Thursday, June 10, 2010

Don't Torture A Duckling (1972)

Don't Torture A Duckling

Written by Gianfranco Clerici, Lucio Fulci, & Roberto Gianviti
Directed by Lucio Fulci

Florinda Bolkan .... Maciara
Barbara Bouchet .... Patrizia
Tomas Milian .... Andrea Martelli
Irene Papas .... Dona Aurelia Avallone
Marc Porel .... Don Alberto Avallone

A rash of child killings in a rural Italian town has the locals in an understandable uproar, and they're demanding justice one way or another. There are no real clues to speak of and so everyone is working on pure conjecture, letting superstition and suspicion get the best of them. First everyone is sure that it's the village simpleton. Then they're sure that it's the crazy old witch that lives in the woods. Or perhaps it's the recovering drug-addict heiress from Milan. Seems just as likely as anyone else.

Hell, we're right there with them, pointing fingers and placing the blame with nothing to go on but instinct. And why not? That's half the fun of giallos. The other half is actually finding out who did it, and in this case the answer turns out to be the oh-so-obvious suspect that you never even thought of until it was too late.

Don't Torture A Duckling starts off a bit shaky but once it finds its feet, it turns out to be a hell of a fun pic. Never mind the fact that the title makes little-to-no sense or that the finale features the most obvious use of a dummy that I have probably ever seen. Concentrate on the bizarre characters, the beautiful exotic women and a truly violent beating that has to be seen to be believed. Absolutely brutal!

A good choice for Fulci fans, giallo lovers, and Italian horror fiends in general.

102 minutes
Italian (English dubbed)


1 comment:

  1. I'm a huge fan of this one and think it's definitely one of Fulci's best for sure. It's gorgeously lensed and so Italian that marinara drips from the screen. This is the film that makes me wish he had done more westerns to be honest. Plus I love Tomas of the great Italian actors and he alone sells me on any film.


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