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A Cat in the Brain

3.4 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Cult horror director Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, Zombie) turns the camera on himself in this warped splatter twist on Fellini's "8 1/2." While working on his latest gore opus, Fulci is tormented by ghastly visions from his movies (including kitties gorging themselves on his brain!). He turns to a psychiatrist for help, but unfortunately the "good" doctor has other plans--namely to embark on a bloody killing spree with the hapless director left as the scapegoat. Banned in the U.K. and boasting one of the highest body counts in Euro horror history, this blood-soaked and darkly humorous look at one man's creative nightmare has been lovingly remastered to its original, full-length, delirious form.

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  • Actors: Shillett Angel, Paola Cozzo, Sacha Darwin, Ria De Simone, Marco Di Stefano
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M209
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Cat in the Brain" on IMDb

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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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This horror film, directed, co-scripted and starring the late Lucio Fulci, is about 85% recycled footage from other late-80's Fulci-directed or produced films, but is still interesting nonetheless. Fulci plays a bastardized version of himself, a horror film director named "Lucio Fulci", who becomes unhinged when he is unable to differentiate the gory violence in his films with real life. Fulci goes to a psychiatrist, Professor Egon Schwarz (David L. Thompson), to discuss his problem (The Professor's receptionist recognizes him and calls up a friend, telling her that she hopes he gives her a part in his next horror film!) and the Professor tells him that his mind is breaking down the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Fulci goes to the set (at the real Cinecitta Studios in Rome) of his newest flick, a Nazi horror film, and finds a documentary crew waiting to make a film on his life and movies. He loses it and attacks the documentary crew and nearly rapes the female interviewer while in some kind of trance (He apologizes to the woman and she says, "I really never had such a thrill in my life!"). Professor Schwarz watches all of Fulci's films (as research) and hypnotizes Fulci to "curb this tendency you have to pass over the boundaries between reality and fantasy". It turns out that the Professor is actually the madman, though. He conditions Fulci (with an electronic bell tone) to believe that he is responsible for a series of brutal murders that are happening in the area, when it is, in fact, the Professor committing them. We watch the psychopathic Professor cut off some poor woman's fingers with a switchblade and then cut her head off with an axe while making Fulci believe he is actually responsible.Read more ›
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Format: Blu-ray
Caught this at The Alamo movie house a week ago when they had their special screenings with a friend who is a huge Fulci fan. To me, his movies are hit and miss. The Beyond is probably my favorite of his. They said the presentation was the new hi-def scan. The movie was ok but the picture at times was blurry and not cleaned up well. It wasn't the projector or lighting, one of the Alamo guys said that the original source scan material was in bad shape. But, if you are a Fulci fan and love Cat in the Brain it's probably the best it ever looked and it is totally uncut. Lots of gore, T&A and a weird story behind it all. I'll still buy this Blu-ray package and give it another shot though.
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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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