Lucio Fulci is a household name among horror fans thanks to a large body of work including classics of the genre such as The Beyond, New York Ripper, City Of The Living Dead and his biggest box office success Zombie. Fulci dabbled in several different genres including fantasy (Conquest) and comedy (Young Dracula) before finding his niche within the horror/thriller genre. Fulci received no love from the critics (the worth of his flicks often divides horror fans and is still debated to this day) and his work was often butchered by the censors. Lost in the shadows cast by Mario Bava and Dario Argento Fulci was relatively unknown in his home country but his films found great success with American audiences creating an army of die hard fans.
Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered Volume 1 is a collection of interviews with Fulci’s collaborators, peers and actors filmed and compiled by director Mike Baronas. Painstakingly put together Barona and Kit Garvin interviewed over thirty people who worked with Fulci over a three year period to create what is essentially a overdue eulogy to the godfather of gore.
Each interviewee is asked what their fondest memory of Lucio Fulci is in an attempt by Baronas to find out more about who Fulci was as a person. The disc is divided into three sections “accomplices”, “peers” and “victims”. Through these interviews we are given a insight into the life and times of the maestro and the impact he had on them. The interviews are tastefully done not dwelling on bullshit gossip that has plagued a lot of the Fulci bios. I personally found the “peers” section to be the most interesting which contained interviews with Fulci’s fellow Italian genre directors Ruggero Deodato, Umberto Lenzi, Brnuo Mattei, Michele Soavi, Enzo Castellari and Lamberto Bava. These directors praise Fulci as a innovative force within the genre who had a passionate love for making cinema despite receiving little or no critical recognition.
Clocking in at over three hours there’s a lot to digest and at times the documentary does become repetitive and monotonous. Although this was an interesting watch in parts it comes across as a overlong special features package. I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more insight into the films themselves but this wasn’t the directors intention. But my complaints aside there’s more than enough for rabid Fulci fans to sink their teeth into.
Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered Volume 1 is definitely one for the completists who I’m sure will enjoy the disc a lot more than the casual fan.
DIRECTOR(S): Mike Baronas / COUNTRY: USA / YEAR: 2008 /DISTRIBUTOR(S): Paura Productions | RUNNING TIME: 225 minutes