Lizard is definitely one of Italian Horror director Lucio Fulci’s finest films. It’s a mature, competent and compelling crime thriller that can best be described as a Lesbian Acid Trip Horror Orgy. Now that I have your attention, here’s how I see it:
Fulci’s direction is wonderful. From the opening scene the viewer knows they’re in for a long, strange trip and this is exactly what they get. Fulci’s script is clever with lots if twists and turns. In the final 20 minutes of the film you are completely clueless as to who the real murderer is. It could be anybody and that’s the sign of a good movie.
Like Bava and Argento, Lulci utilizes some amazing and startling images that often hit the viewer like a ton of bricks. I know Italian Horror is not everyone’s taste but Lizard is a great place to start as an introduction to the genre. Low on blood and high on fantasy imagery, it’s the kind of stuff Rob Zombie went for in 2013’s The Lords of Salem. He was slammed by many critics but it’s because they fail to appreciate his inspiration. [If you have any appreciation for Italian Horror, Zombie’s film is a must see.]
The acting is solid through and through but the visuals are definitely what drive the story. I’ve said this before: Italian horror is not meant to be watched, it’s meant to be experienced. This is a fine place to start that experience.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.