A Lizard In A Woman's Skin details
|Starring:||Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel, Penny Brown, a, Alberto De Mendoza, Florinda Bolkan, Anita Strindberg, Silvia Monti, Leo Genn, Georges Rigaud|
|Genres:||Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Horror, World Cinema|
A Lizard In A Woman's Skin
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Jun 2010|
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One of the greatest Giallos.By Szamanka (5 reviews) from London , 20 Jul 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Lizard in a Woman's Skin is one of the archetypal benchposts of Italian horror. Viewing it in this region 2 edition is a revelation aswell, providing a much brighter and more lush print than the American DVD release.
Lucio Fulci, director of Zombie Flesh Eaters, shows us that he can hold back on the slo-mo gut ripping, and deliver a cool, complex, even Joseph Losey-esque thriller that has definite mainstream appeal.
Shriek at the Carlo Rambaldi 'Split Dogs' sequence. Ponder the Francis Bacon paintings that adorn the set design. Scoff at the remarkably stylish fashions. Mull over the interesting choices of London locations that pepper the film, and dance around your living room to the groovy Ennio Morricone score.
Don't expect Dario Argento levels of violence or horror, but if you come to this film with the cinema of Losey, early Schlesinger in mind, then you may find it becomes a firm fave.
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A persecuting thrillerBy a customer , 05 Apr 2012Having stumbled across a review of this in one of the film magazines I was curious. I had never heard of the film or indeed the director. An odd choice for Stanley Baker though. Maybe his bank balance needed a boost.
On the whole this is a neat thriller if a little dated and the scene with the dogs will still shock some people,
nice soundtrack shame about the movie!By Sloofman (4 reviews) , 13 May 2011This is such a shame, I'd been looking forward to watching this for god knows how long as it had been highly recommended to me by a Fulci enthusiast. I'd hugely enjoyed Zombie Flesh Eaters and The Beyond and thought this one would be a dead cert. How wrong could I be?
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin does of course pre-date those two movies by a good 9 or 10 years. This is perhaps where I went wrong.
A Lizard is what is known in the business as a Giallo movie. If you want to watch a Giallo movie, I suggest the Women who Knew to Much by Mario Bava and not this turkey.
Straight from the outset you know where you are with one. Groovy music and naked bodies writhe about in a 'crazy' dream sequence on a train and when we finally stop freaking out the tight flared jeans and funky hair do's kick in.
Naturally any film eventually dates because of the fashion etc, but certain films from the early to mid seventies seem to document the era in the worst way possible. That's fine in a Carry on Film or a crime caper, but when it comes to horror it can really make it difficult for the viewer to A) get into it and B) find it scary.I would almost go as far to say that this film probably seemed pretty dated at the time, never mind 40 years later.
Anyway, back to the movie. There are several problems I had with this film.
1) The constant unnecessary whistling by the inspector,
2)The unbearably slow overall pace (even slower than a Zombie from Flesh Eaters),
3)The 60's atmosphere and 'out there' hippies (It feels like your watching Austin Powers at times)
4) The diabolical leading lady, an actress who only seems capable of walking round with her mouth open.
For all it's bad points though it has one redeeming feature: The Soundtrack! Written by Ennio Morricone, the music moves from funky lounge (not dissimilar from Bullitt) to incredibly spooky droning (similar to the end credits on French Connection) which is unfortunately not matched by the spookiness of the film.
I really wanted to love a Lizard but sadly it's a stinker, AVOID!
Don't botherBy a customer from London , 10 Apr 2011This is utter tosh, so bad that it isn't even good. Try something else!
A Lizard in a Woman's SkinBy MADDERMICK (27 reviews) from PRESTON , 09 Mar 2011I found this to be strange film and did not expect Stanley Baker to be in such a weird film .
As for the film i thought it was ok
may contain breasts......By jesuskenevil (246 reviews) from Bruton , 24 Jan 2011Essentially a queasy mix of thriller and psychedelic 'horror' with added tits! Interesting period piece with some ace locations and fashion styles.....but doesn't do anything promised by the drooling reviews.
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