The Devil’s Honey (1986) (Blu-ray Review)

The Devil’s Honey (1986) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Brett Halsey, Corinne Clery, Blanca Marsillach
Rated: R/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

Severin Films honors the Euro-Horror gods by offering up a lesser-known masterwork by genre stalwart Lucio Fulci. Open wide, because THE DEVIL’S HONEY is dripping onto home video in a sweeter form than ever before, bursting with the robust flavors of perversion and degeneracy that only sinners with the most refined palates will be able to truly appreciate. In perhaps his most rarely seen film, Godfather Of Gore Lucio Fulci takes on the erotic thriller genre and unleashes the ultimate onslaught of glossy depravity: Brett Halsey (DEMONIA, THE RETURN OF THE FLY), Corinne Cléry (THE STORY OF O, MOONRAKER) and Blanca Marsillach star in this insane S&M saga complete with sodomy, torture, torrid romance, rampant nudity and a jaw-dropping cavalcade of kink that Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci calls “Demented and hot…good sleazy fun and perhaps Fulci’s last truly enjoyable film.” Stefano Madia (BODY COUNT), Bernard Seray (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) and Fulci himself co-star in this skintastic sickie – also known as DANGEROUS OBSESSION – newly scanned from the original negative and transferred in HD for the first time ever.

Here we have the Fulci “Come back” film, The Devil’s Honey. Thought by many to be the last really good film to come from Fulci, whose health had been on the decline and gotten worse, The Devil’s Honey is just as much or more so of an erotic film than a thriller. While the movie might be a bit of a let-down those who are more into the blood and chaos side of a Fulci movie, this is a call back to many of the more sexually driven films he had done before and feature such things as a woman basically have sex with a saxophone while her lover plays away at it. The plot has the same couple who after an accident has the woman scorned and ready to kill the surgeon. She kidnaps him and seems to be confused too if she wants to sleep with him or kill him after that. It is a slow moving movie at times, but interesting none the less.

Italian cinema, especially that from the likes of Lucio Fulci is at times a bit all over the place, but that’s what a lot of folks seem to enjoy the most about it. The same reasons some love it will ultimately be the same reason others kind of hate it. I dig it for the most part and while I do enjoy a good bloodbath with my Italian movie watching, I can find myself still being sucked into the likes of this. Is it crude and over the top? Just a bit, but it also tends to be a good story overall as well. The film also looks great in HD and if you were lucky enough to get your order in early enough for Severin Films you also get a neat slipcase for this one. The Devil’s Honey won’t crack my top 5 in overall Fulci films but it is interesting and coherent, which is something you can’t say for some of his stuff to come later.

Extras

– NEW 2K RESTORATION of the film
– FULLY UNCUT PRESENTATION of the film
– The Devil’s Halsey: An Interview with Actor Brett Halsey
– Wild Flower: An Interview With Actress Corinne Cléry
– Producing Honey: An Interview With Producer Vincenzo Salviani
– The Devil’s Sax: An Interview With Composer Claudio Natili
– Stephen Thrower on The Devil’s Honey
– Fulci’s Honey: An Audio Essay by Troy Howarth – Author of “Splintered Visions – Lucio Fulci And His Films”
– Alternate Opening
– Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 85%