Monday, May 25, 2009

Lizard In A Woman's Skin (1971) aka Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna aka Schizoid aka Carole aka Le Venin De La Peur

 4.5 / 5 May '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Lucio Fulci
Written by: Lucio Fulci
Actors include: Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 101 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Italy/Spain/France

Wowsa, I've never seen a giallo like this one! It's psychedelic, freaky and altogether bizarre but all in a good way. It doesn't feel like a Fulci film at all, it's very surreal and claustrophobic feeling and he does a marvelous job so kudos to Fulci for being such a renaissance man! We meet the intense Carol (Bolkan) who seems to be having LSD freakout style nightmares filled with naked orgies and demonic stuff and even a stabbing! Making matters worse is that she witnesses her neighbor being stabbed in her dream, but when it happens in reality could she be a witness? Could she be psychic? It's a real twisty and curvy mystery but rest assured, ride it out, enjoy it and it will come together in a very satisfying manner. There are a few bodies by the end (the blood and imagery are nightmarish and cool) so horror fans should enjoy, there's probably enough nudity in the beginning that it almost classifies as a softcore porn so if you like that sorta thing you'll be happy too. The mystery is a good one and it kept me guessing and the camera work is really freakin' cool! Very interesting and stylized take on this style of film, not one I'll be forgetting!

Availability:  On DVD

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