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A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 20 March 1973 (USA)
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The potentially unhinged daughter of a British politician is accused of killing her hedonistic neighbor after she witnesses the murder in a dream.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (story), Roberto Gianviti (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Florinda Bolkan ... Carol Hammond
Jean Sorel ... Frank Hammond
Stanley Baker ... Inspector Corvin
Silvia Monti ... Deborah
Alberto de Mendoza ... Sergeant Brandon
Penny Brown ... Jenny
Mike Kennedy ... Hubert
Ely Galleani ... Joan Hammond (as Edy Gall)
George Rigaud ... Dr. Kerr
Ezio Marano Ezio Marano ... Lowell - Scientific Squad
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... McKenna
Erzsi Paál Erzsi Paál ... Mrs. Gordon (as Ersi Pond)
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Policeman
Gaetano Imbró Gaetano Imbró ... Policeman
Leo Genn ... Edmond Brighton
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Storyline

In London, Carol Hammond lives in a fancy building with her husband Frank Hammond and her stepdaughter Joan Hammond. Carol is the beloved daughter of the wealthy and prominent lawyer and politician Edmond Brighton and Frank is his partner in his office and has a love affair with Deborah. Carol's next door neighbor Julia Durer is a depraved woman that promotes parties with drugs and orgies. Carol has psychoanalyze sessions with Dr. Kerr and is intrigued with a nightmare where she stabs Julia to death three times with a couple watching the murder. When Julia is found dead in her apartment, the efficient Inspector Corvin and his partner Sgt. Brandon are assigned to investigate. All the evidences point out to Carol, but was a dream or reality? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Biting, Gnawing Terror Claws at Your Brain! See more »

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Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lizard in a Woman's Skin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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In the opening train sequence, one of the extras looks at the camera for a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

Hubert: What do you expect us to do with all that acid inside us, huh?
Jenny: We were filled with acid from our heads to our toes. And you know something? Under the effect of acid, I look at you here and all I see is a red blob. Or a galloping horse.
Inspector Corvin: You don't remember anything at all about that night?
Hubert: Yeah, I remember. Yes, I remember, seeing that night, a lizard - in a woman's skin.
Inspector Corvin: Shit!
Hubert: No, beautiful. Just beautiful.
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Alternate Versions

There are at least four different edits of this film, each using different takes adding or removing scenes. The US version removed some of the nudity and the 'swan' scene. The French version had more nudity and the orgy scene was longer. See more »

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Among Fulci's best
18 May 2005 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Carol Hammond is having bizarre recurring dreams which she is going to a psychiatrist to find the meaning of. In her subsequent later dreams she finds herself killing her promiscuous nubile neighbor.when the aforementioned neighbor is then found murdered in real life with Carol's penknife found at the scene she becomes a prime suspect. Shriek Show dropped the ball with this one somewhat. With the shorter American "Schizord" version getting a better transfer, while the original Italian version is relegated to the second disc. It doesn't look as good and is in full-screen. It's great to own this at all, but I was somewhat disheartened. That being said, this is one of Fulci's best, if somewhat dated, Giallos It keeps you guessing, and is never boring.

My Grade: B

Anchor Bay 2-DVD set Extras: Disc 1) USA "Schizoid" version; Radio spots; US Trailer; Trailers for "Zombi 2", "City of the Living Dead", "Touch of Death", "House of Clocks", "Sweet House of Horrors", "Demonia", and "Death Trance" Disc 2) 98 minute Italian version, 33 minute "Shedding the Skin" documentary, and Photo Gallery 1 Easter Egg: go to the 'Scene access', Go to chapter 4, then press right, in the lower-left of the screen you'll see a highlighted bat.Press play for 2 deleted scenes.

Eye Candy: Florida Bolken, Anita Strindberg; various extras show boobs and butts


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