The Conspiracy of Torture ★★★★

“I’m not to blame”. A chamber of horrors. Maybe not quite as expressive as Freda’s 50s version, but Fulci plays up the decadent elements and physical exhaustion and arrives at his own powerful place. His notions of period filmmaking are particularly interesting as is his very Italian manner of rendering existential and religious damage through punishing physical flagellation. On Fulci films, time might change but conservative forms of violence remains constant, this is almost a medieval Don’t Torture a Duckling. One of his first non-comedies and certainly a key film in his development.

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