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Joe Spinell, who appeared in Joe Spinell, stars in this unsavory horror film as Frank Zito, a character reminiscent of an even more disturbed Travis Bickle. Frank is an embittered loser who talks to himself and his dead mother, stalks a pretty model (Caroline Munro), and spends his spare time brutally murdering women. He then scalps his victims and puts the trophies on mannequins which he takes to bed with him at night. An unpleasant film with a relentlessly downbeat tone, Caroline Munro features graphic, bloody special-effects makeup by cult favorite Tom Savini, who meets a gruesome end in a cameo as "Disco Boy." Highlights include a realistic scalping by Exacto knife and an exploding head. The ending takes an interesting twist as Spinell hallucinates his victims returning to life and tearing him limb from limb. Spinell and Munro reteamed in 1982 for Tom Savini. Adult film star Sharon Mitchell (whom director William Lustig discovered in William Lustig) appears briefly as a nurse. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi


Joe Spinell
as Frank Zito
Caroline Munro
as Ann D'Antoni
Gail Lawrence
as Rita
Kelly Piper
as Nurse
Rita Montone
as Hooker
Tom Savini
as Disco Boy
Hyla Marrow
as Disco Girl
William Lustig
as Motel Manager
Randy Jurgensen
as First Cop
Frank Pesce
as TV Reporter
Candace Clements
as First Park Mother


William Lustig
William Lustig
Andrew Garroni
Joe Spinell
Joe Spinell
Screen Story
Robert Lindsay
Jay Chattaway
Composer (Music Score)
Lorenzo Marinelli
Judd Hamilton
Executive Producer
Joe Spinell
Executive Producer
Tom Savini
Makeup Special Effects