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on November 20, 2014
One of Lucio Fulci's oddest films. Fulci plays himself, a horror director shooting a grisly movie. Unfortunately the violence from the movie starts bleeding into his real life, driving him crazy. He goes to see a psychiatrist who is driven completely mad after watching all of Fulci's movies and becomes a real life maniac like those in Fulci's movies, hypnotizing Fulci so he will think himself the murderer.

It's hard to tell exactly what Fulci was attempting with this one--was he trying to be all meta and clever and make his own 8 1/2 or maybe he was just trying to have a little fun at his own expense. Whatever it was Fulci was trying to do he doesn't really succeed--Cat in the Brain is an extremely disjointed mess that as often as not feels like Fulci re-purposing deleted scenes and effects from earlier movies and linking it all together with the flimsy meta story.

Still, hard-core Lucio Fulci fans will likely get more of a kick out of this than I did. It's certainly more playful than the usual Fulci flick and it might feature more over the top gore than all of his previous films put together. Brett Halsey also has an amusing cameo as the leading man in the movie within the movie. But if you're not already a fan you should stay away from this one and stick to one of his classic horror movies like The Beyond or City of the Living Dead or House By the Cemetary instead.
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on August 15, 2009
Well, not quite as bad as I had been led to believe, but not good either. Fulci plays himself as a director haunted by violent scenes from his own (and other people's) films, and ends up going to a psychiatrist for help. As it turns out however, the psychiatrist is a real life psycho, trapped in a loveless marriage, and uses Fulci's problems as an excuse to go on a murder spree with the intention of ultimately framing Fulci himself for the crimes. While Fulci does a reasonable job playing himself, the psychiatrist provides one of the worst performances I have seen on screen for many a year, being alternately wooden or over the top hammy. But I guess the primary reason people watch this film is because of the much hyped gore sequences. Well, while it is true there are numerous such scenes in the film, I am afraid much of the gore is of very poor quality - with dodgy rubber prosthetics and cheap looking severed heads. I am afraid I felt myself nodding off between the scenes of carnage, which is surely not a good sign.
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on March 31, 2007
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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on March 17, 2009
Here's an example of Lucio Fulci at his worst. Just so you know right up front, this film is actually pasted together from bits out of other movies! The story tells of a troubled film director who finds that the gory scenes he creates in his movies seem to be acted out in real life. Is he going mad or is there some supernatural element at work? If you waste your time watching this, the chances are you won't even care.

To make up most of the running time, unrelated and disparate scenes of gore and murder have been spliced in from several of Fulci's other films made at around this time. For this reason, the film appears to make no sense at all. It's like some very lazy clips show. All the films that the clips are taken from were unsuccessful on release...maybe they thought nobody would notice! There's no attempt made to help the viewer identify which scenes are real and which are fantasy. And although in some movies that works very well ("Images" is a good example), you have to be a very skilled director to pull it off, but Fulci is not capable of building any kind of atmosphere except one of confusion. He also takes the lead role as the troubled director..sadly his acting skills are nothing to write home about either.

Only appealing to absolute hard-core Fulci enthusiasts, this movie is an insult to any serious or even casual horror buff. Save your money and give this a wide berth.
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on March 16, 2014
I waited all these years to see the Last Lucio Fulci flick he made before he died and this was it??? OMG! this movie was just dumb! Sold it after I watched it once!
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