Don't Torture A Duckling

release date November 30 1971
studio Anchor Bay
director Lucio Fulci
writer Lucio Fulci
starring Florinda Bolkan, Marc porel, Barbara Bouchet


A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

Official Review

dtad 1 Dont Torture A DucklingThe real deep philosophy behind Lucio Fulci?s ?Don?t Torture A Duckling? could be ?now, why would a child rip the head off of their Donald Duck doll?? Within that lies the disturbing drama unfolded in this 1972 Italian ?giallo? classic. Fulci reportedly got a lot of slack after this film and may very well have been shunned for future mass audience projects for this intertwined story of a child murderer. The film pivots around multiple suspects from our point of view, and eventually from the film?s lead detective?s point of view, who, even the viewer may consider a suspect. Is he? One by one, young boys around the age of twelve begin to be found murdered in various brutal ways. The small, Italian townsfolk are in an uproar as the village idiot, a big city woman just slumming it (who seems to have a penchant for, er, young boys), a mysterious black-arts practicing woman, the possible list goes on, are all running around in fear for their children?s lives. The suspense of the viewer lost in figuring out who the killer is doesn?t compare with the thrill gotten from each new child?s means of death. Yes, they may all have been strangled to their demise in some part, but they also were ?wounded? in other horrific ways in the sense of torture before the actual strangling, such as being clobbered over the head with a rock, exposing brain matter practically?.ah, then finish the tyke off by strangling him. It is in this light method does the horror come out through Fulci?s very early work. …Read More

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