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By James Whittington, Wednesday 11th August 2021 The Psychic Shameless Entertainment Certificate 18
The Psychic aka Murder to the Tune of the 7 Black Notes aka Death Tolls Seven Times aka Seven Notes in Black, is one of Lucio Fulci's most accomplished movies and it's finally been given a release that it truly deserves thanks to Shameless Entertainment. Often overlooked by fans of Italian cinema this is a gem of a movie from a director at the height of his creative powers.
Jennifer O'Neill plays Virginia, a person who has had psychic powers since childhood, starting with the trauma of having sensed, from a great distance, the very moment of her mother's suicide... Now newly married and rich, Virginia becomes plagued by waking visions of bloody deaths and meaningless images which torment her. With the aid of her parapsychologist friend (Marc Porel) who carries a torch for her, they try to elucidate the meaning of these horrific unwanted visions only to slowly discover that these are premonitions of future deaths...
Void of any real gore and with only touches of violence, The Psychic is a beautifully made movie, visually engrossing with a dreamlike quality running through it. Bizarre visions and reality combine creating many surreal elements to the proceedings which try to throw the viewer off the scent of uncovering what is happening to Virginia. The linear storyline gives the film a streamlined feel ensuring that the plot retains a clear focus even if the subject matter is fantastical.
Fulci directs here with masterful strokes of melodrama and fills the experience with inventive crash shots, which dramatically punctuate the more subtle moments of the movie. The sublime and haunting score from Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi, and Vince Tempera is one of the best from the era.
This 2K transfer is wonderfully bold and deep with sharp edges and totally devoid of any colour bleeding. As with any Italian horror movie its best to watch with the original soundtrack and not the dubbed one which is classic 70s. The restoration of this is something to behold and shows the care and respect Shameless have given to this movie.
Extras include new interviews with Lucio Fulci's daughter Antonella Fulci, a look at the restoration process of the movie, a feature with writer Dardano Sacchetti interview where he discusses working with Fulci and Fabio Frizzi talks about scoring the movie.
It has been said that Quentin Tarantino was up for remaking this (he used the theme, 7 Note on the score to Kill Bill) but let's hope he keeps his hands off it as its very much of its time and any updating/reimagining would lose its atmosphere and would lack its charm.
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