Don’t Torture A Duckling 1974 ***

Director Lucio Fulci’s favourite from amongst his own films, Don’t Torture a Duckling’s bizarre title gives an accurate sense of the baroque mystery contained within. A series of child murders in Sicily leave investigators stumped, but who is responsible? It could be the Journalist (Thomas Milan), the sexed-up seductress (Barbara Bouchet), or the village sorceress (Florida Balkan), or a long list of other suspects, but the resolution is a controversial one that explains the film’s unavailability for many years. Striking moments of non-supernatural horror are mixed with lush photography of the countryside, and great work from a cast that’s a dream team for fans of Euro-cinema. If you can handle the occasional gore, this is a great whodunit to keep genre fans on their toes.



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