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This week, we're stirring things up in 'The Vault!' We've got Dario Argento's controversial 1996 film 'The Stendhal Syndrome' starring his daughter Asia Argento. And our commentators for this one are Fangoria contributor Heidi Martinuzzi and horror host Jill Kill. The gals offer a pretty unique and often hilarious commentary on one of Argento's most misunderstood horror cult classics. In 'The Stendhal Syndrome,' Asia plays Detective Anna Manni, a young policewoman tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer & who slowly starts going insane herself after becoming a victim of the brutal man's obsession. Yep, and her father directed he in this. Heidi and Jill aren't afraid to tackle the awkwardness of 'The Stendhal Syndrome,' nor do they shy away from breaking out wigs in the films' honor! Check out our latest entry into 'The Vault,' Dario Argento's 'The Stendhal Syndrome.' If you'd like to »
- Rob Galluzzo
Review written by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Director: Dario Argento
It took me a while to warm up to Francis Ford Coppola’s take on Dracula from 1992. No cape, and morphing from an old guy in a geisha outfit to one of the Doobie Brothers in a Victorian pimp suit. I was accustomed to the refined stylings of Christopher Lee and Frank Langella. I’m glad, because even more takes on the classic vampire tale would follow, and being a purist just isn’t conducive to having an open mind.
There have been Italian vampire tales before, but never by the master of the giallo himself. I’ve got a good friend who summed up Italian horror cinema perfectly. »
While there is a likely Oscar-winner, a massive box set from HBO, and some true crowd-pleasers in this week’s What to Watch, it’s a bit of a downer compared to some more recent jam-packed weeks of Blu-ray and streaming greatness. We also couldn’t find an On Demand title this week worth mentioning, although Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, hits DirecTV On Demand this Thursday and you can bet we’ll be there to check it out before a March theatrical release. Until then, rent or buy something below.
Treme: The Complete Series
Photo credit: HBO
“Treme: The Complete Series”
HBO’s “Treme” never became the cultural touchstone that “The Wire” turned into over the year but it does have a loyal, devoted following who will be overwhelmed by the ability to own it all in one box set. One also gets the feeling that “Treme, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Dario Argento
More than his fellow giallo maestros (Bava, Fulci, Martino, and others), Dario Argento has had to live and work in the burdensome shadow of his earlier successes. After nearly two decades of exceptional films boasting glorious cinematic artistry and blood-soaked thrills, Argento established quite the reputation. In recent years, though, since 1993′s Trauma, these prior landmarks of genre perfection have become a distressing caveat added to nearly every negative criticism of his newest release: “Ah, Argento, how far he’s fallen. Remember when….” His latest offering, Dracula 3D, now available on an American-issued 3D Blu-ray (an Italian disc, still playable in the Us, has been out for while), is no exception. Does it rank with Suspiria, Tenebre, Deep Red, or Opera? No. But is it as bad as some detractors would suggest? Certainly not. »
- Jeremy Carr
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
Why We're In: It's got awesome action scenes and strong performances from Hemsworth and Brühl, with Ron Howard behind the camera.
New on DVD & Blu-ray
"Bonnie & Clyde (2014)"
What's It About? It's a two-part TV mini-series about the legendary criminals, from director Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy"). Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") and Emile Hirsch star as our lovers on the run, with William Hurt as the officer tracking them and Holly Hunter as Bonnie's mama.
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- Jenni Miller
Though the majority of Dario Argento's earlier films are more or less universally loved by horror fans, not even the biggest supporter of his work can deny that the Italian maestro has lost something along the way.
By all accounts, his take on Dracula (review) represents an all-time low for the filmmaker, but you'll be able to form your own opinion later this month. Sink your fangs into the details below.
From the Press Release
Horror maestro Dario Argento puts his unique stylistic spin on the classic supernatural tale in Dracula, a sexually charged, visually sumptuous retelling of the legendary myth. The film arrives on DVD and 3D Blu-ray on January 28, 2014, via IFC Midnight with SRPs, respectively, of $24.98 and $29.98.
It's been 400 years since Count Dracula's (Thomas Kretschmann; Wanted, Valkyrie) beloved Countess Dolingen passed away, leaving the immortal bloodsucker forever abandoned. But when he discovers that local newlywed Mina »
- John Squires
6 items from 2014
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