White Fang / Zanna Bianca (1973)

3.5 out of 5

When Lucio Fulci made family entertainment it was a chance to take a break from shocking adult audiences and instead make a film that would shock a younger audience with some dog fighting, stabbing, a dog versus bear combat and so on.

One of a host of films from a wave in Italian film that was influenced by the work of Jack London this film stars Franco Nero, Virna Lisi and a typecast bad guy John Steiner. For Maurice Poli his extremely minor role in this was prior to his lead in Bava's incredible Rabid Dogs.

While the film does have a cute kid and dog story, features a slapstick fistfight, a musical number and has a number of family friendly themes parental discretion is advised in the case of younger children because there is a fair bit of blood and violence too. The canine star, which is uncredited, is clearly a german shepherd and not a wolf hybrid as the story suggests.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics