Lucio Fulci's Murder Rock is a brilliant Giallo. For those familiar with his work they'll be happy to know that this one is pretty fun, straightforward and fast paced. Fulci cut on the Gore this time to bring us something different, a very good Mystery/Thriller with good twists. Probably one of the best of his late career and a perfect addition to the 80's italian Giallo masterpieces.
Unlike Fulci's other movies, Murder Rock is not as dark and obscure, it has a very bright tone to it. Laughter, Music, Dance and Choreography are very present throughout the whole movie, making it a very entertaining ride all the way through the end. Dont get me wrong, this is not a comedy, far from it, its a Giallo at 100%, sometimes brutal and merciless but its fresh and its fun too. I think Fulci and the crew had a lot of fun making it. Never had that feeling before while watching a Fulci film. Catchy rock tunes from the 80's and dancy music is also something we dont hear very often in Fulci's movies. Although slightly different in terms of style,the movie is still on par with Argento's horror masterpiece "Opera", just a little more groovy musically.
Aside from working very hard to make sure they'll be chosen to perform in the next competition, the dancers from a prestigious ballet/workout School in NY are in deep trouble when they finnd out that a killer on the loose is trying to kill them one by one......... The cinematography/Photography here is exceptional,way above many films of that era,the colors are vivid, the picture is crisp, clear and of very high quality. I've rarely seen a movie of that era with such a nice picture quality. The darker scenes are also very well done,that little dark blue tint is simply amazing, it adds on increasing the gravity of the scenes which are already very atmospheric. The film itself easily deserves 4 stars but the photography/Cinematography is so good that it also deserved one.
This movie will be welcome in any horror fan collection, especially italian giallo fans. It is seriously overlooked and underrated. Better than many late fulci films in my opinion.