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    Fulci

    So, I'm just watching ZOMBIE again for the first time in a few years. The movie is entertaining, but laughable at the same time. I enjoy Fulci's movies, but I'm not liking it as much as the first time I saw it. I suspect the law of diminishing returns will apply to his movies for me.

    Next up: THE BEYOND and CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD!

    What's the consensus on Fulci? How do YOU like his movies?
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    A few of them I love and most of them I am indifferent toward. The ones I don't tire of are HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, THE BEYOND and CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. I also have a lot of respect for DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING and LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN. Recently had an epiphany that not only do I not particularly care for ZOMBIE or NEW YORK RIPPER, I never did. His later stuff I find unwatchable. I cannot fathom the love some have for PERVERSION STORY and particularly BEATRICE CENZI.

    I think that pretty much sums it up for me.
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    More hits than misses for me though some of the later stuff is dire. Four of the Apocalypse would be right up you spaghetti western loving alley if you haven't seen it already, Zane. I find a lot of times with Fulci that there are great moments in his films, even when the films themselves aren't great if that makes any sense. I'd say The Beyond is the best thing he ever made, and my favorite of his moves. I think it's a much better film than Zombie.
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    The Beyond is his best in my useless opinion. I love his zombie trilogy the most of all, but I've only seen maybe a dozen of his movies. My 16 year old neice has expressed an interest in cult movies and I will be intriducing her to Fulci this summer actually. I sent her a copy of The Brood (her request), so she's on the right track. Cool girl. She'll make some lucky nerd a good catch.

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    Ones I dig that don't get mentioned a lot are Conquest and Touch of Death. Sure, Touch isn't really "good," but I think it's funny...on purpose!
    But, yeah, The Beyond is his best. So rad.

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    Conquest is cool. I love 70s and 80s sword & sandals epics.

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    I love Fulci flicks. My favorite horror film of all-time is The Beyond, and I agree with Ian in regards to him having more hits than misses although his later work is definitely more in the misses category.

    My favorites are...

    The Beyond
    City of the Living Dead
    House by the Cemetery
    Zombi 2
    Lizard in a Woman's Skin
    Don't Torture the Duckling
    Beatrice Cenci
    The Psychic
    Conquest
    New York Ripper
    Cat in the Brain

    I hated
    Zombi 3
    Door into Silence
    Manhattan Baby

    There's still way more I need to see....

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    The Beyond is a beautiful film, but I think House By The Cemetery is equally stunning in terms of visuals.

    Another film of Fulci's that I've really come love is Contraband. Too bad he didn't make more films in this genre because this film kicks a lot of ass.

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    I think a lot of misses can be chalked up to Fulci's failing health and a dying industry. But I think saying that may imply that I'm an apologist for the man's schlock but I think it's being realistic to say that you're watching films by a man who desperately needed the work.

    That said: I grew up on his films an still watch almost all the time. The horror films (Zombie and The Beyond in particular) are amazingly well done despite the pit falls of the industry and the inevitable plot holes and things lost in translation. But hey, Argento flicks have just as many plot holes as Fulci's and I don't read nearly enough messages pointing that out.

    Fulci's best films:

    Don't Torture a Duckling
    Lizard in a Woman's Skin
    The Psychic
    Beatrice Cenci
    Four of the Apocalypse
    Zombie
    City of the Living Dead
    The Beyond
    House by the Cemetery.

    Mediocre/guilty pleasures:

    Murder Rock
    Conquest
    New York Ripper
    House of Clocks
    Touch of Death
    Cat in the Brain
    Voices from Beyond
    Demonia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert W View Post
    Another film of Fulci's that I've really come love is Contraband. Too bad he didn't make more films in this genre because this film kicks a lot of ass.
    Very true. He proved with that one crime film he had a real knack for that genre. It's a real shame never dabbled in it again.

    I'm with you in regards to the visuals in HBTC, it looks fantastic - Bob really pulls me out of it though.
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