DTAD is one of Lucio Fulci’s best films as he takes on the touchy topic of the serial killing of children in a remote Italian town. Needless to say, this movie is not for the faint of heart. I’m sure it caused quite a stir in 1972.
While Fulci is known for his use of graphic violence, he chose a lighter touch with DTAD. This is a wise decision because the subject matter is intense enough without filling in all the horrific details.
The acting in DTAD is solid in every scene, although it does slip into a few moments of Italian melodrama which is to be expected. His characters, for the most part, feel real and well thought out. Unlike some of his other films where the audience doesn’t sympathize with the characters, DTAD sucks you in from moment one and draws you into its powerful story.
As a final note, the ending scene of this film is pure brilliance. It has both shock value and artistic merit which is a hard thing to accomplish. It’s a slice of cinema I’m unlikely to forget for any time in the foreseeable future. While I can hardly call DTAD “entertaining” it is most certainly an unforgettable and well-made film.
RATING: Very Good.
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