A Cat in the Brain
|A Cat in the Brain|
Italian theatrical poster
|Directed by||Lucio Fulci|
|Produced by||Antonio Lucidi
|Screenplay by||Lucio Fulci
|Story by||Lucio Fulci
David L. Thompson
|Music by||Fabio Frizzi|
|Editing by||Vincenzo Tomassi|
|Studio||Exclusive Cine TV|
|Distributed by||Grindhouse Releasing|
|Release dates||8 August 1990|
|Running time||87 min.
93 min. (U.S.)
A Cat in the Brain (Italian: Un gatto nel cervello; also known as Nightmare Concert and I volti del terrore) is a 1990 Italian horror film written and directed by the "Italian godfather of gore"Lucio Fulci. A Cat in the Brain is one of Lucio Fulci's final films and is notable for self-reflexively summing up his career. The film is a meta-film in which the director appears playing himself, a tortured horror filmmaker who is driven by the violent visions that he experiences both behind the camera and off the set. Feeling like he's losing his grip on reality and disturbed by murderous fantasies, Fulci consults a psychotherapist. The "shrink" exploits the director's vulnerabilities to his own murderous ends. A Cat in the Brain has been called the horror film equivalent of Federico Fellini's 8½, using cynical, Grand Guignol humour. Juxtaposing gory horror clips from several of his own past horror films which he either directed and/or produced, Lucio Fulci shot a wrap-around segment featuring his own plot and used Vincenzo Tomassi's film editing (as well as his own voice over) to create the storyline – a personal insight into the effects of horror filmmaking on the psyche.
- Lucio Fulci as himself
- Brett Halsey as Human Monster (archive footage from Touch of Death)
- David L. Thompson as Professor Egon Schwarz
- Jeoffrey Kennedy as Officer Gabrielli
- Malisa Longo as Katya Schwarz
- Ria De Simon as Sopran (archive footage from Touch of Death)
- Sacha Darwin as Woman in the oven (archive footage from Touch of Death)
The film was composed almost entirely in post-production, assembled from clips from Lucio Fulci's past horror films. The wrap-around segments featuring Lucio Fulci were largely shot in and around Rome's famous Cinecittà Studios, home of master Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.
The film has two different endings, depending on what country it is being shown in.
Brett Halsey said in an interview that he didn't even know he was in the film until quite some time after the film was released. Fulci had used clips of Halsey from an earlier film Touch of Death without ever notifying Halsey. Halsey said it kind of spoiled his previously good relationship with Fulci, because he felt that Fulci should've paid him something for doing that, even if it was just a small token payment.
Partial list of films that were sourced:
The original film was first released in Italy on 8 August 1990, and was released in the USA and Japan on laserdisc in the late 1990s. The uncut, uncensored director's cut of the film was released in North America for the first time on DVD on 31 March 2009 by Grindhouse Releasing on the Ryko/Warner Brothers label. The release features new Grindhouse Releasing interviews with director Fulci and star, Brett Halsey, as well as numerous other extras and bonus materials. Liner notes have been contributed by the filmmaker's daughter, Antonella Fulci, as well as acclaimed horror novelist David J. Schow and American horror film director Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever). Grindhouse Releasing/Box Office Spectaculars continues to be the official licensed distributor of the film.
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