Series: Fumetti Nightmares

Fumetti Nightmares: Ulula the Werewolf Woman

As a warning, this article is most certainly not safe for work. The comic discussed here includes explicit sex and violence, including a combination thereof that some readers may find uncomfortable or upsetting. The Italy of the 1970s and 80s was a hotbed of exploitation cinema. During this period, Italian directors, such as Lucio Fulci and Umberto Lenzi, built their careers around the most lurid screen epics. These films closely followed the coattails of Hollywood trends, but yet retained a spirit of gonzo invention. To pick just one case, George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978) gave rise...

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Fumetti Nightmares: Is Ulula #2 Sadistic or Masochistic?

As a warning, this article is most certainly not safe for work. The comic discussed here includes explicit sex and violence, including a graphic portrayal of rape that some readers may find uncomfortable or upsetting. This is my second article for Women Write About Comics on the Italian erotic-horror comic Ulula, which began in 1981, and I would like to make a quick note about the background of the series before I go on. As I said in my previous Ulula article, the comic’s creators are uncredited. However, I am now happy to confirm that at least some of...

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Fumetti Nightmares: Sex, Drugs and Shambling Mummies in Ulula

As a warning, this article is most certainly not safe for work: the comic discussed here includes explicit depictions of sex and violence. In my previous posts about Ulula, an Italian erotic horror comic from the 1980s, I covered the first and second issues. Taken together, these covered the origin story of the lycanthropic heiress Ulla: she was unwittingly turned into a werewolf by her scientist uncle and subsequently killed him, resulting in her inheriting his wealth. Ulula #3, bearing the title “Cocaina avvelenata” (“Poisoned Cocaine”), begins another two-part story. The cover shows Ulla wearing the swimsuit-and-cloak combination seen...

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