Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)
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Critic Reviews for Don't Torture a Duckling
[Duckling] doesn't hit the surreal heights of later films such as City of the Living Dead or The Beyond, but it's one of the best entries in the director's early filmography.
Cruel, beautiful and all the colours in between, Don't Torture a Duckling is a compelling and beguiling work from a greatly underrated filmmaker.
The signature Fulci bit is also a devastating culmination of the film's autopsy of corrupt patriarchy
Audience Reviews for Don't Torture a Duckling
Good ol nasty Fulci aims his camera against superstition, be black magic or the catholic faith. The female cast adds a nice touch of (very sexual at times) tension. My only complaint is that Milian doesn't get much to do, aside from sporting an outrageous porn-star moustache.
When fans of the giallo genre talk about their favorites, Lucio Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling is mysteriously left out of the conversations. Not because it's a bad film, but because it tends to stick out as more than just a mere giallo. It's actually quite a thought-provoking film with a lot of style and substance to it. There are moments of light silliness that don't hold up very well, but overall, the film is probably the best that Fulci ever made - and he made some really great classic genre films. For a change, I found the conclusion to be satisfying. Usually the ending reveal doesn't match up to the rest of the film, but this one is pretty unique and quite interesting. I'd recommend this film to those interested in seeing something different for a change. Don't Torture a Duckling is definitely different and leaves you pondering.
An impressive murder/mystery movie from Lucio Fulci set in a Southern Italian village where a series of child murders have taken place. It's well plotted with enough twists to keep you guessing till the end having gone through a number of plausible suspects along the way. The film also features a couple of scenes of bloody violence which Fulci would later become renowned for, including a brutal chain-whipping scene which would later be replicated in 1980s The Beyond. Well worth seeking out for lovers of Giallo's and Fulci himself as it was his personal favourite of his movies.
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