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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    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.
    Yeah, that's easily the most annoying dub jobs in film history.

    Another film I really liked of his was Massacre Time. Took a little while for the film to get going, but I thought it was really enjoyable once it dd.

    Also, like Bava, Fulci is one of those directors whom you always think what could they have done with a big budget.

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    You guys raise good points. I do like THE BEYOND a lot, though not as a straight-forward film with a coherent narrative. It's more of an experience, and I do like that film, even though it's unrelentingly bleak.

    I have to check out FOTA, Ian. I haven't seen it, and I do love me some spaghetti westerns! I also agree with what you said about Fulci's films being more about moments than the actual films themselves.

    Paul and Todd, I totally have to check out CONQUEST. It looks like something I'd dig. Thanks for the heads up!

    Robert, I have to agree about CONTRABAND as well - I do like that one, and also wish Fulci would have done more "mob action" movies.

    Soooooo....looks like THE BEYOND seems to be most people's favorite! Can't argue with that!

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    Fulci, like Rollin, understood that for a horror film to "succeed," it needs to completely abandon coherent narration and embrace the irrational. But as bleak as The Beyond and CotLD are, they pale in comparison to the bleakness of New York Ripper, which, I believe, is Fulci's true masterpiece.

    Getting back to Euro-crimes for a sec, I would have loved to seen Fulci work with Henry Silva.

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    Don't Torture A Duckling, The Psychic and Lizard In A Womans Skin are up there with the best gialli ever made. Not as much love for Perversion story. The horror films leave me pretty cold.

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    So far outta the 5 Fulci films I have seen I have enjoyed them all. The first I saw was the old VHS release of Gates of hell. Then sometime in the mid 90s I got a VHS of ZOmbi. Then in the late 90s I got a bootleg of the uncut version of Cat in the Brain. Later on I got one of those Brentwood sets with House by the cementery. And then got the Grindhouse release of The Beyond. The Beyond is my favorite with House by the cememtery being my least favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert W View Post
    Fulci, like Rollin, understood that for a horror film to "succeed," it needs to completely abandon coherent narration and embrace the irrational.
    That's such a great understanding, because anything with a supernatural or unnatural element is totally irrational. Why not throw caution to the wind and make it totally visceral. No one ever talks about the story behind, say Shiver of the Vampires or the Beyond. They talk about the fucked up visuals and the impact they have.

    We don't need rational explanaition and back story. Just hit us with it and let us work out the details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt Cox View Post
    Then in the late 90s I got a bootleg of the uncut version of Cat in the Brain.
    The first time I saw this one, I don't know if it was just the wrong sort of expectations on my part or what, but I really didn't like it very much. Watched it again when Grindhouse put it out and completely changed my mind - I actually wound up really enjoying it. I think maybe I was expecting something more serious the first time I saw it and so when I didn't get that, it bugged me. It's a pretty great movie though.
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    I haven't watch Cat yet, but I have the Grindhouse disc. The mood just hasn't swept me. I need to go on a Fulci kick.

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    I haven't watch Cat yet, but I have the Grindhouse disc. The mood just hasn't swept me. I need to go on a Fulci kick.
    I highly recommend this disc, not only for the film itself, but the for the extras, which I think make this disc worth purchasing on its own.

    Getting back to narratives for a sec, Fulci described himself as a genre terrorist. But I think, in the case with his horror flicks, he was terrorizing more than just the genre, but the psyches of those viewing his films. Look at at the eyeball scene from Zombie, the the intestine vomiting/drill through the head scenes from CotLD, the .357 to the face scene in The Beyond, or, my personal favorite, the razor across the eyeball scene from New York Ripper. What is Fulci trying to do as a filmmaker here? Is he trying to forward a coherent narrative? Hardly! He's out to do one thing, shock you out of your cinematic complacency. This, maybe with the exception of Argento and Romero, he could do better than any other filmmaker I know of that wasn't using either snuff or porn to make their cinematic points.

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    THE BEYOND is the only horror film of his I really like entirely. I'm no fan of NEW YORK, not because of how 'extreme' it is but because outside of the murder sequences it can't hold my interest remotely. It feel like the film of a defeated and dispirited filmmaker, imo.

    I think DON'T TORTURE THE DUCKLING, LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN and FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE are his best films (although FOUR is a mite too slack in the middle). MASSACRE TIME is underrated.

    CONQUEST is enjoyably bad and cheesy, I think Zane will dig it.
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