A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it. Along with her psychiatrist, she seeks to find the truth ... See full summary »
In London, the Italian gym teacher Enrico 'Henry' Rosseni is having a love affair with his eighteen year-old student Elizabeth Seccles, who is the daughter of the owner of the Catholic ... See full summary »
In the backward village of Accendura, the boy Bruno Lo Casio goes missing and the police inspector and the local commissioner and the village Captain Modesti investigate the case. When his father receives the request of a ransom, the police arrest the local Giuseppe and realize that he is innocent. Then the boys Michele and Tonino are also murdered and the police suspect of the local witch Maciara, who practices black magic, might be the killer but they find she is also innocent. However the superstitious and ignorant locals brutally kill her. Meanwhile that village is crowded of journalist, including the experienced Andrea Martelli (Tomas Milian) from Rome. He befriends Patrizi, a daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur that is living in the village after a drug scandal. They meet the village priest Don Alberto Avallone, who has a group of boys that plays soccer at the church and is the son of the weird Dona Aurelia Avallone that raises her slow six year-old daughter. They believe the ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Because of the film's controversial storyline, which criticized the Catholic Church, the movie was blacklisted and received a limited theatrical run throughout Europe and was never released in theaters in the United States. In 2000, Anchor Bay secured the rights and released the film for the first time in the United States on DVD. See more »
At one point during the fight scene near the end, a crew member's shadow can briefly be seen on the ground. See more »
An amazing Fulci film! The absolute proof that this director is a horror genius.
I tend to get furious when hearing about Lucio Fulci's reputation as a
director. Too often he's categorized as a no-talented filmmaker, only out to
shock and disgust entire audiences with images of pure gore. True, his films
contain more explicit filth and sickness as your average mainstream American
production, but his films always are of wide range and the plots are
gruesomely morbid. Don't Torture a Duckling is yet another story! This film
is a pure gem of the Italian shock cinema! I easily dare to call this film a
masterpiece it's an old-fashioned giallo that includes all brilliant aspects
of genuine horror. The film shows the search for a inhuman serial murderer
in a small Italian mountain-town. The bodies of 3 young boys are found,
horribly mutilated. There are quite a lot of pseudo-madmen in the town but
every trail leads to nowhere. Among the suspects are a greedy bum and a
scary woman, obsessed by witchery and voodoo. Like a true mastermind, Fulci
knows to find the right creepy tone for his film. He portrays the small town
as a claustrophobic and inescapable setting of macabre happenings, supported
by a giddy soundtrack. Fulci also develops himself as a genius storyteller
here. The script always is one step ahead of you and the complex plot will
mislead you more than once. In other words, this is a unique giallo (horror
slash murder mystery). The gore isn't presented as grotesque and explicit as
in Lucio's later milestones (among them are the legendary Zombie 2, The
Beyond and the New York Ripper), although there still are a few nauseating
and hard-to-watch shock-sequences shown.
Don't torture a Duckling is the most compelling and effective achievement
Lucio Fulci ever brought forward and it easily ranks among the greatest
Italian horror movies ever made. Right next to the masterpieces made by
Mario Bava and Dario Argento. The film is fascinating from start to finish,
some plot aspects are alarmingly realistic and the tension is
adrenalin-rushing at all times! A must see for horror fans and an absolute
priority for Italian shock-lovers!
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