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    Nightmare Concert (Cat in the Brain) (1990)

    I just posted my review of Lucio Fulci's Nightmare Concert. Have any of you seen this? If so, what are your thoughts?

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    Re: Nightmare Concert (Cat in the Brain) (1990)

    I think it's a great film for Fulci fans, and easily his best horror film since the early '80s. Yes, it recycles gore footage from other films, but using those scenes as hallucinations - or references to his own films - fits the movie perfectly. I honestly don't get why so many Fulci fans come down on this film. It doesn't get much better than seeing him appear on screen as himself in a movie that both takes jabs at people who claim that horror films turn people violent as well as at the ridiculousness of his own films.

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    I basically agree with your assessment. It's pretty good fun, but it's a little too cheesy for its own good and definitely starts to drag as the film wears on. I like the concept but execution-wise it falls a little flat. I'd still take it over Fellini's 8 1/2, though (but not Woody Allen's Stardust Memories).
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    Re: Nightmare Concert (Cat in the Brain) (1990)

    I didn't find too much to like in it. The gore clips were fun, but the story didn't go much of anywhere as I recall, and the whole thing felt pretty sloppily made. That said, I've never been too big on Fulci (though I do quite like some of his earlier stuff), so I wasn't all that surprised I wasn't that keen on this, either. I think it's the only Grindhouse DVD I don't own.

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    Re: Nightmare Concert (Cat in the Brain) (1990)

    As someone who gets a big kick out of Fulci's cameos in his own films, CAT is a personal blast for that reason alone. Not his best (or my favorite of his) work, and it would be even more marginal if not for the gimmick-y premise, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

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    Re: Nightmare Concert (Cat in the Brain) (1990)

    I agree with Ian Z. I think it is really good and a movie that screams for a bluray release (very grainy = bad MPEG compression).

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    Re: Nightmare Concert (Cat in the Brain) (1990)

    An earlier thread :http://www.avmaniacs.com/forums/show...t+in+the+Brain

    I thought there was another thread I posted my opinion on it years back, but can't find it. I'll post more of my thoughts later, but basically I enjoyed despite having clips from other Fulci films. I really dug the ending though, it's sort of like Fulci's saying goodbye to his fans despite making a few more films after this.

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    Re: Nightmare Concert (Cat in the Brain) (1990)

    Thanks for responding guys. I think we're all in the same boat with this one, so to speak.

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