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Don't Torture a Duckling

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SEVERAL YOUNG BOYS ARE MURDERED IN A REMOTE VILLAGE RIFE WITH SEX & SUPERSTITION, & THE TOWNSPEOPLE GO MAD WIH RAGE & VIOLENCE. BUT WHEN A HARD-NOSED REPORTER & PROMISCUOUS YOUNG WOMAN SEARCH FOR THE TRUE KILLER, THEY DISCOVER A FIEND - & MOTIVE - EVEN MORE SHOCKING THAN THE CRIMES THEMSELVES.

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"One Of Lucio Fulci's Best Films And A Superb Giallo!" -- Dario Argento

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  • Lucio Fulci Bio

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  • Actors: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas, Marc Porel
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Writers: Lucio Fulci, Gianfranco Clerici, Roberto Gianviti
  • Producers: Renato Jaboni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRNG54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don't Torture a Duckling" on IMDb

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By Daniel Kepley on January 9, 2004
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DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is a rare bird in Lucio Fulci's very gilded cage of horror. Made a good seven years before his gorefests, starting with the excellent ZOMBIE, that defined his reputation here in America and the rest of the world, DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is just as intense and brutal, if a bit less gruesome, than the typical Fulci fan is used to. Yet still in all, the story alone (co-written by Fulci) is as much a testament to Fulci's uncompromising and gutsy approach to horror and suspense as any gore scene in his later films (two scenes ended up starting off two later Fulci films). Hell, even the great Dario Argento says that this is one of Fulci's best films (it says so on the cover), and after my first viewing of DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING on New Year's Eve, I can see why; I also saw a lot of George Romeroesque social commentary in this film.
Child murders and disappearances are very galvanizing experiences for any society, especially in a town like in this movie. Everybody is desperate for answers as to who would do such a horrible thing. There have even been a few cases where some townspeople resort to vigilante behavior towards a suspect to satisfy their need for justice. Fulci handles this story in a surprisingly tasteful matter, with only two instances of violence against children; the fact that little boys are being murdered is shocking enough!
There are no likeable characters in the village, which makes the story more immediate and brutal. Even the little boys that are the targets of murder are portrayed as nasty (e.g., spying on naked people, killing animals with slingshots). The recent scandal with Michael Jackson gives more importance to the story arc involving Patrizia, whom one of the boys sees naked.
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Lucio Fulci's Don't Torture A Duckling is a superb little giallo. It features a haunting score, beautiful cinematography, a gripping storyline about the murder of young boys. As the body count increases so do the number of leads and red herrings. A superb little film with a great sense of atmosphere. There is a powerful scene, one of such brutality but it remains integral to the plot. Overall I'd give this film 5/5, the films transfer onto DVD is quite brilliant with hardly any problems, there were only a few hairs and scratches visible for a very short period of time. The transfer looks beautiful, you can hardly believe the film is so old. The sound was fine on the disc, the film has a great music score. The film has no extras but who cares, when a film is this good I don't give a damn about extras. Check this film out if you like good murder mysteries or are a fan of Italian giallo films. This film doesn't rely on the heavy gore techniques that Fulci would use later in his career. Instead the film concentrates on it's characters and the atmosphere. Highly Recommended.
I'd also recommend Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin.
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No figure in the horror film genre is as divisive as Lucio Fulci. After watching one or two of his films, viewers tend to move into one of two camps. One side hails Fulci as a master of terror, a man who upped the gore quotient in his films while creating wonderfully atmospheric pictures. For these people, Fulci is right up there with the likes of Dario Argento as one of the best filmmakers ever to emerge from Italy. The other camp sneers at these claims, pointing to the plodding pace of his films, the use of extreme gore to camouflage plot holes, and the director's inability to draw good performances out of his cast as evidence of mediocrity. Initially, I enjoyed Fulci's films, specifically "Zombie," "City of the Living Dead," and "The New York Ripper" because I did not know any better. When I came on the scene, you went to Fulci to feed your craving for gore. What a difference a few years exploring the genre makes! While I will not go so far as to remove Lucio from my play list altogether, I have seen enough of his films to realize he is not a cinematic genius. He is at best a competent director, at worst an abysmal one, and there are plenty of examples of bad filmmaking in this director's filmography. "Zombie" is without a doubt his best film, but "The House By The Cemetery" runs a close second along with "The Beyond" and "The Gates of Hell."

This giallo, however, is magnificent, as good as many of Dario Argento's efforts. "Don't Torture a Duckling," set in a small village out in the Italian sticks, follows the activities of journalist Andrea Martelli (Tomas Milian) as he attempts to ascertain the identity of a killer preying on children. The first part of the film shows us one of the crimes and introduces us to three of the potential suspects.
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This 1972 giallo by Fulci may disappoint fans of his later gore films (although there is a bit of grue in this one as well), but it's a must for fans of euro-horror and giallos. This widescreen 2.35:1 presentation on DVD from Anchor Bay is a triumphant visual experience. Fulci shows that he can use the camera's eye as a canvas...filling each side of the image with a character or action....if you've only seen this film in a pan and scan bootleg, you're missing half the picture! It's a joy to see it in the correct aspect ratio -- it's stunning especially since it's 2.35. The film itself is fun as a standard giallo, albeit a bit more grim than usual, and includes some nudity (Bouchet), gore, and another great wide-eyed performance from Florinda Bolkan. Young boys are being murdered in a small village...who can the killer be? And what the heck does Donald Duck have to do with it all? Watch it and find out! The DVD is a very basic package from AB --- the only extra is the Fulci bio-info that is on some of the other Fulci discs. So the movie is the key here -- and although there is some graininess here and there --- you shouldn't be disappointed. Who would have ever thought someone would be releasing such titles on DVD? Accolades to Anchor Bay!
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