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Director:
Writers:
Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
Lucio Fulci (story)
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Release Date:
20 March 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Biting, Gnawing Terror Claws at Your Brain! See more »
Plot:
A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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An acid trip by a much maligned director See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Florinda Bolkan ... Carol Hammond

Stanley Baker ... Inspector Corvin
Jean Sorel ... Frank Hammond
Silvia Monti ... Deborah
Alberto de Mendoza ... Sgt. Brandon
Penny Brown ... Jenny (hippie girl)
Mike Kennedy ... Hubert (hippie guy)
Ely Galleani ... Joan Hammond (as Edy Gall)
George Rigaud ... Dr. Kerr
Ezio Marano ... Lowell (scientific squad)
Franco Balducci ... McKenna
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Policeman
Erzsi Paál ... Mrs. Gordon (as Ersi Pond)
Gaetano Imbró ... Policeman

Leo Genn ... Edmond Brighton
Anita Strindberg ... Julia Durer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Adams ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jean Degrave ... St. Paul's Clinic Director (uncredited)
Basil Dignam ... The Commissioner (uncredited)
Ursel Eberz ... Policewoman Beth (uncredited)
Piero Nistri ... L'amante di mrs Gordon (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
Lucio Fulci  story
Roberto Gianviti  screenplay
Roberto Gianviti  story
Ottavio Jemma  uncredited
José Luis Martínez Mollá  screenplay
André Tranché  screenplay

Produced by
Edmondo Amati .... producer
Renato Jaboni .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller 
 
Film Editing by
Giorgio Serrallonga  (as Jorge Serralonga)
 
Art Direction by
Román Calatayud 
 
Set Decoration by
Roberto Granieri 
 
Costume Design by
Maurizio Chiari 
 
Makeup Department
Franco Di Girolamo .... head makeup artist
Gloria Fava .... assistant makeup artist
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Luis Méndez .... production manager
Agostino Pane .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giorgio Gentili .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nedo Azzini .... set designer
Claudio De Santis .... assistant set designer
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound re-recording mixer
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-synchronization supervisor
Massimo Iabone .... sound (as Massimo Jaboni)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eugenio Ascani .... special effects
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Annunziata .... first assistant camera
Enrico Bellacci .... chief electrician
Giovanni Bonivento .... second assistant camera (as Gianni Bonivento)
Santiago Gómez .... third assistant camera
Spartaco Pizzi .... key grip
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giorgio Desideri .... assistant costume designer (as Giorgio Desidero)
 
Editorial Department
Rita Antonelli .... assistant editor
Lea Piras .... assistant editor
Vincenzo Tomassi .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
 
Other crew
Enrique Bellot .... production secretary
Roberto Carpentieri .... production secretary
Roberto Giandalia .... script supervisor
Gianfranco Bellini .... voice dubbing: George Rigaud (uncredited)
Pino Colizzi .... voice dubbing: Jean Sorel (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Stanley Baker (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Florinda Bolkan (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Una lucertola con la pelle di donna" - Italy (original title)
"Lizard in a Woman's Skin" - UK (imdb display title), USA
"Schizoid" - Australia (reissue title), USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
France:101 min | Italy:98 min | Spain:89 min | USA:95 min | USA:103 min (DVD version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-18 | France:X (additional material) (extended version) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Norway:16 | Spain:18 | UK:18 (2010) | USA:R | USA:Unrated (DVD)

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Trivia:
The scene in which Carol encounters the disemboweled dogs in the clinic became quite controversial because of the startlingly realistic (and graphic) appearance of the fake prop dogs. Director Lucio Fulci was nearly sent to prison because it was believed that the dogs were real and Fulci had allowed animal cruelty on the film. However crew members were able to testify in court that the "dogs" were indeed fake and no animals had ever been harmed. Special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi even presented the dog props in court to convince the jury. This was the first time that an effects artist had to testify in court that their work was fake.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the opening train sequence, one of the extras looks at the camera for a few seconds.See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
An acid trip by a much maligned director, 5 January 2008
Author: chaosrampant from Greece

Even though Lucio Fulci's name is usually uttered in the same breath as those of Mario Bava and Dario Argento in "who's the best Italian horror director?" discussions, he's just as likely to be dismissed as an incompetent hack that couldn't direct traffic. "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin", like the rest of his gialli efforts from the 70's is solid proof of the opposite. Unlike other genre efforts that leave the viewer baffled with ludicrous plot twists and impossible endings, "Lizard...", convoluted as it may be, ranks among the most solid crime mysteries the Italian scene produced.

Of course that doesn't mean the final 20 minutes aren't bound to give you a headache as the plot unfolds its myriad twists and turns. Every character is a suspect. In turns Carrol, her husband, two hippies, Carrol's step daughter and her father. Yet all the loose ends are tied very neatly in the end. Beautifully staged gore, great cinematography and hot European babes shedding their clothes are other genre staples and "Lizard.." doesn't dissappoint, even though it's gore-lite. It certainly doesn't live up to Fulci's rep (a rep not entirely representative of his vast work, spanning many different genres from westerns to crime action and comedies), but I have no problem when the overall quality is so good. Coupled with a languid jazzy score by the maestro, Ennio Morricone, solid performances, intriguing set pieces and delirious dream sequences, Fulci here weaves a beautiful tappestry that will leave no fan of bizarre Italo-horror disappointed. And if anything, it just goes to prove that Fulci was a great director, even if his post New York Ripper catalogue may suggest the opposite.

Apart from the final 20 minutes, where the labyrinthine plot unfolds through remarkable detective work, the first sequence is great. It's Carrol's dream. She's pushing her way through a narrow (train?) corridor full of people, in slo mo, with an anguished look on her face. Suddenly the corridor is full of naked people (also known as hippies). Then she's falling into the void with darkness surrounding her. She lands on a lavish velvet bed, dressed in a grey fur, and makes out with the gorgeous Annita Strindberg. I haven't been thrown off so much by an opening scene since Martino's "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh" (another great sleazy psychedelic opening). The rest of the dream scenes, including the murder, are all dizzying and off-beat.

Overall, this is a must see for giallo fans, Fulci fans that want to discover his other side and all the nay sayers. If possible, try and find the uncut Italian version. It might be full-screen but you get 5 minutes of additional gore and nudity.

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