Review: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

A good “giallo” should make you sit on the tip of your chair (or coach in my case). A good twist and a “who-the-fuck-did-it?”. I did not see that surprise end coming. 

lizardDVD“LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN”
1971
Giallo
Italy

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel
Distributor: Shriek Show
Runtime: 103 mins.
DVD REGION 1

“Hallucinations actually means one believes what one sees”

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Carol (Bolkan) is having some kind of sexually loaded nightmares. One dream also includes her murdering her hippie neighbour (Anita Strindberg). The murder occur as in her dream. Carol is getting suspected. The investigation gets into various twists and turns. The whisteling inspector, a hippie collective, her father the politician, her unfaithful husband and his daughter. Who has the motive for murder in this intense and suspenseful thriller?

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A visually stunning giallo from a very playful Mr. Fulci. The cinematography is very nice. It floats on a deliberately use of the colour red. The dream sequences are beautifully done. Lots of details and use of symbols. And, though this is an early Fulci, there should be something for the gorehounds out there as well. Florinda Bolkan is excellent as the troubled leading lady. Did Anita Strindberg really use silicon in 1970? Looks like it! The psychedelic soundtrack is made by our man Morricone.

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This is a giallo that should be in everybodys top 10 giallos, or thereabout.

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Around the time of its release, animal protection agencies criticised the infamous “dissected-dog-sequence”. This was the first time they had to bring the special effects in to the courtroom. The guy who made it, Carlo Rimbaldi, later won academy awards for the special effects in “E.T.” and “Alien”.

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