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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.

The uncut, uncensored version of the film Cat in the Brain was released in North America for the first time on DVD on March 31, 2009 by Grindhouse Releasing on the Ryko/Warner Brothers label.

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review by . October 09, 2011
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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 …
review by . August 22, 2009
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   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' …
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