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Monday, September 2, 2013

Sodoma's Ghost (1988)

Boobs, blood and Nazi ghosts!  I kid you not!  This pretty much sums up Lucio Fulci’s Sodoma’s Ghost.  Part over the top orgy, part dark haunting, this film is Italy’s answer to the “Dead Teenager Movie.”  How does it stack up against similar films of the 1980’s?  Not very well.  There are a few holes in the script in terms of the time frame of what’s happening on screen.  For example, the kids eat breakfast in a deserted house.  Then they jump into the van.  A few minutes later, they’re saying “It’s getting late.”  Really?  It’s just morning!

The acting is fine, especially the main Nazi ghost who has a creepy presence on screen.  Furthermore, Fulci’s direction is O.K. but nothing special.  Sodoma’s Ghost simply lacks the artistic spark of some of Fulci’s other films such as Zombi 2.  It desperately needs less porn and more scare factor.  Sodoma has potential.  It just doesn’t reach far enough.

As a final note, what’s with the girl that freaks out hysterically several times in the film?  One of the guys then proceeds to slap her across the face in order to settle her down.  Does that ever happen in real life?  It’s too melodramatic for my tastes.

You can skip this one, even if you like Fulci’s work.


For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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