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Nightmare Concert (A Cat in the Brain) (1990)
"Un gatto nel cervello" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  8 August 1990 (Italy)
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A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucio Fulci ...
Dr. Lucio Fulci
David L. Thompson ...
Professor Egon Swharz
Malisa Longo ...
Katya Swharz
Shilett Angel ...
Filippo the Producer
Jeoffrey Kennedy ...
Inspector Gabriele Vanni
Paola Cozzo ...
Nurse Lilly
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Human Monster (archive footage)
Ria De Simone ...
The Soprano (archive footage)
Sacha Darwin ...
Woman in Oven (archive footage)
Robert Egon ...
Second Monster / Himself
Adriana Russo ...
Nighmare Victim (archive footage)
Jessica Moore ...
Nightmare Victim (archive footage) (as Georgia Moore)
Paul Muller ...
Nightmare Victim (archive footage)
Marco Di Stefano ...
Nightmare Victim (archive footage)
Maurice Poli ...
Nightmare Victim (archive footage)
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Dr. Lucio Fulci is a director of splatterfilms. He stages a gestapo-orgy like it was any other movie scene. But he is influenced by these things more than he likes. He is hunted by bloody visions day by day. Is Fulci still normal? He asks a psychatrist. He doesn't know that the psychatrist has much bigger problems than Fulci himself. The psychatrist uses Fulci's visions for brutal murders in real life... Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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Rated R for horror violence/gore, a strong scene of sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Fulci films his gory memoirs and punches censorship STRAIGHT IN THE FACE!!
13 November 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Well, this is new...Famous Italian horror director Lucio Fulci shoots a film about a famous Italian horror director called...Lucio Fulci. After years and years of witnessing gruesome horror sequences, it becomes hard for Lucio to separate reality from fiction and he often hallucinates about committing violent murders. He quickly descends further into a seemly endless spiral of madness and unverifiable venom. Even the dedicated psychiatrist can't seem to keep Fulci on the right track... Now, when it comes to pure fun and entertainment value, Cat in the Brain certainly is one of Fulci's most pleasant films. The gore is overpowering and copious, to say the least. The amount of filthy massacres is impossible to describe, especially when you manage to get your hands on the fully uncut version (referred to with the aka:"Nightmare Concert"). Decapitations all around, victims ' intestines are spread on all sides of the screen and the chainsaws are working overtime! The film also becomes unintentionally funny quite soon (since it's so exaggerated) and a perfect experience to watch with a group of friends when there's beer in the fridge. Of course, from a more professional viewpoint, this production can't exactly be called a masterpiece! There's not the least bit of tension or atmosphere to detect and the characters are completely empty-headed. In order to make more room for the gore, characters are just being introduced for 5 seconds and subsequently die a horrible death. Especially compared with Fulci's highlights - like "The Beyond" or "Don't Torture a Duckling" - this film looks like a quickly warmed up snack. The best way to interpret "Cat in the Brain" is like a personal statement made by Fulci and a direct attack towards censorship. Perhaps after seeing so many of his films – especially the latter ones – being cut by censorship committees and bashed by pseudo-artistic critics, he wanted to avenge himself by delivering a gory mess that simply can't be cut! If you take out all the explicit violence and the truly sick make-up effects, you only got about 10 minutes of footage left! Especially because the insane killings re-occur later in the film as Fulci hallucinates about them again. You can almost hear our director think stuff like: "Let's see how you're going to censor this now!" Even the entire development of the murder investigation happens in the background. Are the victims missed by any of their friends or relatives? Are there any police officers looking for clues that'll lead them to the killer? You don't know and Lucio doesn't bother to inform you about that, because that would lead to sequences that don't require cutting. Oh, and it's pretty damn pretentious as well! The name "Mr. Fulci" or even "Lucio" is mentioned every 3 minutes (34 times throughout the entire movie, to be exact) and our director clearly enjoys being in the spotlights for a change. Hey, I certainly don't blame him...After over 30 years of delivering amusing movies; he deserved to have a little extra fun. You're a God, Mr. Fulci!


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