“While many giallos involve black-gloved killers stalking women in the big city, Fulci's DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING turns the formula completely inside out to produce a violent, sweltering masterpiece of regional and religious oppression.” -- Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital
From the filmmaker who also unleashed ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND and THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY! When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by murders of young boys, superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local witch (Florinda Bolkan, A LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN.) With bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic, two outsiders -- city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian, DJANGO KILL...IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT!) and spoilt rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet, CASINO ROYALE) team up to crack the case.
Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal violence, depiction of the Catholic Church and themes of child murder and paedophilia, DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING is widely regarded today as one of Fulci's greatest films, rivalling the best of his close rival Dario Argento.