Tulpa (film)


Theatrical poster
Directed by Federico Zampaglione
Produced by Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Written by Federico Zampaglione
Giacomo Gensini
Dardano Sacchetti
Starring Claudia Gerini
Michela Cescon
Nuot Arquint
Michele Placido
Enio Tozzi
Ivan Franek
Music by Francesco Zampaglione
Andrea Moscianese
The Alvarius
Cinematography Giuseppe Maio
Edited by Marco Spoletini
Italian Dreams Factory
Distributed by Bolero Film (Italy)
Release dates
June 20, 2013 (2013-06-20) (Italy)
Running time
82 minutes
Country Italy
Language English

Tulpa is a 2012 Italian giallo-horror film directed by Federico Zampaglione. It premiered at the 2012 London FrightFest Film Festival[1] and was released in Italy on June 20, 2013.


Lisa Boeri (Claudia Gerini) is a business woman with a secret double life: if during the day she is a busy and serious worker, the night she is an assiduous frequenter of the private club Tulpa, owned by a haunting Tibetan guru, where the sickest fantasies of customers become reality. But the fiery lovers who attended Lisa begin to die one by one in increasingly cruel ways, and the woman finds herself involved in the chain of murders. Forced to investigate on her own, not to discover his double life to the police, she will face a terrible escalation of death, mystery and eroticism.



The film received generally positive reviews by Italian film critics. It was referred as "more than a tribute to the masters of the genre of the Seventies", "an attempt to resurrect an imaginary, a disenchanted and passionate way of making films".[2] Film critic Natalino Bruzzone wrote: "Tulpa has defects and failures, but its constant, uncertain balance between suspense, frightening visual style, grotesque and liberating sense of the absurd make it interesting".[3]


  1. Emanuel Richelmy (17 July 2012). "L'horror italiano arriva al Frightfest di Londra con Tulpa". Squer. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  2. Serafino Murri (18 June 2013). "Tulpa il nuovo horror di Federico Zampaglione". La Repubblica. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  3. Natalino Bruzzone (18 June 2013). "Sesso e sangue made in Italy". Il Secolo XIX. Retrieved 22 June 2013.

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