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  • Actors: Lucio Fulci, Robert Egon, Brett Halsey, Paul Muller, Maurice Poli
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Director's Cut, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Grindhouse Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OBBS4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


"A shattering exposition of gore, mutilation and sordid sex, certain to satisfy the sick set. A MASTERPIECE!" -- David F. Friedman, legendary producer of BLOOD FEAST and ILSA, SHE WOLF OF THE S.S.

"Chainsaw eviscerations, decapitations, piano-wire throat slashings, intestines being fed to ravenous pigs, eye-gougings, masses of T&A, graphic knifings, tongue-rippings...all and much more are present and correct. And I mean much more! FOUR STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" -- Chas. Balun's Deep Red

"Chainsaw mayhem, cannibalism, lusty Nazis, steak tartar, blood and gore - all rounded off with some highly amusing offbeat antics by the great man himself. What more could a horror fan ask for? A great film." -- Alan Simpson, SGM Film Review

Product Description

The most VIOLENT movie ever made! Starring Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci

Acclaimed Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci, director of ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND, stars in this blood-soaked epic as a director being driven insane by his own movies. Fulci is thrust into an ultra-violent nightmare of death and depravity where murder and madness consume his sanity in a vortex of violence. CAT IN THE BRAIN is a psychological masterpiece in the tradition of such cinematic classics as PSYCHO, STRAIT-JACKET, ERASERHEAD and Fellini's 8 1/2.

Due to its SHOCKING and VIOLENT subject matter, no one under 17 should view this film.


- 2 Disc Deluxe Edition
- Original uncensored director's cut
- Spectacular new hi-definition digital anamorphic widescreen transfer
- Presented with English and original Italian language soundtracks
- Never before seen in-depth interviews with director Lucio Fulci and star Brett Halsey
- Lucio Fulci's heroic appearance at the 1996 NYC Fangoria Weekend of Horrors
- Original theatrical trailer
- Gallery of stills and poster art
- Liner notes by Antonella Fulci, acclaimed horror novelist David J. Schow, and Eli Roth, director of HOSTEL
- Eyeball-popping psychedelic lenticular 3-D cover limited to the first 2500 units only!

- Another Italian horror classic from Grindhouse Releasing, who brought you the smash hits CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and PIECES
- The eagerly anticipated first-ever North American DVD release
- Directed by and STARRING legendary Italian horror director Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY)
- A film of such extreme violence and depravity, it was banned in England in 1999!

Customer Reviews

The DVD is loaded with extras with a great in depth interview with Lucio Fulci.
Dave. K
Though still brutal, gory and kinda comically dubbed like many of his films, it's like nothing else he's done before.
Stanley Runk
Have these films caused him to lose touch with reality & could he capable of murdering people in real life?
Brian R Yandle

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on March 28, 2009
Format: DVD
Those saints at Grindhouse have finally given us Cat In The Brain, and being the cool guys they are, have given the DVD excellent treatment. There are a bunch of interviews(two with Fulci himself), Fulci's appearance at Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, trailers, galleries and the whole shebang. A very nice package with a groovy hologram cover.
Hows about the movie? It won't quite tickle you like Fulci's classics, but it's quite good. As I'm sure you know(about 100 times over)Fulci is playing himself in this film. He's become quite disturbed and disillusioned by his constant shooting of violent films, and the lines between his work and his life start to blur(some of these scenes are really well done). He goes to a wacko psychoanalyst(but aren't they all?) for help, but the Doc takes advantage of Fulci's predicament to go on a murder spree for some odd reason(his wife being a hoochie momma may have something to do with it, or maybe he's just having a slow day). For the Doc, Fulci will make the perfect scapegoat. He convinces Fulci under hypnosis that Fulci is the one committing the crimes during his horror movie directing induced episodes, while the Doc is really the one doing the deed(the huge grin worn by the Doc as he stalks his victims is funny yet sinister at the same time).
That's your plot, folks. A Woody Allen movie gone mad!! It's more in the giallo vein, except there's really no mystery going on, only a question of what's real and what's in Fulci's mind. And it is a gory one too, as you might have guessed. Yes, there is footage from some of Fulci's lesser known films, as well as Bianchi's Massacre, but I didn't find this so appalling and distracting as some did. In fact, I think it actually fit what was going on pretty well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand on March 31, 2007
Format: DVD
Cheesy music, poor dubbing, glaring continuity errors, dodgy acting (not the least from Fulci himself) and buckets of often less-than-convincing gore. Even the cat looks ridiculously fake!

What was Fulci thinking of? If intended as a (cat got yer-)tongue-in-cheek satirical comment, it should have been sharper and wittier. If intended as grand guignol horror, it should have been darker and more menacing.

Just about saved from being a lone-star movie by the interest value of seeing Fulci himself and the variety of butchery just may melt the hardened gore-fan's butter.

On the whole very disappointing though.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dave. K VINE VOICE on April 8, 2009
Format: DVD

*** ˝ Out of 5

Release Date- August 8th, 1990

Running Time- 95-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- Lucio Fulci, Giovanni Simonelli, Antonio Tentori

Director- Lucio Fulci

Starring- Lucio Fulci, David L. Thompson, Malisa Longo, Jeoffrey Kennedy, Paola Cozzo and Brett Halsey

Released in 1990 Cat in the Brain, which also goes under the title Nightmare Concert came out when Lucio Fulci had clearly seen better days. After the release of The New York Ripper in 1982 Fulci seemed to really lose it and started a major decline in his career and depending on who you talk to that decline started with Ripper though I would disagree. At this point in his career with release such as Murder Rock, Aenigma and Touch of Death Fulci's best days were far behind. Zombi 3 as poor as it was for me is one of the only late day Fulci movies I did however enjoy; if for anything for the so bad its good quality.

Cat in the Brain is the only other late day Fulci movie I liked; after Cat in the Brain, Fulci would release three more movies, but for me this is the last movie that he made and would have made the perfect swan song. Despite popular belief Lucio Fulci was much more than a gore director with his movies such as Don't Torture a Duckling and Seven Notes in Black, Fulci was a filmmaker who can tell a story and create scenes with suspense and tension. Even though Zombi started his splatter era it's also a movie driven by suspense and tension and some really great atmosphere. And while some of these qualities were in his splatter flicks of the 80s they were more of a showcase for over the top, but excellent gore F/X.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Ehst on June 23, 2001
Format: DVD
I'll begin this review by warning everybody that it will only focus on the content of the film, not the DVD itself (which is still 2 months from release at the time of this review). This being an Image Entertainment release though, I feel safe in my assumption that the sound and video quality will be at least acceptable.
This is in a way Fulci's autobiography. Fulci on Fulci if you will. A look (sort of) into the mind of one of the Italian Cinema's most controversial and prolific filmmakers, at least that was the idea. This movie can only be taken on one level, gore munching fun. Unfortunately all of the potential of a poignant look into the mind of the maestro is absolutely wasted, and what's left is a somewhat 2 dimensional story. A director of violent movies (Lucio Fulci) tries to cure himself of all the mental anguish having created such pieces of horror celluloid bestows upon him. In his hunt for absolution, he finds himself in the office of one of the most ludicrously acted doctors this side of Brian Yuzna's The Dentist, who takes it upon himself to live out every murderous fantasy he's ever had and pin the wrap on Fulci.
This idea in itself would have still made for an interesting movie, if not an incredibly deep one, but as anybody interested in this movie probably already knows, only around of half of the movie is actually a new film. Most of Cat in the Brain (or Nightmare Concert as it is also commonly known) plays as sort of a Fulci's greatest hits, being made up of gory highlights from many of his lesser known latter films (and a few movies that he didn't actually direct). It's not unlike, if Lucio's career had been a television series, this would be his end of the 5th season "flash back episode".
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