Aenigma (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

Aenigma (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

Aenigma (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

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Aenigma (1987) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Jared Martin, Lara Lamberti, Ulli Reinthaler
Rated: UR/Region O/1.85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

When a bullied student at a New England girl’s school becomes comatose after a prank gone wrong, her tormenters will suffer graphic telepathic punishment that includes the infamous ‘death by snails’ scene. Jared Martin (DALLAS), Lara Lamberti (A BLADE IN THE DARK), and Ulli Reinthaler (ZOMBIE 3) star in this “blast from start to finish, with some of the most bonkers imagery Fulci ever put on film” (The Video Vacuum). o-written by Giorgio Mariuzzo (THE BEYOND, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY) and scanned in 4k from the original negative for the first time ever in America.

We have some bullies in an all girl’s school and the end result is a girl stuck in a coma! Now that would be bad enough but in this case, the girl uses her telepathic ways to take over a new girl to the school and wreak havoc over everyone who is to blame for what has happened to her. Honestly, this is the first time I’ve seen this movie from the great Lucio Fulci and it isn’t the best film I’ve seen by him but it has just enough of his style to get a pass from me even if it does ten to go above and beyond the point of logic. I mean, coming from a director who directed a famous zombie vs shark scene, who’s here looking for anything that looks like common sense anyway? The outlandish and weird nature of this one is really the main appeal of this one. It’s almost like they tossed a bunch of stuff in here and just waited to see what came out. The end result is a movie that really has some nice moments but it also has some crazy as hell moments as well.

So, this movie doesn’t really pack the best plot we’ve ever seen. It doesn’t really have a good cast per se. But this movie does keep things interesting by keeping things unpredictable. Things don’t always make sense in Aenigma and that’s why I sorta like it. It isn’t boring if it isn’t anything else. Also, based on other screenshots I’ve seen online, it looks way better than the old 88 films release of the movie. This one also packs a cool extra called “Appraising Late Day Fulci”. This covers all the movies that came out in the latter part of Fulci’s career and it was really interesting to take a closer look at some of these movies. All in all, this was a fun release of a fun movie. It’s a crazy movie that has some Italian horror silliness, but it’s still worth a watch.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions – Lucio Fulci & His Films and Mondo-Digital.com’s Nathaniel Thompson.
  • Writing Nightmares – Interview with Screenwriter Giorgio Mariuzzo.
  • Italian Aenigma – Appraising Late Day Fulci Featurette.
  • Trailer.

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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