There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Call them celluloid skeletons in the closet: Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13, the story of an ax murderer and his family; Steven Spielberg’s Duel, about a salesman terrorized by a malevolent tractor-trailer; James Cameron’s Piranha II: The Spawning. It’s a usual progression—auteurs cutting their chompers on trash projects before graduating to more serious-minded fare—that Italian director Lucio Fulci brilliantly subverted. Before hitting his stride with art-horror films like Zombie, Gates of Hell, and The Beyond, Fulci crafted superb psychological thrillers, including Don’t Torture a Duckling and A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin. Psychedelic, groovy, and visually wild, Lizard—about a disturbed woman who may or may not have murdered her upstairs neighbor—contains a hint of the blood and guts that would eventually become Fulci’s bread and butter: a sequence involving eviscerated dogs so real and grotesque it almost got Fulci imprisoned for animal torture. Woof! At 8 p.m. at Lucky Bar, 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW. $2 (suggested donation). (202) 736-1732. (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)