produzioni Associate production
Produced by: Ugo Tucci
Screenplay: Massimo Franciosa, Luisa Montagnana, Pino Boller, Umberto Lenzi
Story: Pino Boller
Director of Photography: Guglielmo Mancori
Film Editor: Eugenio Alabiso
Music Composed and Arranged by: Ennio Morricone
Costumes: Silvio Laurenzi
Make-up: Antonio Mecacci
Hairdresser: Anna Graziosi
Production Designer: Giacomo Caló Carducci
Interiors: Centro Cinematografico DEAR

Robert Hoffmann [Christian Bauman]
Suzy Kendall [Barbara]
Ivan Rassimov [Fritz Bauman]
Adolfo Lastretti [Torres]
Franco Silva [Luca]
Mario Erpichini [Alex]
Maria Pia Conti
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Rosita Torosh
Monica Monet (Clorinda)
Guido Alberti [Malcolm]

Alternative Titles

The Death Dealer – Canadian, US title
Efialtis – Greek video title
Mistérios dum Jovem Rico – Portuguese title
Ond död – Swedish television title
Spazmy – Polish title
Спазм – Russian title



  • Cinematografia ITA vol.41 no.1/2 (January/February 1974) pp.107-108 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.242 no.9 (2 July 1976) p.3- credits, review


  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.234