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Un Gatto nel Cervello

A Cat in the Brain
Nightmare Concert

Italy 1990
produced by
Antonio Lucidi (as Anthony Clear), Luigi Nannerini for Executive Cine TV
directed by Lucio Fulci
starring Lucio Fulci, David L. Thompson, Jeoffrey Kennedy, Malisa Longo, Shillett Angel, Paolo Cozzo (as Judy Morrow), Vincenzo Luzzi
written by John Fitzsimmons, Lucio Fulci, Giovanni Simonelli, Antonio Tentori, music by Fabio Frizzi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Director Lucio Fulci (himself) has been making gory horror films for years, but now that all proves to be a little too much for him, because no matter what he does, he sees gore scenes before his very eyes, so much so that he thinks he's going crazy. And since he doesn't want to go crazy, he visits a neighbouring psychiatrist, Doctor Schwarz (David L.Thompson) and asks for help.

Problem is, Doctor Schwarz is planning to kill his wife (Malisa Longo), and to evade suspicion he kills a few other women as well to make the whole thing look like the work of a serialkiller. And now he thinks he has found the ideal scapegoat in Fulci, whom he puts under hypnosis to let him see even more gorescenes and make him doubt his own sanity while also suggesting that he, Fulci, is responsible for all the killings.

It almost works, too, and before long Fulci is convinced he has really killed all those women and wants to give himself up to his friend, police officer Gabrieli (Jeoffrey Kennedy) - but Gabrieli simply refuses to believe that Lucio Fulci is really a serialkiller and lets him go - but he has Fulci shadowed and utlimately finds out the whole terrible truth about the treacherous and murderous psychiatrist that way. In the end, Doc Schwarz is killed in a shootout with the police (that weirdly enough isn't even shown) while Fulci gets the doctor's nurse (Paola Cozzo), takes her yachting on a vessel called Perversion - and saws her to pieces with a chainsaw ... but wait a minute, this was just the ending of Fulci's last movie.

 

The basic storyline of this film - the story of the director who is so overworked he can no longer tell fact from fiction (the fiction of his own films that is) and the psychiatrist who uses hypnosis to make the man his tool - is not at all without interest, a bit overused perhaps, but interesting still. However, this is pretty much where the good news ends: The script based on the storyline is somewhat muddled and gives the killer away way too soon, and the actual film is little more than a compilation of gore scenes from recent horror films, both by Lucio Fulci himself (Ghosts of Sodom, Touch of Death/When Alice Broke the Mirror) and by other directors like Leandro Lucchetti (Bloody Psycho), Enzo Milioni (Escape from Death), Andrea Bianchi (Massacre), Mario Bianchi (The Murder Secret/Broken Mirror) and Giovanni Simonelli (Hansel e Gretel) - and clips from these films show up with such a persistance that they after a while do little more than to distract from the plot and become both self-sufficient and pointless, and it's not made any better when some of the highlights of these clips are repeated several times.

So what could have been a self-reflective magnum opus of an ageing gore director has become nothing more than an example of cheap recycling cinema that is without any real interest. Pity.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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