A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin ★★★★★

A quaint English murder mystery, wrapped up in dreams, psychedelia and psychoanalysis! A Lizard in a Woman's Skin is as obtuse as it is fascinating. We focus on Carol, the daughter of a wealthy lawyer who finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation when her neighbour (a lady of loose morals) is found dead; the murder apparently committed in the same way as in one of Carol's dreams. The whole thing is underpinned by a fabulously sexy murder scene - probably the most strikingly beautiful in any Giallo ever made. The narrative maurades between dream and reality, director Lucio Fulci never let's the film settle and everything is open to interpretation. The compelling plot takes in numerous red herrings and explanations, which is kept going all the way to the end. The violence is grisly and realistic; a scene involving gutted dogs is a particular highlight. The way the murder and final revelation is constructed is really brilliant, essentially the antithesis to the basic idea in many of Argento's Giallo. I think it's a film that you really have to be in the mood for, but give it your time and you will he rewarded.

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