Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio (1988)

touchofdeath

Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio(1988)

Director:Lucio Fulci

Writers:Lucio Fulci (story), Lucio Fulci (screenplay)

Stars:Brett Halsey, Ria De Simone, Al Cliver,Zora Kerova

Lester Parson is a lonely gigolo who dates and kills off middle-aged women in ultra-gory fashion just for the pleasure of watching them die, as well as to take their money and jewelery as well as cook and eat their remains for his dinner.His antics seem to have secured him a relatively carefree life,until he finds out that there’s a copycat killer.His life will eventualy become a living hell…

I stand perplexed and pretty undecisive about this little,incredibly cheap looking, late Fulci affair.Of course it’s sort of refreshing witnessing Fulci getting back to the comedy without completely dismissing gore but on the other hand this film remains flawed and unable to decide what sort of film it actually wants to be.There is a lighthearted tone prevailing throughout the entire film duration but the ending is pretty dark without being utterly somber.

Let’s face it…Mid 80ies were extremely hard towards Fulci,his career went downhill,he ceased to do films with his trusted team(Saccheti,Salvati e.t.c) and the budgets he was given were extremely modest.However he managed to deliver the goods in a few occassions and this is one of them.”A touch of death” reaps the benefits of a semi-original storyline penned by Fulci himself and is blessed by a vivid lead performance,courtesy of Brett Halsey,whose portrayal of Lester Parson radiates gusto,doubt and despair depending on the particular moments of the plot themselves.

There is a common belief that this movie along with “A cat in the Brain” are letters from Fulci towards his friends and enemies.However the assumptions that these films are strictly autobiographical or self portraits seems to be a little bit far fetched to me.Sure Fulci was an embittered genre director suffering from a poor health at that point but I’m unable to tell whether  “A touch of Death” is a personal “j’accuse”  Fulci’s towards the critics that pigeonholed him and tore him to pieces and if that was the case,then the screenplay leaves a lot to be desired.The movie follows a relatively simple story line and even if Fulci played the card of doing this film based on his troubled existence he sort of fell short.

However,a Touch of death occasionally offers tacky gore,goofy comical moments and a relaxed pace that however doesn’t bore the viewer.Halsey is also adequate.On the downside,the cinematography is as cheap looking as in films such as “Demonia” or “Cat in the Brain”,but with the budget restrictions Fulci had to cope with,it’s still a miracle that he managed to even shoot and complete these aforementioned films.

An oddball in Fulci’s filmography .A “touch of death” doesn’t have the cult appeal and following of “a Cat in the brain” but it will satisfy the most die-hard fans of the late great Italian Maestro.

Κατάμαυρη κωμωδία τρόμου από το Λούτσιο Φούλτσι.Η ατμόσφαιρα και το πνεύμα που επικρατούν εδώ θυμίζουν αρκετά το “A cat in the Brain” ,με τη διαφορά οτι το δεύτερο φιλμ είναι απόλυτα εξωφρενικό και έχει αποκτήσει καλτ υπόσταση πράγμα το οποίο δε συμβαίνει με αυτό εδώ.

Από άποψη φωτογραφίας είναι μαύρο χάλι όπως οτιδήποτε σκηνοθέτησε ο Fulci από το “Aenigma” και μετά,αλλά ο σχετικά ικανοποιητικός ρυθμός,το άφθονο gore ,η σχετικά πρωτότυπη ιστορία και η παρουσία κάλτ ηθοποιών όπως :Brett Halsey,Al Cliver και της Zora Kerova, πιθανόν να αποτελέσουν πόλο έλξης για τους βαμμένους Ιταλόφιλους και για τους οπαδούς του σπουδαίου αυτού σκηνοθέτη.

Αντικειμενικά η ταινία αυτή δε συγκρίνεται με οτιδήποτε έκανε ο Fulci μέχρι το Murderock,αλλά είναι σίγουρα καλύτερη από αηδίες σαν το “demonia”.

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