Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971) aka L'iguana dalla lingua di fuoco aka Die Bestie mit dem feurigen Atem

3 / 5 Jun '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Sandro Continenza, Riccardo Freda
Actors include: Luigi Pistilli, Dagmar Lassander, Anton Diffring
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 92 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Italy

This definitely had it's ups and downs, in fact it almost felt as though 2 directors were working here, one that is inept with no budget, and the other a skilled nature photographer. Parts of this were grainy and dark and the camera work was well a little less good than I'm used to with giallos. At the same time this was filmed in Ireland, and there is a big scene with some gigantic cliffs that is one of the most gorgeous things (and intense because I'm afraid of heights) that I've ever seen...simply wow! Unfortunately my enjoyment of the film was hindered by bad dubbing, I'd really like to see this through with subtitles, as their jokish voices were distracting, and it cheapened the film. On that note, this is not a classy picture....this is actually a cheap gore film disguised as a giallo. If you enter this one looking to solve a good mystery, you will be disappointed as it felt thrown together in that regard. Still some odd dialog (a woman who can't hear without her glasses?), and some fun killings (did I mention...acid in the face!!!) and some good parts make this a film that I enjoyed for the most part. Definitely something quite different from the others in it's genre.

Availability:  Not on DVD anywhere as far as I know

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