A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin ★★★★

I've been working on digging further into Fulci's filmography. I'd only seen the Gates of Hell trilogy and Zombie before this year. Instead of starting with some expected choices like Don't Torture a Duckling or The New York Ripper, I started with The Psychic. And I loved it! So I decided to check out a couple that looked similar to The Psychic and watched A Lizard in a Woman's Skin and Perversion Story (aka One on Top of the Other) back to back. What a perfect double feature!

Made within a couple years of each other, they're both erotic thrillers/giallos featuring engaging storylines with central mysteries that draw you in. Halfway through each movie, I was sure I knew where they were headed and then was surprised by each resolution. The camera work and music in each is fantastic and the dubs are surprisingly good. I'd give the slight edge to A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. It's a bit more stylized and I felt Perversion Story's final act could've been tightened up a bit. However, I thought both were very strong and can see myself revisiting them soon.

Kind of a side note but I would especially recommend these to fellow De Palma fans. I feel like this pair must have had an influence on his thrillers.

I watched these on the Mondo Macabro blu-rays. Both transfers look good but A Lizard in a Woman's Skin looked especially great.

And, yes, I am 100% going to copy this into my diary entry for both films.

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