Don’t Torture a Duckling (1971)

By 1972 the giallo genre was in full swing, with a swathe of films from the godfather’s of the genre like Lucio Fulci, whose quintessential work Don’t Torture a Duckling is being released on Blu-ray by Arrow Films. The film was originally seen as shocking for its depictions of the Catholic Church and realistic gore and violence, but is now seen as one of Fulci’s best, combining shocking violence with an unsettling sense of paranoia that exudes creepiness from every scene.

In a secluded village in southern Italy, a child goes missing, causing the villagers to descend into panic and recrimination. Reporters arrive to cover the story as a body’s found and another young boy disappears, increasing the community’s hysteria and suspicion and focussing blame on those they consider outsiders and superstitions. Reporter Andrea Martelli (Tomas Milian) teams up with scandalised celebrity Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet), who’s currently living on the outskirts of the village, to catch whoever’s behind these child kidnappings and murders. Coming up against locals and police, they come to seek advice from a young priest called Don Alberto Avallone and his mother…

Read the rest of my review at FrameRated.

Overall Rating: 5/5

One of the best from one of the best, Don’t Torture a Duckling is a twisting dark classic and the new Arrow release brings even more value.

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