Fulci Explores the Turbulent World of Sado Relationships in this Erotic
Italian Title: IL MIELE DEL DIAVOLO (Honey of the Devil)
also known as DANGEROUS OBSESSION and
director: Lucio Fulci
starring: Brett Halsey · Blanca Marsillach · Corinne Clery
· Paola Marina · Bernard Seray · Eulalia Ramon
is madly in love with an eccentric sax player named Johnnie. Their relationship
is exists in a realm of constant danger. After Johnnie has an accident
on his motorcycle (completely his own fault), he is whisked away to
the hospital where Dr Wendell Simpson performs an operation to save
his life. However, the doctor - distracted by domestic problems of his
own - isn't paying attention and makes a mistake which results in Johnnie's
death. Understandably, Jessica is angry and wants revenge. She begins
a barrage of taunting phone calls ["Why'd you let him die?"]
followed by an abduction. She embarks on session after session of torture
until finally informing Dr Wendell that she plans to take his life.
After spending much S&M time together, a strange relationship begins
Fulci explored this same theme a year earlier in THE
TRAP (he wrote that one, but didn't direct). It's fascinating
to see how he twisted the narrative a bit and added a sheen of sleaze
to create something new. In the early '70s, Fulci had been blacklisted
after making films which were deemed improper by the Catholic Church.
CENCI, et al) Then, in 1979, he was offered an opportunity to
make the sequel to DAWN
OF THE DEAD called FLESH
EATING ZOMBIES ("Zombie" in America). That film changed
his life, taking him on a road to success which included a string of
boxoffice hits which didn't necessarily mirror his commercial gore efforts.
During this time, in his personal life, Lucio Fulci had been suffering
with diabetes. On March 13 1996, he went to bed without taking his insulin.
Some say this was suicide; others, an accident. But sadly, Mr Fulci
was dead at age 68.
An Italian film
with English subtitles; widescreen format (1:66), uncut (78 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT. Extras include theatrical
Recommended for Mature Audiences Only