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A Cat in the Brain (1990)

Un gatto nel cervello (original title)
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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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)
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Nightmare Victim (archive footage)
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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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8 August 1990 (Italy)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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This film was refused a video classification in 1999 by the British Board of Film Classification, but was finally passed uncut with an '18' rating in mid-2003. See more »

Goofs

When one of the victims gets her throat slit with a piano wire, we see blood running from her mouth and onto her chin - however between shots, we don't see the woman spitting up the blood. See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Recycling `a la Fulci
9 August 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

In many interviews, Fulci showed himself very enthusiastic about "Nightmare Concert". I really don't know why. Certainly, the idea of a horror movie director haunted by the nightmares he has created was still interesting and novel at that time, but I really cannot figure out what kind of movie Fulci wanted to make: A comedy or a serious horror movie/thriller? Are the self-irony and self-criticism real or pretended?

Anyway, the movie is a rather uninteresting affair. Half of it features Fulci wandering from gore scene to gore scene. Fulci had to play the leading part because the actor intended for that role didn't show up on the set. Fulci tries his best to make a disgusted face, but overall he seems to be rather unaffected by what is going on. On the contrary, David L. Thompson as the psychiatrist is shamelessly overacting. The other half consists of recycled footage from other movies like "The ghosts of sodom" or "When Alice broke the mirror" (notably the chainsaw dismembering and feeding to the pigs scene) and from movies Fulci hasn't even directed, like "The massacre". This means in particular that most special effects are cheap, crude, and unconvincing. Moreover, Fulci has problems in patching everything together: The Mercedes model he drives in "Nightmare concert" is different from the one Halsey drove in "When Alice ...", so that the scenes do not fit exactly.

When he says "what am I doing" while watching a Nazi orgy he has filmed, this refers probably to the extremely low budget efforts which Fulci has delivered in his last period of activity.

Well, the movie has only few interesting scenes. The opening when Fulci recites a "poem" about women hacked to pieces and so on followed by the shots of the "cat in the brain" is indeed the testimony of a man gone mad through his own creations. The "steak tartare" scene is quite funny. The ending is ironic: Fulci goes on to make horror movies despite his terrible nightmares. Beware, this ending has been altered by the producers, so that the wrong ending might appear in some versions.

After all, I still had enough fun watching the movie, largely because Fulci played the lead, so that I voted it 6/10 for this, the idea, and some of the more interesting scenes.


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