The Last House on the Beach (Le Settima Donna) (1978)
Director: Franco Prosperi
Main Stars: Florinda Bolkan, RayLovelock, Flavio Andreini, Sherry Buchanan, Stefano Cedrati, Laura Tanziani, Laura Trotter, Karina Verlier, Luisa Maneri
Storyline: A small group of armed men invade a beach house that is occupied with a group of ladies and takes them hostage.
Review (Spoils): A small group of men shot up a place and rob it. They escape and run off to an area where they just happen to find that is loaded with young women and ran by a nun. The men drink, have their way with the girls as they enjoy the location till the final end when the women have their revenge and escape.
Does this movie ring a bell? It should as it is another exploitation film along the lines of the classics The Last House on the Left and The Last House on the Edge of the Park. We have some not so great acting, some beautiful ladies, a group of men that never had a chance, some scenes that don’t who much but leave it for the imagination on what is actually happening, gunshot wounds, a nasty stick scene and some weird camera work on emotions.
Rating: Not as good as the films mentioned above but it still fits the same group with title and storyline. We have the beautiful Sherry Buchanan, Florinda Bolkan and Karina Verlier being tortured and the final scene is actually memorable as the girls lay down the beats! Not a classic like the others but it still fits the horror exploitation list.
A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (9171)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Main Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel
Storyline: A woman is being blamed for the murder of her neighbour after she dreamt it.
Review (Spoils): Carol Hammond (Florinda Bolkan) is one messed up woman she keeps having dreams of having sex with her female neighbour downstairs and taking some massive drugs and having orgies (actually this sounds like a cool thing). But the problem is when she started to have these messed up dreams people started to die. She is being framed or she possibly killing in her sleep in a freaky lesbian nympho way?
What’s more fun than a good horror film filled with murder? Well one that is a trippy drug infested orgy!!! Carol is so open about her dreams and erotic ones in her diary that she becomes a suspect to the murders. We have stabbings, wet dreams, hippies, bats, throat slashes and some serious drugs.
Basically it is a who did it murder film filled with classy sex and drugs. Florinda Bolkan does an amazing job and uses her facial expressions and the camera to show the trouble that she is thinking. She battles the conflict of what seems wrong and embarrassing for her and also yet enjoyment.
Rating: This is not one of Lucio Fulci gory films but instead it moves more like a Dario Argento film. This is not a bad thing as the film is more of murder mystery with a wicked shot of acid. This is not going to be a average horror fans cup of tea but if you love the 70s era of horror it just might be.
Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian
Storyline: A reporter and a young woman try to solve a series of child murders.
Review: A young journalist named Andrea (Tomas Milian) and a young beautiful woman named Patriza (Barbara Bouche) try to figure out who is killing off little boys. This leads to colourful characters which almost everyone has a hidden secret or a skeleton in their closet. The film moves more like a thriller instead of the typical gore fest that Lucio normally gives us. The film is strong on plot and mystery of who the actual child killer is. Personally I think the killer itself is interesting as they keep taunting the investigation which the strange quaking duck voice, which in my own view is scary and freaky. Yes the film can be unsettling due to the topic and some of the odd scenes can be graphic.
Rating: This is not your typical Lucio film and this film was so not what I was expecting. I personally believe this is one Lucio best outside the gore of his eyeball impaling fame. If you have not seen this film you should check it out as a movie fan period. Not you’re typical horror but defiantly a great murder mystery thriller, a memorable killer in this one.