Monday, February 28, 2011

MURDER ROCK (1984) - Lucio Fulci

The Academy may not have had much love for Black Swan or director Darren Aronofsky, but, judging from Murder Rock (aka Slashdance), I'm pretty certain Fulci would have been smitten. Competitive dancing to the point of homicidal hysteria...Fulci was already rockin' that beat back in '84.

Murder Rock finds the old gorehound back on his most comfortable turf -- the giallo. This time, it's a mash-up of Flashdance and Suspiria, complete with leg warmers, sweaty breakdance moves and a mystery killer plunging sharp hatpins into bared breasts. It may not be as fun as the quacking duck New York Ripper, but it gets the job done. I only have so much bad to say about a movie that begins with a slow pan of the Manhattan skyline then immediately cuts to kids in a dancehall doing "the worm."

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