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|Phantom of Death|
|Directed by||Ruggero Deodato|
|Produced by||Piettro Innocenzi|
|Cinematography||Giorgio Di Battista|
|Edited by||Daniele Alabiso|
|Music by||Pino Donaggio|
Robert Dominici (Michael York) is a pianist who suffers from a genetic condition that causes him to physically age at a rapid pace and also to go mad. Distraught by his condition, Dominici goes on a killing spree. Inspector Datti (Donald Pleasence) sets off to catch him. Meanwhile, Dominici targets the Inspector's daughter, Gloria (Antonella Ponziani).
- Michael York - Robert Dominici
- Donald Pleasence - Inspector Datti
- Edwige Fenech - Helene Martell
- Mapi Galan - Susanna
- Fabio Sortar - Davide
- Renato Cortesi - Agent Marchi
- Antonella Ponziani - Gloria Datti
- Carola Stagnaro - Dr. Carla Pesenti
- Daniele Brado - Dr. Vanni
- Caterina Boratto - Robert's mother
Deodato has stated that "I did Phantom of Death because it was based on a true element – the idea of growing old [...] And I got to work with Michael York and Donald Pleasence."
On the film as a whole, he commented that "some parts look like an 'A' production. But it seemed too long in the final part." He also said that Edwige Fenech was miscast, and only included because the producer wanted her in the film.
From contemporary reviews, "Lor." of Variety commented that the film had "little suspense" The review noted that York had "solid thesping which engenders some pathos for the central figure" and Pino Donaggio's score was "lush".
- Lor. 1991.
- McAllister, Matt (11 August 2009). "Ruggero Deodato: The Cannibal King Interviews - Total Sci-Fi". totalscifionline.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- Lor. (1991). Variety's Film Reviews 1989-1990. 21. R. R. Bowker. There are no page numbers in this book. This entry is found under the header "January 18, 1989". ISBN 0-8352-3089-9.