A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna)1971
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna) (1971)
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Critic Reviews for A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna)
The second of [Lucio Fulci's] gialli, and perhaps the most exemplary among the four.
An absolutely astringent vision of a reptilian world, where even reveries function not as escape but as blueprints for murder
Audience Reviews for A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna)
It doesn't take a genius to see that the stupid twist in the end doesn't make any sense after all that came before, and this trashy, nonsensical giallo is even more excruciating with its inept direction, ugly zooms, hideous trembling camera, cheesy music and terrible acting from everyone.
A troubled rich woman Carol Hammond played by Florinda Bolkan is suffering from a series of bizarre sexual dreams where she indulges in lesbian activities with her neighbor Julia Durer(Anita Strindberg).Unfortunately one morning after another perverse sex dream culminating in a gory knifing of Julia,Carol is shocked to find that Julia was murdered in her apartment the stormy night before. When all evidence points to Carol being the culprit she must not only investigate the crime but determine what is dream and what is reality. "Lizard in a Woman's Skin" is perhaps the most bizarre and puzzling Fulci's giallo.The cinematography by Luigi Kuvellier is splendid with some gorgeous visuals and the dream scenes are appropriately psychedelic. The eviscerated dogs sequence still shocks unprepared viewers drawn into the murder mystery aspect of the film. 2 1/2 Stars 7-23-13
Despite the sex and nudity early on and a couple of moments of bloody violence, this is one of the more classier efforts from Lucio Fulci, a far cry from his sleaze and splatter filled films from the 80s. It's a well plotted and stylish 'whodunnit' murder mystery all set in 70s London. As the list of suspects build towards the end things got a little confusing, but it's reasonably well acted and gripping enough. Shame Fulci doesn't get enough credit for his earlier films.
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