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** Out of 5
Release Date- August 15th, 1988 (Italy)
Running Time- 85-Minutes
Screenplay- Lucio Fulci & Giorgio Mariuzzo
Director- Lucio Fulci
Starring- Lara Naszinsky, Jared Martin, Ulli Reinthaler, Milijana Zirojevic, Dusica Zegarac
In general it seems as most filmmakers get older they start to decline and Lucio Fulci had one of the biggest declines of any filmmaker. Earlier in his career Lucio Fulci made some serious and smart films like Don't Torture a Duckling and Seven Notes in Black and with those two movies Fulci proved he could make a film as good as if not better than any other horror filmmaker. But the problem was nobody was really seeing these movies; it wasn't until 1979 with Zombi 2 that Fulci became a power player in the horror genre. And while Zombi 2 is noted for its gore F/X with good reason the movie like his earlier work is filled with suspense and tension and that is what most people overlook about Lucio Fulci.
Once the 80s started Fulci was now a splatter director where his movies were often incoherent, but what they lacked in plot they made up for in gore F/X and thus the title of the Godfather of Gore was born. But to Fulci's credit even his splatter flicks had some decent suspense and often had a lack of pending doom. Granted his splatter flicks weren't as good as his earlier work, but finally Fulci was getting his due. But after the release of The New York Ripper, Fulci seemed to lose his edge. The decline started and it was a rather big drop off.
To be totally honest anything after The New York Ripper I don't really like with the exception of Zombi 3 simply for the so bad its good vibe it has going for it.Read more ›
Lucio Fulci (Zombie, The Beyond) brings us this obscure classic that serves as proof that all 80s teenagers were either the fornicating drug-using victims of serial killers (e.g., Friday the 13th, I Know What You Did Last Summer), heinous bullies who torture their awkward classmates (e.g., The Toxic Avenger), or the tortured awkward classmates that exact their horrible revenge on their tormentors (e.g., Sleepaway Camp, Carrie). When the spirit of a comatose teenage girl possesses the body of a young woman to enact bloody revenge against the snobby lingerie-clad coeds responsible for her life-threatening condition, we find that the teenagers herein apply to all three categories--which is often the case.
Our victim (Kathy) psychically possesses Eva Gordon (Lara Lamberti; Red Sonja, A Blade in the Dark), a newcomer to the sorority that houses Kathy's bitchy perpetrators. Fulci makes no effort to explain Kathy's psychic power to posses Eva or her link to Eva or how she even knew about Eva! She informs her new roommate Jenny (Ulli Reinthaler; Zombi 3) that her goal is to "get with" as many cute boys as possible. It seems that our spiritually under cover Kathy is trying to blend in by being promiscuous. She starts with her misogynistic aerobics instructor--because sorority sisters are known for their attendance at handsy male-instructed aerobics classes. Then the little harlot makes a pass at her doctor. Not sure why. After all, he is treating Kathy's comatose body. None of this makes any sense.
This flick comes with its share of random.Read more ›
This is set in a girl's school in Boston; the daughter of the housemaid is also a student. She's bullied for that reason. She's set up by the other students, and she's injured badly while running from her perpetrators. She goes in a coma, but she's able to infect the psyche of the students from her hospital bed. They start to die in mysterious ways. One has a heart attack in reality, but we see his reflection leave a mirror and choke him to death, followed by its eerie return and disappearance into the mirror. One suffocates herself with a pillow in her sleep in reality, but we see her smothered in snails. One has a giant sculpture fall onto her in a museum, but we see her killed by the sculpture come to life. One is pushed out of a window taken over by macabre visions, but we actually see her jump. Now, there's also another student that seems to be overtaken by the girl in a coma, but she appears only tangentially involved in the action until the end. Other than being a facilitator (like when she lures the museum victim to the museum), it's not perfectly clear what her involvement is in the story. I would need to watch the movie again to see how these pieces fit together, if in fact they do. I don't believe this student is a direct instrument of revenge, but she acts more like an assistant; it's open to interpretation.
There's been a lot of focus on this movie about things like "it's just not believable that she would lie there without moving when covered by snails" but that misses the point. The victims are entranced and paralyzed by fear; she's not really being suffocated by snails.Read more ›
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