KILLER CROCODILE
1989, 90 min, Dir: Fabrizio De Angelis

Italy in the 1970s and ’80s was a paradise of ambitious cheapo knockoffs like KILLER CROCODILE, which fits squarely in the post-JAWS, giant-animal-run-amok rip-off subgenre yet is so much more. Written and directed by Lucio Fulci’s longtime producer Fabrizio De Angelis, the film tells the story of a crocodile grown to unnatural proportions (by way of toxic chemical dumping) that wreaks havoc on a river community. Shot back-to-back with its sequel, KILLER CROCODILE 2, the film stars Richard Anthony Crenna (son of RAMBO franchise icon Richard Crenna). The scenic authenticity of its Dominican Republic locations mixes deliriously with its rubbery croc gore to provide a one-of-a-kind cinematic feast.


THE NEW YORK RIPPER
LO SQUARTATORE DI NEW YORK
1982, Blue Underground, 85 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

Quack! Quack! Quack! A killer stalks the streets of the City That Never Sleeps, targeting young women at random. Leaving no clues other than that he “sounds like a duck,” it's up to a grizzled cop and a psychoanalyst to decode the quacking. Following up his zombie quadrilogy, director Lucio Fulci's ultra-violent grindhouse giallo/slasher hybrid slices up the Big Apple into bloody pieces. A true slab of sleaze cinema so vile that only showering immediately afterward will help you feel clean.


THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 82 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

Italian director Lucio Fulci already had a track record of surreal giallo thrillers before he cranked out the DAWN OF THE DEAD knock-off ZOMBIE, which put him on the map with fans of extreme genre cinema. Dubbed the king of Italian goremeisters after following up with CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE BEYOND, Fulci turned out this very atmospheric (and gory) ghost/zombie saga. Katherine MacColl and her husband and son move into an ancient house owned long ago by the insane medical experimenter Dr. Freudstein. Ghost sightings, mysterious disappearances and bloody killings begin, and the traumatized family wonders if perhaps the good doctor is still around.


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