Phantom of Death

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Phantom of Death
Phantom of Death poster.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Produced by Gianfranco Clerici
Pietro Innocenzi
Vincenzo Mannino
Screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici
Vincenzo Mannino
Gigliola Battaglini
Story by Gianfranco Clerici
Vincenzo Mannino
Starring Michael York
Edwige Fenech
Donald Pleasence
Mapi Galán
Fabio Sartor
Antonella Ponziani
Music by Pino Donaggio
Cinematography Giorgio Di Battista
Edited by Daniele Alabiso
DMV Distribuzione
Globe Films
Tandem Cinematografica
Release date
11 March 1988
Running time
90 min.
100 min. (France)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Phantom of Death (Italian: Un delitto poco comune (An Uncommon Crime) is a 1988 Italian giallo film directed by Ruggero Deodato. It was also distributed under the title Off Balance.


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).



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..."[1]

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.[1]

DVD release[edit]

Phantom of Death was released on DVD in the UK by Shameless Screen Entertainment. It was also released in some countries as Off Balance.


  1. ^ a b McAllister, Matt (11 August 2009). "Ruggero Deodato: The Cannibal King Interviews - Total Sci-Fi". Retrieved 30 July 2012.

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