Nuns and Guns – the early films of Lucio Fulci

We know him today for such gory excesses as Zombi 2 (1979) and City of the Living Dead (1981). However, Fulci was making films since the end of the 1950s, and covered many of the popular genres of the day. Most of his early works are comedies that were never released outside Italy, and are sadly unavailable on English language DVD. However, Severin USA in November did release his later comedy The Senator Likes Women (1972), part rude-comedy, part strong political satire, it is very enjoyable and a great looking DVD.

In between the comedies, Fulci directed a Spaghetti Western, Massacre Time (1966). Not boasting the most original plot, it does have some shocking brutality that teases of Fulcis’ later work, not to mention a solid pairing of Franco Nero and George Hilton. The Italian DVD is not great, but it is the best currently available.

Stay tuned next weekend for a Fulci Giallo double bill, with a look at Severin’s other recent release, The Psychic (1978) and the Blue Underground DVD of his grim Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972). I will also be presenting an all new and highly detailed biography of this notorious director.

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