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  Manhattan Baby
Year: 1982
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Christopher Connelly, Martha Taylor, Brigitta Boccoli, Giovanni Frezza
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: A family holiday in Egypt leads to disastrous consequences for archaeologist George Hacker (Connelly), his wife, Emily (Taylor) and their two children (terminal irritants, Boccoli and Frezza). After entering an ancient tomb, Hacker is struck blind, while his daughter accepts a rather dubious 'gift' - a cursed amulet - proffered by a blind woman.

Back in their New York home, the Hacker's encounter scorpions, snakes, stuffed killer birds, bedrooms carpeted with Egyptian sand, doorways to another dimension and an insufferable Carlo De Mejo who (thankfully) gets just a few minutes of screen time before moving on to a better place.

While this disjointed effort borrows liberally from other supernatural movies - Poltergeist, The Awakening and - notably - The Exorcist, there are more than enough familiar Fulci trademarks to appease even the most demanding fan: check out some nifty eyeball violence near the end.
Ignore a wooden cast and wayward screenplay, and drink in the wonderfully surreal atmosphere, set to a score mixing jazz with haunting refrains from Fulci's The Beyond.
Reviewer: Steve Langton

 

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Lucio Fulci  (1927 - 1996)

Italian director whose long career could best be described as patchy, but who was also capable of turning in striking work in the variety of genres he worked in, most notably horror. After working for several years as a screenwriter, he made his debut in 1959 with the comedy The Thieves. Various westerns, musicals and comedies followed, before Fulci courted controversy in his homeland with Beatrice Cenci, a searing attack on the Catholic church.

The 70s and early 80s were marked by slick, hard-hitting thrillers like A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Don't Torture a Duckling and The Smuggler, while Fulci scored his biggest international success in 1979 with the gruesome Zombie Flesh Eaters. Manhattan Baby, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond and The House by the Cemetery were atmospheric, bloody slices of Gothic horror, and The New York Ripper set a new standard in misogynistic violence. Fulci's last notable film was the truly unique A Cat in the Brain in 1990, a semi-autobiographical, relentlessly gory comedy in which he also starred. Died in 1996 from a diabetic fit after several years of ill-health.

 
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