Sight and Sound - 09/01/2010
"The genre thesaurus is well thumbed: there are spiral staircases, organs resounding through cavernous halls and even bats in the belfry, but also more outre moments that anticipate Fulci's later career."
Lucio Fulci's LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN earned the director a measure of infamy because of a very believable scene involving disemboweled dogs. So believable, in fact, that Fulci had to prove before a judge (with special effects man Carlo Rambaldi) that their dogs were, in fact, fake. A giallo that ranks among the director's best films, the movie stars Silvia Monti as Deborah, a woman who has disturbing dreams about murdering her neighbor. After she relates them to her therapist, her neighbor is actually murdered, exactly the same way she was in Deborah's dreams, leading to a police investigation and some strange revelations.
Stylish and inventive, LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN is surely one of the best giallos ever made. Featuring some unbelievable chase sequences, outrageous plot twists, and hallucinatory camera work, the film is a riveting and bizarre mystery that keeps the audience guessing as well as entertained.