So last night for my nightly horror movie watching, I watched Don’t Torture a Duckling. Directed by Lucio Fulci, this was kind of a great movie to watch after Shock, which as you’ll remember ended with me unsatisfied by the unchecked mortality of the most annoying kid on the face of the…
Not to mention that the vigilantes that murdered her were the fathers of the children that were murdered, enacting cold-blooded vengeance against a local witch whom they thought was the true killer. Very thought provoking. It brought to mind of going into the territory of losing someone dear to you by somebody else, but then also thinking of the mob mentality people can be capable of should they give in to their bloodlust. This same village wanted to massacre the first accused [outcast] man, let alone the local witch Maciara, with only the police escort as their only protection.
Actually this reminds me, in more recent times in 1989, I just recalled seeing a documentary on Ted Bundy and there was archive footage outside of the prison in Starke, FL where he was to be executed and there were many people outside showing signs of bloodlust waiting for his execution to take place. It was the thing that stood out to me the most in the documentary. Then there was a man somewhere in Central America that molested a youth, and the town formed a mob and burned him to death as he was tied against a tree, which was in 1995-96. The mob mentality reminded me a lot of the little Italian hamlet in Don’t Torture a Duckling.
But more back to the film… this film haunts me to no end and is beautifully made, a genuine masterpiece. From the all the gialli I’ve seen, this strikes me as the darkest. Nobody in the film is depicted as innocent in any way since it depicts all of the characters in a black/gray morality. There seems to be a sense of dread, despair, and somberness present throughout the film. Riz Orlandi’s haunting score ripped into my soul when I first heard it, and still does, which I felt similar reactions upon seeing Fulci’s later films City of the Living Dead and The Beyond with Fabio Frizzi’s score.