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A Cat in the Brain (1990)

Un gatto nel cervello (original title)
A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (story), Giovanni Simonelli (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucio Fulci ... Dr. Lucio Fulci
Brett Halsey ... The Monster (archive footage)
Ria De Simone ... The Soprano (archive footage) (as Ria Desimon)
David L. Thompson ... Professor Egon Schwarz
Sacha Darwin Sacha Darwin ... Woman in Oven (archive footage)
Jeoffrey Kennedy Jeoffrey Kennedy ... Inspector Gabrielli
Robert Egon ... Second Monster / Himself (archive footage)
Malisa Longo ... Katya Schwarz (as Melissa Lang)
Shilett Angel Shilett Angel ... Filippo the Producer
Paola Cozzo ... Nurse Lilly (as Judy Morrow)
Adriana Russo Adriana Russo ... Nightmare Victim (archive footage) (as Layla Frank)
Jessica Moore ... Nightmare Victim (archive footage) (as Georgia Moore)
Paul Muller ... Nightmare Victim (archive footage)
Marco Di Stefano ... Nightmare Victim (archive footage)
Maurice Poli ... Nightmare Victim (archive footage)
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Storyline

Dr. Lucio Fulci is a director of splatterfilms. He stages a gestapo-orgy like it was any other movie scene. But he is influenced by these things more than he likes. He is hunted by bloody visions day by day. Is Fulci still normal? He asks a psychatrist. He doesn't know that the psychatrist has much bigger problems than Fulci himself. The psychatrist uses Fulci's visions for brutal murders in real life... Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence/gore, a strong scene of sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 August 1990 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cat in the Brain See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Executive Cine TV See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was refused a video classification in 1999 by the British Board of Film Classification, but was finally passed uncut with an '18' rating in mid-2003. See more »

Goofs

When one of the victims gets her throat slit with a piano wire, we see blood running from her mouth and onto her chin - however between shots, we don't see the woman spitting up the blood. See more »

Alternate Versions

German video version was cut down to 67 minutes but still got a "Not under 18" rating. See more »

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Referenced in Frankenstein 2000 (1991) See more »

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Fulci at his most lethargic
17 October 1999 | by Nestor-4See all my reviews

Fulci himself had a clever concept for a movie: have the director be the main character around whom the boundaries that separate reality & movies begin to crumble. This idea prefigured Wes Craven's New Nightmare by years, but sadly the growing health problems Fulci was suffering from are clearly evident in the resulting movie.

The movie is pieced together with footage from some of his previous works and the new material looks like it was shot in and around the area where Fulci lived, so he did not have to travel far.

It is sad to see such a legendary talent slowly eroded, but Cat in the Brain, along with the awful Voices from Beyond show the inexorable decline in Fulci's work.

Remember him for Zombi 2, Don't Torture A Duckling and The Beyond, rather than this sorry affair.


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