->''Fulci's attention to gruesome detail is so excessive it's ridiculous, approaching blood porn.''
-->-- '''[=VideoHound=]'s Cult Flicks & Trash Pics'''

Lucio Fulci (17 June 1927 13 March 1996) was an Italian screenwriter and director, best known for splattery [[{{Giallo}} gialli]] and [[SplatterHorror horror]] films (though he also made {{western}}s and comedies). His films seldom pass up an excuse for gore, and the effects are consistently over-the-top sometimes horrifyingly convincing, sometimes [[SpecialEffectFailure amusingly fake]], but always extreme. His films are driven by theme and visual style rather than coherent plot; they tend to be [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism deeply pessimistic]], and propelled toward nihilistic {{Downer Ending}}s.


[[folder: His best-known films (all from the period 1971-1984) are: ]]

* ''Lizard in a Woman's Skin'', a psychedelic PoliceProcedural.
* ''Film/DontTortureADuckling'', an extremely pessimistic ''giallo'' touching on themes of small-town xenophobia as the townspeople suspect all of the "outsiders" for a rash of child-murders. Fulci himself considered it his best film.
* ''Seven Notes in Black'' (called ''The Psychic'' in its English dub), a ''giallo'' about a clairvoyant woman who turns detective after receiving visions relating to a murder apparently committed in her house.
* ''Four of the Apocalypse'', a dark SpaghettiWestern based on stories by Bret Harte.
* ''Film/{{Zombi 2}}'' (known as ''Zombie Flesh Eaters'' in the UK and ''Zombie'' in the US), where a Caribbean island is infested with zombies. The title ''Zombi 2'' is a case of DolledUpInstallment: ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' was titled ''Zombi'' in Italy.
* ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'', zombie flick with religious elements which was followed by two loose "sequels" (Read below)
* ''Film/TheBeyond'' (a.k.a. ''Seven Doors of Death''), a sad, thoughtful horror film based on the works of Creator/HPLovecraft and Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith. Features [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies extra zombies]] thanks to ExecutiveMeddling.
* ''Film/TheHouseByTheCemetery'', a MindScrew HauntedHouse film. Features a character named [[MeaningfulName Freudstein]] and [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian goes from there]].
* ''Film/TheNewYorkRipper'', a SerialKiller film widely decried as misogynistic and has a serial killer that sounds like ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck''.
* ''Film/{{Conquest}}'', Fulci's surreal contribution to the [[HeroicFantasy Sword and Sorcery]] craze of the 80's.
* ''The New Gladiators'', a sci-fi action film set in a dystopian future heavily inspired by ''Film/TheRunningMan'' and ''Film/BladeRunner''. Suffers from some padding but has great action pieces, sets, and miniatures.
* ''A Cat In The Brain'', an extremely meta horror film starring Fulci AsHimself -- a horror-film director who seeks psychiatric help when he begins seeing the world ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.


[[folder: Other films he made include: ]]

* ''Contraband'', his sole poliziotesco picture, which was funded by actual mobsters after the original producer died suddenly and his widow nearly pulled the plug.
* ''Massacre Time'', one of three Spaghetti Westerns he directed.
* ''The Silver Saddle'', one of three Spaghetti Westerns he directed.
* ''White Fang'', a rare family film in his repertoire.
* ''Film/{{Zombi 3D}}'', a "sequel" to his own ''Zombi 2'' that is one part ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'', one part ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'', and one part ''Film/TheCrazies'', telling the story of a conflict between scientists and the military following a zombie-inducing contamination and a group of survivors trying to get out of Dodge alive.