Having the wrong idea about Fulci, as do many, might be the ideal vantage from which to come at DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING, one of the greatest genre films of all time. You might be floored, I was. Hopping on the giallo-with-an-animal-in-the-title bandwagon for the second time, he delivers a hicksville variation, both social and emotional. Almost a frenzied admixture of Chabrol (especially LE BOUCHER) and Peckinpah.
One of Fulci's early-period misses. As it starts so well, but the middle drags with its many characters and too much repetition. The procedural element of the case also has too many red herrings and purposeless scenes. Despite the atmosphere building garnering diabolic unease, the pace picks up somewhat after the hour mark. The whipping scene would have been ghastlier, but the musical choice during it feels wrong.
I love Fulci but this wasn't his best. Strange (even for him), slow-paced, with the screenplay juggling way too many peripheral characters. However, it's all nearly saved by the scene where a man's face is scraped off as he falls down a cliffside.
A masterpiece, easily one of Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci's finest. Despite it's low budget and B-movie trappings, a masterfully-crafted work of gothic surrealism that takes the giallo genre to new heights with its novel camerawork, offbeat characters, tense atmosphere, and a great score by Riz Ortalani. One of the true masterpieces of Italian exploitation.
A charming giallo from Fulci but a little too linear and conventional for its own good, however loved Barbara Bouchet as the small town seductress. The memorable sequence where the townspeople avenge the boy's death by brutally beating the crap out of the crazed voodoo lady is tragic and heartbreaking, one of Fulci's finest moments
I hate titles that tell me what to do! If I want to answer the phone, look in the basement, go to the park, open the door, or torture a duckling then damn it, I'm gonna' it! YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME, MOVIE!
Lucio Fulci did better giallos than pure horror movies as they went too much over-the-top and brutal in my eyes. This is an excellent who-dunnit that have several perverse murder suspects that can have killed children in a small Italian village. Acting is also good and it has a good revelation and use of a Donald Duck mask. Could this be the director's masterpiece worthy of praise even in art circles? I think so.