A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin!

A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it?

Lucio Fulci’s film is very Lynchian and yet it was made when David Lynch had not even learnt the transcendental meditation. The couple of dream sequences are captivating and almost surreal. The beauty with which symbolism has been embedded in them is astonishing. They striked me because I had not seen anything as beautifully filmed in a 70s film before. Then comes the chase scene which is breathtaking. It’s a fairly long scene but it hooks the audience well to the screen for its entire duration.

This film uses mystery, symbolism and imagery in an intriguing fashion and keeps audience interested till very end with all its twists. No wonder I am inclined to check out other Fulci films. He seems to be maestro of mystery in Italian cinema of that decade. The film reminded me of True Romance of Tony Scott in some senses because surrealistic scenes give you a feeling of being in a trance. It’s as if you are high on drugs while watching the film. I could never fathom how some filmmakers can do this in films like True Romance, Schizopolis, Enter The Void and others. It’s truly exceptional that these films can make you feel as if you’re undergoing a transcendental experience.

The music, acting and make-up along with special effects were all remarkably well done for the age in which this film was made. All artists do their job so well in it that you wonder why this film didn’t reach a wider audience and get higher ratings and more accolades. I highly recommend this film to all mystery and thriller buffs.

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