A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

aka Schizoid, Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna
Article 2592 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-10-2008
Posting Date: 9-17-2008
Directed by Lucio Fulci
Featuring Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel
Country: Spain/Italy/France

A woman reports a dream to her therapist about having murdered a neighbor woman. When the neighbor woman turns up dead a few days later, the evidence points to the woman who had the dream. Is she guilty? Or is she being framed? If so, then who…and how?

I wasn’t particularly impressed with Fulci’s NEW YORK RIPPER a few days ago, and commented that I didn’t think it had a particular sense of style. Not so with this one; this one is very strong on that level, and also manages to make the style enhance and complement the very interesting story itself. This is easily the most impressive Fulci movie I’ve seen yet, as well as being one of the most entertaining giallos I’ve seen as well. It has some fine dream sequences, an excellent Ennio Morricone score, a clever mystery element with a strong ending, a strong sense of suspense, an odd assortment of characters, and it even manages to throw in some Hitchcock references without letting them take over the movie. If IMDB’s ratings can be taken into account, this is one of Fulci’s best movies, and I’m inclined to agree at this point.


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