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A still from A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

1971 | FranceItalySpainUnited Kingdom | 104 min
aka:
  • Schizoid
  • Lizard in a Woman's Skin
  • Una lucertola con la pelle di donna
  • Watched on Fri Oct 23, 2020 via Blu-ray (2016 | Mondo Macabro)
    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Fulci’s most formal effort at the time. A stylistic thriller revolving around a politician’s daughter who dreams of murdering her hedonistic neighbor, only to awaken and find herself the center of an actual police investigation.

    Building on his prior thrillers, Fulci melds One on Top of the Other’s panache with The Conspiracy of Torture’s Grindhouse exploitation. The result proves flashier than either of those films, but a cheat ending and a failure to exploit the London atmosphere render it the average—rather than the sum—of its parts. Stanley Baker’s commanding performance as the lead inspector almost makes up the difference.

    The Mondo Macabro Blu-ray takes special features to a new level. The supplemental documentary includes its own commentary track detailing the making of the making-of featurette.

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