There was one VERY impressive bit that I wanted to cover more of. Director cameos, especially in Italian horror, are something I really enjoy. How many times do you say, "hey, it's LUCIO FULCI" when he pops up? I do it EVERY time. Now, when this disc was released in 2003 I might not even have recognized Ruggero Deodato. Now we have Hostel 2 (heh, thanks Eli Roth) and his extended Cannibal Cameo. Come to think of it, Deodato and Fenech are both in that film also! Strange connection.
So, Ruggero pops up in a VERY stylish bit that plays into the trash nerd aspect of cast watching (and don't we all do that?) as he draws me into a moment of "hey that's Deodato...on a moped...holy...*CRASH!!!*"
The crash? A great splattery giallo death scene that I didn't see coming because I was nerded out. Here, check it out!
|An ominous figure...|
|No hat...but that could be a trench coat...|
|Oh. It's just the director of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST|
|On a moped.|
|Phew...I love that movie...I must be safe now...or....|
|Super effective place to put a glass wall that is going to...|
|Someone said the shape of the guy that directed Cannibal Holocaust was here!|
While I'm having fun with the captions, this is pretty high up on my list of utterly effective cameos. Now that Deodato just leaps out as a fake scare as much as any black cat, the timing and editing on this scene were perfect. While Phantom of Death may never be in the top 10 Eurohorrors, it sure has one of the better cameo scenes, and in the world of David Z Minutia, that counts for a lot!