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Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
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"WARNING! Not Recommended Viewing for Persons with Schizophrenic Tendencies!"

There are no lizards in this movie, but there is plenty of women's skin. The title refers to an ugly monster hidden inside a beautiful woman, and that's what we see here, only it still looks like a woman in the movie. I was hoping it would be a lizard version of the snake women movies where a beautiful woman changes into a snake, but I was wrong. The only lizard is the one in the trailer. But it's a great title and a good giallo - one of the suspense thrillers made by Italian directors mostly in the 60's and 70's that were pretty shocking in their day - similar in some ways to the Italian Spaghetti Westerns of the 60's - both were made with low budgets, unusual effects and extreme camera work, including lots of rapid zooms, lots of violence, with an English dialogue track. But instead of dirty unshaven cowboys, giallos like to show us plenty of beautiful nude women, many of whom are eventually stabbed to death and covered with blood. I don't know if the title is an Italian saying or if it was made up for the movie, which was originally titled "Una lucertola con la pelle di donna."


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