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on March 28, 2009
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.
It's cool to see Fulci doing something a bit different and poking fun at his career. Though still brutal, gory and kinda comically dubbed like many of his films, it's like nothing else he's done before. I'd actually suggest this to the critics(including Roger Ebert) who had probably only seen Zombie and/or The Beyond and feel Fulci is nothing more than a hack horror director. Oh hell, who am I kidding? They already have their minds made up. But regardless, Fulci fans have never given a hoot about what other people say, so it's all good. Obviously this is recommended for the Fulci fan, though that really goes without saying.
Thanks again, Grindhouse.