A descent into the macabre: an investigation into the films of Lucio Fulci and his status as an exploitation filmmaker

Franks, Christopher M. (2008) A descent into the macabre: an investigation into the films of Lucio Fulci and his status as an exploitation filmmaker. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The life and works of Lucio Fulci have yet to receive considerable academic acknowledgment and appreciation. His films illogical narratives and bloody excesses are relished by some and vilified by many others. Due to his films conformity with the visual demands of exploitation cinema, Fulci and his films have suffered neglect and have been disregarded as credible texts of academic study, as they are assumed to have little else on offer besides gratuitous violence. 'A Descent into the Macabre' investigates and disproves this assumption, by focusing on two visually consistent themes within Fulci's films from 1979-1982. The themes in question are Fulci's fascination with the eye and destruction of the (mostly female) body. Combining theories of abjection, cinematic gazing and psychoanalysis this investigation establishes that Fulci's obsession with the ocular and bodily mutilation hold both industrial and personal significance. This examination discusses that Fulci not only presents images of bodily mutilation and ocular trauma to subvert traditional narratives, punish audiences, and confront them with images of abjection but they are also utilised to exploit the anxieties we hold over our bodies' vulnerabilities, our status as little more than 'meat' and mortality. These themes also comment on Fulci's anxieties towards femininity, addressing issues within his personal life. 'A Descent into the Macabre' provides a credible argument which claims that Fulci's films are much more thematically ambitious than originally assumed, and calls for a reassessment of his position in the chronicles of Horror and exploitation cinema.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/560

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