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Contraband is a lost classic that has now been restored here on this DVD. What happens when the world's foremost gore director decides to make a crime caper? Answer - more blood than Al Pacino can shoot up in all his gangster flicks put together. Although the plot is mostly non-existent and certainly there is little here in terms of brains, there is plenty of action and horror to boot.
Basically the plot revolves around several smuggler gang families from Naples all snubbing each other out in the worst possible way imaginable... and that is all there is it to it really.
Everything on display here is pretty pointless but it is not done badly at all and the acting is a little better than what you would expect. There are several gore scenes that stand out - a woman getting her face torched to full melt, a gangster having his head machine gunned to pieces, a mob leader having his throat blown off, plenty backs of the heads flying across the room, cops arresting nuns, horses burning up, mobsters getting boiled alive, gangster shot up in church, a vicious rape sequence, intestines being shot out and lots of screaming - all done to the tune of a funky eighties disco beat that is more apt for a ...movie. No Sir, you will not find this one playing on television any time soon.
If gangsters, guns and gore is your thing then you'll love it, but don't get this expecting the cinematic flair of what Hollywood has done with this genre.
With its' fight/chase scenes, brilliantly catchy cheesy disco score, foul-mouthed dialogue, and hundreds of spent bullet casings, the movie rides on the coat-tails of the then-popular Eurocrime genre. It's how vicious the film gets that really sets it apart - someone is boiled in an acid pool, another guy's head is machine-gunned to pieces, a pusher's face is blowtorched into a molten mess, and there's a nearly unwatchable sodomy scene that precedes RIPPER's infamous razor torture scene.
The only real drawback is that the first half-hour is a bit of a drag, but once it starts to get moving (with the well-staged assassination of Testi's brother), it doesn't let up from there.
Well acted and assured, Fulci demonstrates a confident hand in the action scenes and it's a shame he didn't delve more into this genre.
Clearly aware of just how dull the first half of the film is, the gore goes into overdrive just about the time you're tempted to give up on it and see if there's anything decent on TV instead. It's a mixture of the same ridiculous effects that mar the earlier scenes and some not particularly convincing but rather better executed ones as heads get blown off, duplicitous female drug dealers get Bunsen burner facials and our hero's wife gets raped.Read more ›
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Fulci may have been the bees knees with horror films, but Contraband shows up his deficiencies away from the genre. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Burrobaggy
Anyone who thinks Lucio Fulci made only gory horror films, should check out "Contraband." The man proves that he can handle any genre. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ali
not cheesy enough for me. sounded like it was entertainingly bad but just didnt make the cut. Too much fast forwarding.Published 13 months ago by tangent
Contraband is a masterwork of Lucio Fulci. It's a production which is always showing the brutal cynical world of organized criminality. Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by -
This film is incredible. the plot is a joke - i looked at the ceiling several times, wondering what the hell were they thinking. Read morePublished on June 8, 2006 by dave
Contraband is a so-so mafia movie that never achieves its potential. A new group of narcotics gangsters force their way into the Naples underworld. Read morePublished on October 14, 2004 by WLR
3:00AM, early this morning-Lucio Fulci night at the Runk house. Basically Fulci night is any time the wife and kid are sleeping coz they don't care much for these kinds of films. Read morePublished on July 31, 2004 by Stanley Runk
One of Fulci's best films. A violent italian made crime drama about smugglers of cigarettes and dope. Very gory. Read morePublished on November 7, 2003 by M. Hencke
The wonderfully warped world of the late Italian film director Lucio Fulci offers much to the fan of horror films. Read morePublished on July 7, 2003 by Jeffrey Leach