on 8 May 2007
I first became aware of the Italian director Lucio Fulci many years ago when I saw a poster for one of his films that was showing at my local cinema. The film was called `City Of The Living Dead' and, although I was too young at the time to see what was then an X Certificate movie, the film poster stuck in my mind.
I managed to pick up a copy of this film on video in the early 1990s along with the three other films that make up Fulci's notorious "Zombie Quartet" - `Zombie Flesh Eaters', `The Beyond' and `The House By The Cemetery'. Unfortunately, these video versions were all heavily cut and so were missing many of their extreme gore scenes. I was not impressed - seeing a Lucio Fulci movie with all the best gore scenes removed is a bit like watching a comedy with all the best jokes taken out or a musical with its best songs missing. I have since managed to obtain uncut versions of these landmark gothic horror films, along with many other Fulci movies.
Fulci was not just a horror movie director of course. Although he is probably best known for his horror films, he also directed comedies, gialli (Italian thrillers usually containing tons of sex and violence), crime-slime movies and spaghetti westerns. This impressive book by Stephen Thrower serves as a bible for any Lucio Fulci fan or any fan of Italian cinema. It gives a fascinating insight into Fulci's long and varied film career and gives in-depth synopses and critiques of all his most significant films (and quite a few insignificant ones). The book is illustrated with loads of fantastic colour and black and white photographs and there is also a complete Fulci filmography. This is an absolutely essential read and is easily one of the best books ever published about any movie director and it is very useful as a reference source for anyone wishing to discover the films of this genius of cinema and build up a collection of his work.
on 30 March 2004
Everything I ever wanted to know about my favourite Italian director. Every film he ever made is covered, every genre he tried and the films running times!! Lots of pictures and the author isn't biased either, if the film wasn't too hot he says!
A fascinating read!
on 31 July 2000
Lucio Fulci is not the world's greatest director. Hell, he isn't even the worlds greatest horror director - but he sometimes came close . However, he is an important one in the horror genre - and this is the best book that has been, or probably ever will be, written about him. This is, make no bones about it, a very, very good book, and I will freely admit that I admire the amount of research that Thrower has done. No film in Fulci's cannon is so obscure that Thrower cannot find something to write about it, from the lowliest knockabout comedy-cum- Bond rip-off, to the latter splatter fests that Fulci made in the last years of his life. The director's reputation in the horror genre rests on five masterworks that he directed in the late '70s and early '80s - Zombie Flesh Eaters, The Beyond, House by the Cemetery, City of The Living Dead and the still banned New York Ripper . Thrower's chapters on these films are terrific - well researched, deeply convincing as to their merits - even Ripper - and they do the job of convincing the reader to watch these films again. However, Thrower has fallen for Fulci to a dangerous degree. Early on, he insists that Fulci was no hack - alas, his body of work denies that statement . Fulci worked in every genre - comedy, thriller, sexy romantic - horror was but one area he filmed in. Granted, they were - are - great films, but Fulci had no underlying philosophy in his work akin to, say, George Romero. As a result, in later life he found himself painted into a corner, as his fans expected him to produce one more great Horror picture. Whether Fulci was happy with this is open to debate... However, hack is not a label to disdain, since at it's best it suggests a hard working professional - which is what Fulci so definitely was when on full power. There is so much to admire in this book - beautifully reproduced posters, breathtaking stills, and some wonderful prose . I am truly proud that this book sits on my shelf, and it does Fulci justice at last. This is a limited edition . Buy it or..
" You shall face the sea of Darkness and all that may be explored therein "
on 30 January 2005
I was lucky enough to purchase a limited edition hardback copy of this book, signed by the author Stephen Thrower. It's a great place for any new Fulci fans, or fans of Italian Horror cinema in general, to get started.