All next week, we’ll be celebrating films that prove that the female is the more deadly of the species. We’re not looking to exploit beauty, but we will celebrate it where we find it. That said — next week’s five films share a few things in common. A female character who is either incredibly dangerous to know or who may be going through amazingly dangerous times. Or perhaps women, as viewed through the prism of early 70’s Eurohorror and giallo themes, who are fighting through the changes of the feminist and sexual revolution against existing mores. And at other times, they’re trying not to succumb to the wiles of vampires.
Next week’s films are:
Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) – Lucio Fulci’s exploration of madness, infidelity, murder and dream identity.
Vampyros Lesbos (1971) – Jess Franco’s space jazz odyssey packed with insane visuals and a story that one can tell in under two words: lesbian vampires.
They Call Her One Eye/Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973) – The film that Quentin Tarantino referred to as “the roughest revenge film ever.”
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972): The relationships between sister and sister, husband and wife and everyone and knives.
Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972): The film that nearly ruined Lucio Fulci’s career — a graphic depiction of the failures of the Catholic church to adapt to the changing climate of the powerful lure of the sexual revolution and the potent shift in power toward the female on teh cusp of the 21st century.