Sunday, February 24, 2013

Door to Silence

Door to Silence (1991)    Directed by Lucio Fulci

How do you say "that's all folks" in Italian? Door to Silence is Lucio Fulci's (the maestro's) swan song. The last film he completed before his fatal heart attack. Sadly I can't say he went out on a good note, because the film is absolute crap. That being said this film may have also been the inspiration for M. Night Shyamalan-a-ding-dong's 6th Sense!

It says "Party here tonight, People are just dying to get in"

The movie stars John Savage. A very bloated John Savage, he really commands this role, lighting up screen in a tour de force performance. The same type of performance Alec Baldwin gave in "Cat in the Hat".
Right off the bat Melvin Devereux(Savage) is attending his wife's funeral, the couple were also business partners in the real estate game. When he leaves, a strange women says hello and that they are well acquainted, but Melvin can't recall how. She shows up mysteriously throughout the movie, turning up just like a bad penny.

Tim Heidecker?
Pardon me, do you have any grey poupon?

For the rest of the movie Melvin is pretty much driving and driving and driving. While driving, a hearse won't let him pass and is constantly trying to run him off the road. With all the driving in the film this starts happen all to often and the film starts acting as if it's trying to be Spielberg's "Duel". Except having limited budget all the action is sped up fast forward style.

95% John,   5% Savage

On the road again!

At one point the hearse is pulled over at a bar and when Melvin investigates what's in the back he discovers a casket with his name on it!!! You see where this is going? He endlessly pursues the hearse looking for an opportunity to bust it open and take a look inside. Along the way more and more strange things start to happen.

Damn! This bar has no peanuts.
The Happy Hearse Driver

Who pulled my chair out from under me?

Even if this is a stinker Fulci's body of work trumps his final effort. We all know he has quite a few snooze fests in his resume. But in my humble opinion even Sweet House of Horrors is far superior to this!



Much like the car chases in the film, I wanted to fast forward this one.


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