It’s time for another Fulci review, and this time I must admit the film was pretty cool. I have stated I am not normally a fan, but this film, Aenigma is very different than his other work. This one had a very cool supernatural story and a great amount of gore thrown in. So for this one I will simply give my review, and not a separate star rating for Fulci fans.
Aenigma takes place at an all-girls boarding school in Massachusetts. Take note, any horror film that takes place in a boarding school is bad news. One of the girls there is name Kathy. Kathy is a frumpy, loner, picked on by her classmates. She’s such an outcast that when a group of the mean girls decide to prank her, the male gym teacher goes along with it. That brings up a very interesting question, why do all girls schools have male teachers? It always leads to trouble. Anyway Kathy gets set up on a fake date with Mr. Vernon and they decide to park. She starts to come closer to him, when the other girls run out of nowhere and start laughing at her. She hops out of the car and runs away. Problem is she runs into traffic and gets hit by a car and ends up in a coma.
Now a short time later at the school a new student named Eva arrives and strange things start happening. By strange I mean people start dying. Eva quickly assimilates with the popular girls who played the prank on Kathy and we soon learn that Eva is actually being possessed by Kathy who is still in a coma. See Kathy developed some type of psychic power while in the coma and is controlling Eva to get revenge. And she does get it all right. The gym teacher, the bad girls you name it. They get punished one by one. On a weird side not we always see Kathy’s mom around, as she is a janitor at the school. Does she know about what’s going on? Well you figure it out, I mean this film has no twist ending I will tell you that upfront.
Not only does this have a cool story but it’s got amazing practical gore effects as well. I may not like the pacing in most Fulci films but his gore effects were always top notch. The best in the business for a long period of time actually, and Aenigma is no exception. Strangling’s, crushed by statues, stabbings, and sexually violated and killed by snails. Yes, you read that right, snails. The film, according to Fulci himself is heavily inspired by the De Palma horror classic Carrie.
Severin films has just rolled this out onto Blu-ray and like all of their work the transfer is amazing. The colors are clean and vibrant, and the audio is top notch. Say what you want about these Italian horror films, but there is no denying the scores are always amazing. Aenigma is no exception, as its has a truly haunting score. And that score sounds amazing coming from your surround sound. Severin is really leading the pact with there transfers on this older films. Throw in the fantastic artwork they use and you have a must have edition for collectors. They even throw in special features on these films.
· Audio Commentary with , Author of “Splintered Visions – Lucio Fulci & His Films” and Mondo-Digital.com’s
· Writing Nightmares: Interview with Screenwriter
· Italian Aenigma: Appraising Late Day Fulci
· English Trailer
· Italian Trailer
· Italian Credits
I know Zombie and the beyond are considered the best films from Fulci but I really enjoy this one the most. It’s a great revenge story with an amazing plot, score, and special effects. The acting is great and everything comes perfectly together. This is definite a must watch for horror fans.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!