Italian horror director Lucio Fulci has impressed me with his artistic view of zombies, especially in films like Zombi 2 (1979) and City of the Living Dead (1980). Conspiracy of Torture is a film of a different nature altogether. It feels like a really graphic documentary about an Italian noble family from the 16th century that endures sadistic torture at the hands of an abusive father. Think National Geographic meets Eli Roth.
This film is quite restrained compared to other Fulci films I’ve watched. The torture scenes aren’t excessively bloody but they are squirm-worthy a time or two. Overall it’s well constructed and the acting is fine. The biggest problem I have with Conspiracy is there is no time for character development early in the film. It starts with a torture scene and the audience never has time to sympathize with the victim. It’s the same critique I have of many modern “torture porn” films where everyone is simply grist for the mill.
Surprisingly, this film received a 6.4 rating on IMDB. I just can’t get that excited about it.
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