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Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: LUCIO FULCI

In the realm of Italian filmmaking, there are generally three big names that come up again and again in conversations about innovation, style, and universal appeal: Dario Argento, Mario Bava, and Lucio Fulci. Argento is still alive and making films, and Bava had a very successful career as a cinematographer before coming into his own as a visual director. But it is the staggering variety (and prolific career) of Lucio Fulci that is the focus of this week’s column.

The House with Laughing Windows (REVIEW)

A young artist travels to a remote Italian village to restore a painting in a small out-of-the-way church. As soon as he begins his work he receives threatening phone calls warning him against restoring the painting, and a friend who had some information about the original artist, is murdered by being pushed out of a window. Later on the artist meets a young teacher and they begin to have a romantic affair while he works on the painting, as the inhabitants of the village begin to make their plans for him known.

New Zombie OST, And it Ain't Half-Bad!

It's quite an undertaking to write a soundtrack from scratch. It's probably even more difficult to write said soundtrack without the solid visual reference of a movie that actually exists.

Yet one man, Magnus Sellergren has taken on the task, and performed it with an ear that belies a loving admiration for the horror films and soundtracks that haunted our cinemas past.

Retro Poster: "Don't Torture a Duckling" (1972)

Lucio Fulci's "Don't Torture a Duckling" was one of those movies that I saw once in it's entirety about 10 years ago and promptly pushed to the back of my mind. I had the chance to revisit it recently on Netflix and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Although not as violent and gory as Fulci's other movies, the film plays out more as a mystery with a few horror elements mixed in for good measure. Most notably, a gruesome scene in which a woman is beaten with chains by an angry mob is often the topic a conversation when discussing the movie.

Don't Torture a Duckling (REVIEW)

“Don’t Torture a Duckling” is the story of Accendura, a remote village in Central Italy that is beset by a rash of child murders. The police race against the growing rage of the community to find a killer in a town of myriad secrets. Accendura’s residents are closed off and superstitious, augmenting Catholicism with provincial spirits and the charms of a local shaman. The influences of early seventies Italy on the closed world of Accendura comes mostly in the form of hookers, outcasts, and in the middle of this crisis, a band of soulless reporters.

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (REVIEW)

Lucio Fulci is probably most famous for his role as accelerant in the Italian gore arms race of the late 70’s and early 80’s. If Argento and Umberto Lenzi were Kiss and Alice Cooper then Fulci was Gwar. His signature works of grue abandoned logic and cohesive narrative in order to push the splatter factor past revulsion to near parody. Films like “Zombi 2”, “City of the Living Dead” and “The Beyond” sought out increasingly severe and unconventional ways of getting entrails, connective tissues, and the four humors onto the screen by the bucketful.

"Door Into Silence" Comes To Region 1

Celebrated horror director Lucio Fulci's final production, the less-than-stellar "Door Into Silence," will make its Region 1 debut on June 30th courtesy of Severin Films, the edgy genre-friendly distributor responsible for giving Vidal Raski's ultra bizarre cult favorite "The Sinful Dwarf" a much-needed home on DVD. Your desire to purchase this admittedly dodgy motion picture will depend greatly upon your tolerance for John Savage, car chases involving funeral hearses, and half-baked psychological terror. In other words, it's probably better suited to Fulci completists than anyone else.

Fulci Lives!

THE BEYOND

Starring Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Al Cliver

Directed by Lucio Fulci

Grindhouse Releasing

It seems that, since just about everyone in the world of horror is so well aware of "The Beyond", and, even more appropriately for me, everyone in the world of horror has already written their own opinions about it, that to add mine just seems, well, totally redundant. You might as well title this “Not Another 'The Beyond' Review”.

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