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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.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (story), Giovanni Simonelli (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucio Fulci ... Dr. Lucio Fulci
Brett Halsey ... The Monster (archive footage)
Ria De Simone ... The Soprano (archive footage) (as Ria Desimon)
David L. Thompson ... Professor Egon Schwarz
Sacha Darwin Sacha Darwin ... Woman in Oven (archive footage)
Jeoffrey Kennedy Jeoffrey Kennedy ... Inspector Gabrielli
Robert Egon ... Second Monster / Himself (archive footage)
Malisa Longo ... Katya Schwarz (as Melissa Lang)
Shilett Angel Shilett Angel ... Filippo the Producer
Paola Cozzo ... Nurse Lilly (as Judy Morrow)
Adriana Russo Adriana Russo ... Nightmare Victim (archive footage) (as Layla Frank)
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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 August 1990 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cat in the Brain See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Executive Cine TV See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Many events in the film are based on Lucio Fulci's experiences as a filmmaker. See more »

Goofs

Obvious use of a cat puppet when it eats the brains; notably the eyes. See more »

Alternate Versions

German video version was cut down to 67 minutes but still got a "Not under 18" rating. See more »

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The gore works, the satire doesn´t!
7 January 2002 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

Lucio Fulci has the lead in this film where he plays a director of horror flicks who suffers from depression and neurosis as an effect of his own movies. Reality and fiction blur, everywhere he goes is blood and murder, Fulci becomes insane. Meanwhile his psychiatrist turns to a sadistic slasher...

Watch this film for the gore, because the satire is rather unsatisfactory! There are many violent scenes like brutal stabbings, chainsaw-murders and as an entrance-sequence a cat is eating a brain... combined with much nudity and even some trashy moments like the Nazi orgy. Fulci does a solid job with playing himself and the gore-F/X are pretty stunning, especially at the end of "Nightmare Concert" T there´s much red juice is running!

The main weakness of this film is his forced wittyness, however mostly the jokes don´t function! Maybe some insider-jokes were featured which I didn´t understand, but the self-irony about a director who becomes a mentally victim of his own works stays empty at all!!

6/10


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