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  • Aug 22, 2009

Of all the Fulci films ever made, perhaps his opus Cat In The Brain has received the most mixed reviews. Needless to say, it's not his greatest masterpiece but certainly not a waste of your precious time either. Fans of the late Fulci will not be able to sleep until they've witnessed the bloody atrocities nor until they have this DVD within their grasp. After all, it's a Grindhouse release & anyone who knows anything about Grindhouse will tell you they dont' do anything half ass. Cannibal Holocaust, anyone?

Perhaps Fulci is best remembered for his blood-soaked horror epics in the eighties & his widely acclaimed zombie flicks so we simply cannot envision anything such as Cat.  Even so, the maestro doesn't disappoint us but rather takes a completely different approach to the horror genre which could very well be his most ambitious work ever if you can imagine that. If nothing else, let this film serve as a good final film from our beloved director & call it a day. Hell, the extras alone on this baby are worth the cost you will invest in this special edition & the first 2,500 copies are limited edition copies that include a lenticular cover which hardcore enthusiasts will no doubt shell out their hard earned cash for.

Cat is a fairly fun flick for what it is. It's darkly humorous, ultra-gory, & really does make it's audience think about the horror film-making industry as a whole. While Fulci could've milked the whole concept of paranoia regarding video nasties in the late eighties or nineties a bit more, he tosses that card in pursuit of a more bizarre comedy with a twist of nostalgia & plenty of the red stuff. Lucio actually plays himself in this partciluar film as a horror film director (who would've thunk?) that seems to be either burnt out in the process of his craft or a tad bit disillusioned if you will. Have these films caused him to lose touch with reality & could he capable of murdering people in real life?

Unable to cope with the violent images in his head which stem from making one too many gruesome flicks, Fulci decides to visit a psychoanalyst in hopes of a cure. Throughout the course of his visits, the viewer immediately suspects something may not be so kosher about the doctor & soon things begin to spiral out of control. Unbeknownst to Fulci, the psychiatrist is a psychopath who wishes to use Fulci's mental breakdown to his advantage with the grand intention of framing our director for these crimes. Heh. 

While Fulci was accused of simply using a great deal of footage from the archives of his older works, Cat InThe Brain is not just a copy & paste job by any means & the scenes are actually well-integrated into the overall story.   Yes, Fulci addicts will recognize some montages from some of the lesser known vehicles as well as Bianchi's Massacre (which I can't seem to find anywhere online as of right now).  Having said that, this could naturally deter some potential viewers although most Americans are not well versed when it comes to international horror flicks & will more than likely overlook this.

Most of us will either love or hate Cat In The Brain but I'm riding the fence for right now. I can definitely appreciate the artistry as always with anything Lucio makes but this wasn't my all-time favorite film even though it's doubtful that I'll ever get rid of it. Cat In The Brain will perhaps grow on me over a period of time & I'm hoping the film gets better with repeated viewings although I've only watched it twice since my purchase on 03/31/2009. Somehow, I believe this one would've really been a lot better had I never seen a Fulci film & had nothing to cross reference. Sadly, I was a bit spolied with films like The New York Ripper & of course the classic Zombie so I'm not overly impressed. Nevertheless, it's certainly not a waste of time.    

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December 04, 2011
I thought it was pretty good. I'm currently trying to get a cheap copy off of Ebay...
August 23, 2009
great review and I agree with your rating. I for one, thought this was good with flaws. Have you seen "Don't Torture a Duckling"?
August 25, 2009
Thanks Woo!!! Yeah, I'm glad you brought that one up as Duckling is one of the most underrated giallos I've ever seen. It's one of my favorite Fulci films right up there with New York Ripper & of course Zombie. I've never seen Lizard In A Woman's Skin or The Psychic however & I've heard some pretty impressive things about both. Seen either one of those?
September 05, 2009
Haven't seen "Lizard.." might have to check that out.
September 05, 2009
I've heard some great stuff from other ammie critics regarding "Lizard" so let me know if you get to it before I do. I might buy a copy of that one my damn self.
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*** out of ****     Lucio Fulci; now there's a name you may know. He's often cited as a master of horror; an outstanding genre director who preferred making gore flicks to anything else, but occasionally, he would make something different. If I had to name three of his most famous features, I'd definitely list "Zombie", "City of the Living Dead", and "The Beyond". Everything else I pretty much disliked due to the fact that Fulci is really only somewhat good when he's putting …
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Cat in the Brain (aka Un Gatto nel cervello, Nightmare Concert, I volti del terrore) is a 1990 horror-slasher film written and directed by notorious Italian horror filmmaker, the late Lucio Fulci.

Cat in the Brain has been compared to the horror film equivalent of Federico Fellini's classic self-reflective "film about making films", 8 1/2, using cynical, grand guignol humour. Juxtaposing gory horror clips from several of his own past horror films which he either directed and/or produced, Lucio Fulci cleverly shot a wrap-around segment featuring his own plot and used Vincenzo Tomassi's film editing (as well as his own voice over) to create the fresh storyline - a witty and darkly humorous personal insight into the effects of horror filmmaking on the psyche.

Cat in the Brain is a tongue-in-cheek horror "meta" film, examining a filmmakers own self-reflexive filmmaking as well as the larger social and psychological effects of movie violence. According to one reviewer, "You have chainsaws, severed limbs hacked off by different types of weapons, hammer smashed faces (I think that is a Cannibal Corpse tune), decapitations, melting heads in microwaves, lots of female battery, nazis, strangulation, and more." In other words, a typical Italian "giallo" horror film with all its exploitative elements sprinkled in like Parmesan cheese on top of a bloody spaghetti of found footage.

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