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Directed by Mario Bava.
A ruthless Roman gang conducts a violent kidnapping and car-jacking after a botched robbery leaves death and destruction in their wake…
Rabid Dogs, or Cani Arrabbiati in the original Italian, is a frenetic crime drama from a true master of acerbic nerve-shredding, Mario Bava. In something of a move away from the supernatural/Gothic elements of his earlier career of films such as Black Sabbath and Mask of Satan, this late period Bava creates a modern 70’s crime scenario captured in real time.
Pitched at the hard-boiled edge of the giallo world, this tougher than tough slice of gangsterism leaves you imagining it on repeat at Quentin Tarantino’s house. Indeed this is meant as a compliment, as the street smart codes of revisionist »
- Robert W Monk
The Girl Who Knew Too Much, 1963.
Directed by Mario Bava.
A young tourist becomes involved in a police investigation after witnessing a murder by a notorious serial killer.
His final black-and-white production, Mario Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much sees the Italian director paying respect to Alfred Hitchcock – from the tongue-in-cheek title to certain elements of the film itself – whilst inadvertently setting a template for others to follow and creating the sub-genre known as the giallo (the Italian word for yellow, the colour of the pages of pulpy crime novels). Not bad for a mystery thriller that comes and goes in 86 minutes with barely any fat on it whatsoever.
- Gary Collinson
Wild, Gemma Bovery bookend festival.
The Turin Film Festival (Nov 21-29) is to open with Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild and close with Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovary.
In total, 197 films will presented at the Italian festival with 45 world premieres and 65 first or second features.
The 15-strong competition line-up includes New Zealand Vampire film What We Do in the Shadows by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, and Bryan Reisberg’s Big Significant Things, a road trip through Southern America’s larger tourist attractions.
Other highlights include Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman and David Michod’s The Rover while Dario Argento will screen a long-awaited restoration of his 1975 film Deep Red.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Reviewed by Jesse Miller
Where does evil come from exactly? Is it born within each individual or is it made throughout that individual’s life, as a result of what they personally experience? The age old questions gets a fresh examination by Italian author Roberto Costantini in his gripping psychological thriller, actually the second entry of a trilogy in what is dubbed the Commissario Balisteri trilogy.
Looking to take a careful examination of the nature of evil, Costantini takes readers into the past of his character Michelino Balisteri and back into Tripoli, 1962 where a young Balisteri encounters characters that challenge his perception of what is right and what is wrong.
As The Root Of All Evil explores the coming-of-age story of Balisteri and his journey into adulthood, the novel also jumps into a narrative that takes place in an undetermined time, where a woman is held in a »
Fantasia’s co-production market to run for a second European edition from April 9-11 during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
Frontières International Co-Production Market will return to Brussels in 2015.
Established in 2012 at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, the market developed into a biannual transatlantic circuit earlier this year when it held its third edition during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifff).
It will run again during Bifff from April 9-11 and feature 24 genre film projects with a primary focus on Europe and North America, 12 of which will be invited to participate in a live pitch sesson that will open the market.
This year will also see participants given access to the newly launched European Genre Film Market, which will include market screenings and a variety of sales opportunities.
Lindsay Peters »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
By Alex Simon
Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso won the 1990 Best Foreign Film Oscar after setting box office records the previous year all over the world. Paradiso had a rough journey on its road to glory, however, with the then-32 year-old writer/director being forced to cut nearly 30 minutes from its original running time and facing critical excoriation and box office indifference upon its original release in Italy. It’s a fitting metaphor for a film that has become a classic tale about fate, perseverance, and destiny.
Set in Sicily beginning in the years just after Ww II to the late 1950s, and framed by modern-day flashbacks of a renowned film director (French actor/director Jacques Perrin) returning to his Sicilian town for the first time in 30 years, Tornatore’s hero (and alter-ego) is pint-sized Toto, who finds himself obsessed with the movies, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
For the second week of November, genre fans have plenty of titles to choose from, as the horror and sci-fi related home releases aren’t slowing down at all this week. Not only does the highly anticipated Batman HD box set finally come home on Tuesday, but several cult classics, including Dolls and both Demons films, are also getting their due on Blu-ray too.
For those of you Trubies out there, the final season of True Blood is coming out, as well as a nifty box set of the entire HBO series and even Gamera is getting his own box set to boot. And for those of you out there who fancy yourselves fans of cult cannibal flicks, Intervision is releasing two obscure titles this week that might be of interest- Mondo Cannibal and In the Land of the Cannibals.
- Heather Wixson
Goblin, the Italian progressive rock band best known the world over for scoring some of Dario Argento’s most entertaining films, is announcing that pre-orders are being taken for their new album Four Of A Kind through Pledge Music. Fans have a choice of pledging various amounts in return for ultra-cool merchandise. From the press release:
Goblin has been on the rise again these past few years and to celebrate, we’re … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
The ’80s marked the waning days of Italian cinema’s mastery over the genre film, but there were still quite a few gems released during the decade. Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead) and Dario Argento (Tenebre, Phenomena) each managed to direct some memorable titles, but overall the quality of the output was decreasing even as the quantity raced in the other direction. One of the most popular Italian horror films of the ’80s — Lamberto Bava’s Demons — embraced both Argento’s color schemes and Fulci’s gore addiction and combined them with an anything goes narrative and a rock and roll soundtrack. It was followed a year later by an underwhelming sequel, but even that film manages a few fun surprises. Synapse Films released both movies to Blu-ray last year in limited run steelbooks loaded with extras, but next week they’re putting out standalone Blu-rays for folks whose sole interest is the »
- Rob Hunter
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
For me, Halloween has always been about watching scary movies. While all the other kids dressed up as pirates and princesses and went trick-or-treating, all little Laura wanted to do was eat some popcorn and watch a Child's Play Marathon, or Hocus Pocus on replay. And my guess is that if you're a fan of this site, chances are you also like staying in and watching movies on Halloween. That's why I decided to put together a short list of horror films you should watch this spooky holiday. Feel free to put your suggestions below.
1. Hocus Pocus
Disney's Hocus Pocus is wickedly funny and charming. Three witches, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, set out regain their youth by absorbing the life force of kids. Hocus Pocus is a cult classic. It has a great sense of humor, and it's actually a movie you can watch »
- Laura Frances
Back in April, for twelve weeks straight, I reviewed a different Werner Herzog movie as they came available on the streaming service Fandor.com . Now the site is preparing for Halloween with a very special release of Kino Lorber's new 4K restoration of Robert Wiene's classic horror thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari exclusively on the site beginning Halloween. And on that day (October 31st), and for one day only, the film will be available to everyone, even if you do not have a Fandor subscription! However, I have a special gift for one (1) lucky reader, a one (1) year subscription to Fandor.com and beyond the Herzog titles and the release of Caligari there is a lot more to explore. For example, also in celebration of Halloween, the site has George A. Romero's 1698 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead as well as Romero's original 1973 feature The Crazies. »
- Brad Brevet
As you know, music plays a huge part in the filmmaking process and plays with our emotions while we are watching the movie. Music heightens our senses and adds to the quality of film. When it comes to horror movies, the music is supposed to scare us, make us feel uneasy, and gives us moments of panic and fear. Director Martin Scorsese said the following about music and film:
“Music and cinema fit together naturally. Because there’s a kind of intrinsic musicality to the way moving images work when they’re put together. It’s been said that cinema and music are very close as art forms, and I think that’s true.”
Just the other day the main theme song from Halloween started playing on the radio, and it freaked my kids out to the point that they were in tears. It was sad but kind of funny at the same time. »
- Joey Paur
Horror directors these days seem to almost automatically genuflect before the altars of such '70s and '80s filmmakers as John Carpenter and Dario Argento. But writer-director Jennifer Kent sought inspiration from much older auteurs while crafting her debut film, the much-acclaimed, Sundance-screened, The Babadook. "I've watched everything, from Mario Bava to Dario Argento—all of those ‘70s guys, including John Carpenter, who I love," she says. "But I feel very drawn also to the early stuff. There were directors in the '20s and '30s—Carl Dreyer, Fritz Lang—who were making films that were art and »
- Clark Collis
At age twenty-two Michele De Angelis was hired as assistant director on the Italian slasher epic Massacre, which led to work as an assistant director, production manager, executive producer and screenwriter for Lucio Fulci, Ruggero Deodato, Bud Spencer, Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and many others. Michele eventually worked as a consultant and executive producer, creating DVD featurettes and documentaries for companies like Universal Pictures Home Video, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blue Underground and more.>> - Shade Rupe »
Dario Argento changed the way thrillers are made. He paved the way for a whole generation of filmmakers grew up in the seventies. His dazzling technical skills, daring visuals and spiraling storytelling are as compelling today as they were forty years ago. He’s part of movie history and he will be forever amongst the giants of not only Italian, but world cinema. I got the chance to speak with him this past month.>> - Michele De Angelis »
They each turned to crowdfunding for their film projects. But neither Joe Dante (Burying the Ex) nor Stuart Gordon (Nevermore) reached their goals. And it doesn’t look like Dario Argento (The Sandman) or George Romero’s son, Cameron (Origins), will either. … Continue Reading →
The post Guest Blog: Seven Reasons Why Most Horror Directors Aren’t Reaching Crowdfunding Goals appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
If you were entranced by the rhythmic swinging of the scythe-like blade in The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) or couldn’t look away when Damien’s nanny interrupted his birthday party with a shocking announcement in The Omen (1976), then you might be happy to learn that these and other iconic horror movie moments can be displayed in your home in a new line of miniature dioramas.
From Special FX makeup artist Jason Bakutis comes MicroFear, a collection of six hand-crafted dioramas less than 2.5″ tall. A Kickstarter campagin was recently launched for MicroFear, and enough funds have already been raised to make these impressive miniatures a reality for horror fans.
Impeccably detailed, these miniatures are available in their completed form and as model kits for customers to conjure up on their own, and all dioramas come with their own trading card. To learn more about MicroFear and its successful Kickstarter campaign, »
- Derek Anderson
It’s the rare Hasbro/Michael Bay production that may actually dissuade audiences from buying the product it’s selling, but aside from that rather charming distinction, “Ouija” is fairly routine stuff. A tale of two teenage sisters, their very expendable friends and the creepy board game that just won’t leave them alone, this silly but straight-faced supernatural thriller manages to elicit an occasional shudder in between cheap jolts and false scares, emerging as a feat of competent direction (by debuting helmer Stiles White) over derivative scripting (by White and writing partner Juliet Snowden). Friendly box office spirits are already smiling upon Universal’s Oct. 24 release, and should continue to hover at least through Halloween weekend.
“Calm down, it’s only a game,” whispers young Debbie (Claire Beale) as she introduces her terrified friend, Laine (Afra Tully), to the mysteries of Ouija, using a heart-shaped planchette and an ornate »
- Justin Chang
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