The quality of a mid-period Fulci film can often be equated to the creep out factor in its atmosphere/set pieces since it lacks traditional narrative. However, this film is quite coherent in its telling, which is both good and bad: as it's still quite fucking scary for the usual reasons, and features some of his best set pieces, but its lulls and depthlessness is more apparent since it lacks Fulci's nightmare logic.
Solid chiller from Lucio Fulci the first in his 'gates of hell' series. The most striking aspect of the film though is its memorable score by Fabio Frizzi that sells the strange events taking place quite well. For Italian horror film fans and gorehounds this is well worth a watch.
I find it maddening when people claim that Fulci films "make no sense." No, they're not plotted in the traditional sense but the man is much like Lovecraft in his fascination with the suspension of natural order by beings beyond our imagining. Death is a fascination to Fulci and Hell is a place he wants us to visit every time we see one of his films.
De las pocas películas que he visto de Lucio Fulci, es la que menos me ha gustado por lo reiterativo de las situaciones y la "solución" del conflicto. Sin embargo, contiene secuencias asquerosas y potentes que la hacen merecedora de un vistazo: Mary resucitando en el ataúd, la cabeza taladrada de Bob, la chica que llora sangre y vomita sus órganos y la tormenta de lombrices.
Un grande film horror,come nella migliore tradizione di Fulci. Sconnesso a livello narrativo in stile Lovecraft,con una fotografia sempre nebbiosa che mette angoscia e con scene che colpiscono alla stra-grande:la ragazza che vomita gli organi interni,gli occhi sanguinanti,le picconate alla tomba,i cervelli strappati e la trapanata del ragazzo.Giustamente omaggiato dal grande Quentin nel suo favoloso Kill Bill.3*
A case in which the typical flaws of a horror film (bad acting, nonsensical and unfocused plot, repetitive gore) work in service of its actual purpose. This is a pure nightmare put on film; that of a man fascinated with what death means to the human body; particularly the physical destruction. Can't wait to check out more Fulci.
The story: run of the mill. The English dub: awful. But Fabio Frizzi's score is one of my favorite horror film scores from this period. The mist-filled scenery also helps create an eerie atmosphere of genuine horror. Combined with lots of unnecessary gore this works surprisingly well.