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on 4 November 2014
weird but okay
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on 21 February 2016
very good. product as described and delivered quickly.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 May 2016
In this 1987 supernatural thriller, suitably strange college student Kathy lays dying in a hospital after being the victim of a practical joke that went wrong, while her mother skulks around the school in her capacity as a cleaner. When new girl Eva Gordon (Laura Naszinski) is given Kathy's old room she becomes acquainted with several of the pranksters but all is not as it seems as Kathy’ wandering spirit is out for revenge and has taken over Eva, yet you’re only about 10 minutes in.
This is a movie that offers plenty but delivers less than expected. From the opening credits you instantly get a bad feeling –but not in a good way. Cheesy 80s pop music, sloppy editing, unconvincing acting and a general made for Tv feel, [lose a *] but all is not lost. There are some good atmospheric overhead shots of the hospital and school, but unfortunately they are clearly of very well made models. On the positive side the comatose Kathy looks even more scary, there are a number of clever deaths, some tense scenes as individuals seem to lose their sanity and the big hair gives a good 80s feel.
The single disc offers play, scene access and special features [trailer, image gallery –just video covers, directors filmography, other attractions –14 other trailers]. An 18 rating, I don’t recall strong swearing, there is one scene of nudity but little direct gore, although there are scenes of stabbings and some deaths are bizarre -making this worth watching, but there is a lull about 2/3 the way through but this still remains a good **** but sadly not quite a *****.
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on 29 June 2015
More from the master of gore. Lucio fans buy it, Mary Whitehouse fans beware.
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on 27 May 2015
excellent
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on 14 November 2010
Love love love this film! Always have since first saw it on VHS back in 1994. Everything from the music to the hot doctor guy, it has it all! Its really not as bad as others have said, esp when you compare it to the bloody crap films we have to endure today! This is a good old fun horror film and its flaws are all part of its charm!
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on 23 April 2017
Not one of the great mans best efforts.Very eighties with a cast straight out of acorn antiques. I knew snails had an agenda. Not gory at all. The opening song certainly sets the tone. Awfully cheesy. Although I have been singing the chorus for most of the day. For fans only.
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on 30 April 2017
Fulci stays awful. This is a slow and mediocre mess. Like most of his dreadful output it seems to have no script or direction. Acting, fx, music... Ridiculous bordering on the annoying. 2K transfer of the blu-ray looks like a DVD, so not worth the upgrade. Two thumbs down.
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on 9 January 2016
still a bit cut but no more cut than the US euroshock release
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on 28 September 2011
One of Fulci's lesser efforts, Aenigma is a blatant steal from so many other films, it's hard to count them all. Set in a school, it involves a misunderstood loner called Kathy who is cruelly taunted by her classmates, but takes revenge by means of psychic powers. So far, so "Carrie". But here, the cruel prank puts the victim into a coma, and it's from here that she wreaks havoc, which echoes "Patrick". She somehow manages to possess another student, who goes through the school leaving a trail of destruction and death on Kathy's behalf. Sounds great for Fulci fans, but don't hold your breath.

The various revenge murders are all very unimpressive and often ridiculous, including a death by being scared of a museum and death by being confronted with a boyfriend's corpse! What's wrong with these people!? The film has no highlights of gore whatsoever, which is a major shortcoming in a Fulci film. Even it's set piece murder, a "death by snails" sequence will probably leave you laughing as the victim merely lies prone and allows herself to be overpowered by snails when all she needed to do was stand up and brush them off (how exactly do snails manage to overpower someone??). This, along with the film's title, makes me think that Fulci is actually trying to emulate Argento's far superior "Phenomeona".

The film is generally pretty confusing, as Kathy's power, and her hold over the possessed girl are never properly explained. The acting is awful, the lead character (the possessed student) wanders around looking totally bored, so you won't really care about any of the characters. The "humiliation" scene that starts all the trouble is dreary in the extreme. It's also ugly and dull to look at, even though Fulci tries to ape Argento yet again by bathing many shots in lurid coloured lighting, mostly a tiresome bright blue, but it just doesn't add up to anything coherent. Even Fulci completists could rest easy without ever watching this one. A real stinker.
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