September 29, 2010

THE BLACK CAT

THE BLACK CAT

Original Titles:
Il gatto nero / Black Cat (Gatto nero)

German Title.
The Black Cat - Die schwarze Katze


Italy, 1981
Director: Lucio Fulci

7/10




In the middle of his violent phase (between the 2 ultra-gorefests "City Of The Living Dead" and "The Beyond"), Fulci decided to do something different, namely 'The Black Cat', a loose interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe's short story of the same name. Not his best but probably his most underrated movie.
The script is quite lame and there are also some boring or uninteresting scenes, apart from that it's a really nice suspense-fest in the vein of 70s gialli and 60s/70s gothic horror, full of likeable actors and terrific atmosphere. The camera work is mostly brilliant (especially the cat's POV shots), the score is haunting, it's highly atmospheric, filled with beautiful-looking settings and pretty much all of the kills are enjoyable.
Recommended to Fulci-fans and Italo-horror-freaks.

2 comments:

  1. This one has never kept my interest, I come back to it occasionally but there are so many greater Fulci films to enjoy

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  2. you're right, there are better Fulci flicks. Nevertheless I really liked it.

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