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A Cat in the Brain


"A Cat in the Brain" 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 to create the storyline – a personal insight into the effects of horror filmmaking on the psyche.

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Although many critics dismiss Fulci's films as thoughtless, commercial spectacles, the metatextual A Cat in the Brain (1990) provides a different perspective, delivering signature gore alongside a self-reflective story about a film director named ...

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