One of the last films directed by the great man, Lucio Fulci’s A Cat in the Brain is a ridiculously gory film telling the story of a movie director known for his work in the horror genre called Lucio Fulci. Yes, Fulci plays a version of himself a good few years before Wes Craven did the same in New Nightmare.
Lucio is having some serious mental problems, he is beginning to have trouble telling what is real and what isn’t as his everyday life becomes entwined with all the violence featured in his movies. At his wits-end he visits a psychiatrist who agrees to help the hapless director. Unfortunately the good doctor is having serious relationship issues with his wife and on the quiet is a bit of a looney. Poor old Lucio is manipulated into being hypnotised, so the good doctor can carry out a mindless killing spree (mainly of prostitutes) and pin it all on the poor director.
A Cat in the Brain is a strange beast. It’s certainly not one of Fulci’s best by a long-shot but in some kind of weird twisted way it’s highly enjoyable for probably all the wrong reasons. It’s cheap, some of the effects at times are a bit shoddy, it’s full of footage from other Fulci movies no doubt to save money and be able to throw in more blood and the performances are generally pretty woeful.
Acting wise, Fulci is not bad playing a screen version of himself, but the acting honours go to a gentleman by the name of David L. Thompson. According to IMDb he has only made five films in his thespian career, thank god. He is simply appalling, over-acting (in a bad way), wooden (even when dubbed) and has a screen presence of a wet fart. However, his cackling whilst on the prowl is somehow quite wonderful for ALL for the WRONG reasons and I found myself roaring with laughter.
A Cat in the Brain is a movie you have to watch to give an opinion on it and remember this film was considered so violent it couldn’t be released in the UK for years. It’s horse shit worthy of a Grand National winner but it’s great (I use this term loosely) if almost 90 minutes of Italian cinematic madness floats your boat.
Nice documentary included on the blu-ray as well from High Rising Productions about latter day Fulci productions featuring plenty of clips with ‘talking heads’ including Kim Newman and Allan ‘Mr. Dark Side’ Bryce.
- Starring Lucio Fulci Brett Halsey David L. Thompson Ria De Simone
- Director Lucio Fulci
- Distributor 88 Films