Friday, October 19, 2007


Well, sort of. Read on to the announcement from Severin Films;


Long-Unseen THE PSYCHIC And THE EROTICIST Considered Most Unique And Celebrated Works By Controversial Italian Filmmaker
LOS ANGELES, CA, – Severin Films announces the DVD premieres of two of Lucio Fulci’s most sought-after films, the suspense thriller THE PSYCHIC and his politically incendiary sex comedy THE EROTICIST. Both films have been fully restored for the first time ever in America.
More than a decade after his death, Lucio Fulci remains one of the most infamous and misunderstood talents in international cinema history. His films encompassed art house hits (1969’s BEATRICE CENCI), American-made mysteries (PERVERSION STORY, also available from Severin) and acclaimed adventure epics (1973’s WHITE FANG). By the mid ‘80s, Fulci became best known for such hallucinatory horror epics as ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND, which would define the era of EuroGore excess. Both THE PSYCHIC and THE EROTICIST are considered to be among Fulci’s most rare and accomplished works.
Never released in America, 1972’s THE EROTICIST – also known as THE SENATOR LIKES WOMEN – was based on the true story of a prominent Christian senator accused of serial fondling. Fulci’s surreal comedy ignited a firestorm of controversy throughout Italy with its blasphemous depictions of perverted politicians, lascivious nuns (including sexy ‘70s star Laura Antonelli) and a death squad of Vatican Cardinals led by blacklisted American actor Lionel Stander. Initially banned and heavily censored throughout Europe, the film remained Fulci’s personal favorite of his career. Severin’s DVD presentation includes an all-new featurette that documents the film’s scandalous history, including interviews with cast and crew.
Fulci’s 1977 thriller THE PSYCHIC stars Jennifer O’Neill of SUMMER OF ’42 and SCANNERS fame as a clairvoyant tormented by visions of a murder that might be her own. Also known as SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK, the film was acclaimed worldwide for its daring suspense sequences and ingenious final twist. Longtime PSYCHIC fan Quentin Tarantino had unsuccessfully attempted to re-release the film in the mid-‘90s under his Miramax/Rolling Thunder banner, and portions of the film’s main orchestral theme would later appear in KILL BILL VOLUME 1. Severin’s presentation of THE PSYCHIC restores footage removed for its American release and includes an exclusive featurette recounting the film’s production.
Severin Films was formed in May 2006. The label, with offices in Los Angeles and London, is dedicated to unearthing, restoring and releasing the most provocative and controversial erotic and arcane features from around the world. The company’s previous releases include the unrated director’s cut of GWENDOLINE starring Tawny Kitaen, EuroSleaze auteur Jess Franco’s classics MACUMBA SEXUAL, THE INCONFESSABLE ORGIES OF EMMANUELLE and THE SEXUAL STORY OF O, Walerian Borowczyk’s art cinema sensation IMMORAL WOMEN, and the 4-disc limited edition collection BLACK EMANUELLES BOX.

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