Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sadism, Depravity and Grue

Cat in the Brain 1990
Director: Lucio Fulci
Writers: Lucio Fulci and John Fitzsimmons
Starring Lucio Fulci, Brett Halsey, David L. Thompson, Jeoffrey Kennedy and Malisa Longo

Lucio Fulci, to many he is one of the premiere names when someone thinks Italian horror. To me he is the only one when I think of Italian Horror, I would rather see a Fulci film over a Argento or a Bava film. I had heard a lot of good things about this film, so I was really anticipating this film and I am happy to say that it failed to disappoint. The film is drenched in gore, sadism, and graphic nudity, all things that are a must for a great grindhouse experience to me. This film plays with the film within a film subject and really works well. It's also great to see FDulci play upon his notoriety has a creator of horror.
The plot basics are this, Lucio Fulci (Fulci) is a horror director who is starting to get affected by all the depravity he is filming and he is starting to hallucinate that horrible things are happening to him in reality just like in his films. He is worried that it is really affecting his life and his job, so he goes to a nearby psychiatrist (Thompson), to see if he can help him. But, the doctor has a wife (Longo), that is testing his limits and his rage is building up and decides to use Fulci's neuroses to cover his plans and hypnotizes him and tells him that he will think he is committing horrible acts of murder, while he is actually doing it. As the story progresses Fulci's hallucinations get worse and he really begins to question his sanity/ This all leads to a bizarre climax that ends with what seems Fulci finally succumbing to his madness.
This film was a delight to watch. As usual, Fulci's direction is great as he leers like a demented peeping tom on the gore and nudity. The writing, which was never a strong point of a Fulci film, does its job well enough, as I actually think this is one of his most lucid plots. The acting was good, Fulci was great playing himself, if he went insane. Also Thompson as the maniacal doctor is fun as hell to watch and the scenes within the movie with Halsey as the killer is great as well. The gore in this was insane and Fulci really seemed to revel in the sheer depravity of it. I also think this film other than the New York Ripper has the most blatant use of sexual depravity too. This is really a film for fans of grindhouse sex and sleaze. I would say casual film watcher should stay away as they will be easily offended.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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