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In this week's all new edition of 'The Vault,' we're going back to one of the Italian master of horror's most well regarded pieces of cinematic work. That's right. We're talking about Dario Argento and the movie in question is 'Opera!' For this commentary, we invited filmmaker and occasional Fearnet blogger Drew Daywalt ('Red Clover') along with actor Aj Bowen ('The Sacrament,' 'You're Next,' 'The House Of The Devil') to offer their insight into the wild world of Argento's unique horror!
After directing a slew of classics such as 'Deep Red,' 'Suspiria,' 'Tenebre' and 'Phenomena,' Argento returned with 'Opera,' one of his most ambitious films yet in which a budding opera singer (Cristina Marsillach) is stalked by a deranged fan hellbent on making her famous. He also makes her watch his heinous murders »
- Rob Galluzzo
In what looks like Phantom Of The Opera directed by Dario Argento, this blood soaked romp tells the story of a kabuki mask wearing killer terrorising a snobby musical theatre camp. Camp being the operative word. There are lots of quips, creative slayings and enjoyable references to it’s forebears; Meat Loaf was in the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Driver was in the movie adaptation of Phantom. It is written and directed by cult short film maker Jerome Sable, most famous for goofball musical slash-fest the The Legend Of Beaver Dam, to which Stage Fright is a spiritual sequel. Looks like fun.
- John Sharp
by Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com
On a dark and rainy day, I drove up the twisting Hollywood hills to visit the set of Utero, a new horror film produced by and starring Jessica Cameron, the queen of screams who dominated the festival circuit last year with a dementedly twisted game of truth or dare.
What I found when I got there was a passionate and energetic cast and crew fueled by energy drinks, energy shots, coffee, and energy bars. There was so much caffeine on set that it seemed to seep into the air so that I felt like I got a caffeine buzz just from breathing.
Of course, in reality my buzz didn't come from imaginary airborne caffeine, but from my close proximity to scream queen Jessica Cameron. Jessica was as beautiful as ever in her costume, a grey bathrobe covered in blood and green vomit. She has a »
In this week's installment of The Vault, we have gathered director Jeremy Kasten (The Wizard of Gore, The Profane Exhibit) and actor/director Ted Raimi (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Morbid Minutes) to discuss Two Evil Eyes.
1990's Two Evil Eyes marks the first collaboration between George Romero and Dario Argento since 1978's Dawn of the Dead. Two Evil Eyes is actually an anthology movie that never quite came together, and instead features two hour-long films based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Romero wrote and directed "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," which stars Adrienne Barbeau, and Argento wrote and directed "The Black Cat" with Harvey Keitel.
Previous Vault commentaries:
- The Crazies with »
- Alyse Wax
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Nightmare Factory (2011)
Directed by: Donna Davies
There’s a unique subset of horror fan that enjoys the horror documentary. Some would rather not know what the man looks like behind the curtain, or all the drama, politics, or bureaucracy behind getting a horror movie made. Then there are others that will take all the inside information and factoids that they can get. Maybe being able to get a glimpse into the lives of horror directors and effects guys, and that they have the same problems as us, or sitting back in the armchair, and thinking “I could’ve done that!”. Whatever the case, I personally love a good horror documentary.
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
By Todd Garbarini
Scream Factory continues their winning streak of releasing horror film favorites with their double feature Blu-ray release of 1988’s Bad Dreams and 1982’s Visiting Hours. They originally released these films together on DVD in September 2011.
Bad Dreams opened on Friday, April 8, 1988 and is, in hindsight, eerily prescient of David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian religious sect who met a horrific end when the FBI closed in on him and his compound ignited into a conflagration on April 19, 1993 in Waco, TX. Jim Jones and the Jonestown deaths in 1978 also come to mind. In this film, the late Richard Lynch plays a cult leader named Harris who convinces a group of people that love and unity are the only ways to live, and he shows that love by dousing them all in gasoline and lighting them on fire. Jennifer Rubin plays Cynthia, a confused and reluctant holdout »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The next edition of Scream Magazine hits shelves in early March and here's a quick peek at the next issues cover. Issue 23 features a whole host of horror goodies including interviews with genre legends George Romero ('Dawn of the Dead') and Dario Argento, 'Insidious Chapter 2' writer and star Leigh Whannell ('Saw') and a 'Hatchet 3' interview with creator Adam Green. The UK's number 1 full colour horror magazine is now available to purchase in store at HMV as well as subscribing to over at screamhorrormag.com. The publication ships worldwide do don't worry if you're not based in the UK as Scream is available to everyone! Check out the new cover art below. »
In The Vault this week, we welcome director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red, ColdWater) and journalist Rebekah McKendry from Fangoria. These are two of the biggest horror nerds I know (and I know a lot of horror nerds) so they give some great insight on this week's film, Dead & Buried.
Dead & Buried is a kind of low-key zombie flick. I had never even heard of it until we started working on The Vault. The small New England coastal town of Potter's Bluff is a popular vacation spot, but visitors frequently end up, well, murdered. But thanks to some voodoo witchcraft, the dead rise again, as residents who don't eat brains and, frankly, act as if nothing happened - except, of course, when it is time to kill the newbies.
- Alyse Wax
Paris, Texas (1984), a collaboration by writer Sam Shepard and director Wim Wenders, is a film of dichotomies: dichotomy of location, of ideals, of personalities, of gender roles. Even the words in its title are at odds with each other. The film follows Travis Henderson, played by a worn Harry Dean Stanton, who is always on the move but not really getting anywhere. The first time we see him is as a small figure with a red baseball cap, standing in the vast desert near the Texas/Mexico border. In this shot, we see no civilization or roads, only the rocky landscape. It’s as if he was dropped out of the sky or, more appropriately, materialized from the rocks around him, for they are both heavily weathered by time. We cut from this moment to Travis entering a rest stop area that, like Travis, has seemingly sprung up from the ground. »
- Jae K. Renfrow
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)
We have great news for those of you who subscribe to Full Moon Streaming. It has been announced that fifty Blue Underground titles have been acquired by Full Moon Features for their new streaming service:
“Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2014 – Full Moon Features is proud to announce their most exciting acquisition yet – fifty of cinema’s most obscure and beloved classics from the Blue Underground label will debut on their new subscription-based video streaming service, Full Moon Streaming (www.fullmoonstreaming.com), home to the entire Full Moon Features library. The Blue Underground titles will be released once per week beginning in March, and titles will include Venom (a beloved thriller about a killer snake starring Klaus Kinski, Susan George, and Oliver Reed), Mondo Cane (the Award-Winning documentary that launched the whole “mondo” craze of the sixties), Contamination (a gory Italian homage to Alien), Violent City (the Charles Bronson action classic), Don »
- Jonathan James
Full Moon has been steadily beefing up its streaming service, and if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, this latest announcement should persuade you and then some. Read on for details, and get those smart TVs ready!
From the Press Release
Full Moon Features is proud to announce their most exciting acquisition yet – fifty of cinema’s most obscure and beloved classics from the Blue Underground label will debut on their new subscription-based video streaming service, FullMoonStreaming.com, home to the entire Full Moon Features library.
Blue Underground titles will include Venom (a beloved thriller about a killer snake starring Klaus Kinski, Susan George, and Oliver Reed), Mondo Cane (the award-winning documentary that launched the whole “Mondo” craze of the Sixties), Contamination (a gory Italian homage to Alien), Violent City (the Charles Bronson action classic), Don’T Torture A Duckling (horror/thriller from Italian godfather of »
- Uncle Creepy
Since this week saw the home video release of Dario Argento's take on history's most iconic vampire tale, titled Dracula 3D, it seems only fitting that we shine the spotlight on bats here on Fearnet today. But not just any bats.... the world's largest bats!
They're called Megabats, and so large are they that they're oftentimes referred to as flying foxes. The largest recorded species of Megabat, giant golden-crowned flying foxes, are native to forests in the Philippines, and their wings span impressive lengths of up to six feet. At their largest, these creatures of the night tip the scales at nearly three pounds, primarily gobbling down fruits and sucking the sweet nectar out of flowers.
Unlike most bats, Megabats do not see through echolocation, but rather through their keen sense of smell. The belief is that these bats are so large that the echolocation mechanism inherent in bats just simply doesn't work, »
- John Squires
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
On this week's The Vault, we have a classic from the godfather of Italian horror: Dario Argento's Deep Red. Deep Red (or Profondo Rosso in Italy) is probably best remembered for that creepy doll and the classic score by Goblin. Joining us for Deep Red are special effects artist Greg McDougall (The Purge) and actor/comedian Josh Thompson (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson). While Josh may not be known as a "horror guy," he is a horror fan - and he does a killer Morgan Freeman impression that you must see to believe. (I swear, we didn't doctor it at all!)
Deep Red follows a pianist who witnesses the brutal murder of a famous psychic. He becomes embroiled in the case, but the deeper he gets, the more the bodies pile up. Deep Red marks the first collaboration of many between Argento and the band Goblin, led by frontman Claudio Simonetti. »
- Alyse Wax
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.
What's It About? »
- Jenni Miller
A young woman enters a crowded high-rise apartment elevator. She doesn’t notice the man next to her slipping on a pair of flesh-colored rubber gloves. Soon, they’re alone, and the mysterious stranger overtakes her with gleaming blade in hand. Brian De Palma’s twisted 1980 thriller Dressed to Kill took a page from this opening scene in Giuliano Carnimeo’s 1972 giallo The Case of the Bloody Iris (directed under the pseudonym Anthony Ascott). Carnimeo also borrows things, looking to Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace and Dario Argento’s playbook for the guise of his murderer and several stylistic choices. Giallo queen Edwige Fenech stars in the Ernesto Gastaldi-scripted story (also known as What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing on Jennifer's Body?) which pairs her with genre icon George Hilton again, months after the release of All the Colors of the Dark. There’s a »
- Alison Nastasi
Today's the day that we here at Fearnet crack open "The Vault" and unload some horrific goodies for all of you faithful supporters to enjoy! Every Thursday starting now through March, we'll be streaming free cult classic genre movies from horror maestros Dario Argento, George Romero, William Lustig, Gary Sherman and more! But as a bonus, we've gathered together a group of knowledgeable genre experts to record exclusive video commentaries for each and every one of these titles. So, let's kick it off in style, shall we?
First up? Lucio Fulci's 'Zombie!' And for this feature, we've got screenwriter Sean Keller ('Giallo,' the upcoming Nicolas Cage pic 'Tokarev') paired up with journalist Brian Collins (Badass Digest, Horror Movie A Day, Bloody-Disgusting) to give a running on-screen feature length commentary to one of Fulci's most well regarded horror movies. In this unofficial Italian sequel »
- Rob Galluzzo
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