This week’s Fulci film is his first true giallo, A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin. It is the story of the murder of a young involving main character, Carol Hammond, her husband Frank, and all surrounding parties involved. The story is revealed through a series of dreams, flashbacks, therapeutic sessions, police interviews, and acid trips. Approaching the plot in this manner leaves the viewer guessing until the very end.
The psychedelic dream sequences are well done, and the story is perfectly laid out. Regular fans of giallo will thoroughly enjoy the mystery and intrigue, fans of later Fulci horror will get a bit of the gore that they have grown so fond of, and fans of exploitation will have plenty to appreciate as well.
Overall the film is a great experience. Lines between dream and reality are blurred on a regular basis, leaving the viewer appropriately bewildered. Various gory nightmare sequences are mixed with erotic dreams to create an unsettling contrast. And the suspense and mystery holds itself to the ingenious conclusion. All in all this giallo comes highly recommended.