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We're not sure what language "Tokarev" comes from, but we can only guess that translated into English it means, "collecting a pay check." Boasting low budgets and a pretty wheezy storyline, it's a reminder that for every decent movie Nicolas Cage does—like David Gordon Green's upcoming "Joe"—he's got about five more of these bargain bin efforts in the can. Co-starring Danny Glover and Peter Stormare, this effort comes from writers Jim Agnew and Sean Keller (the duo behind Dario Argento’s awful “Giallo”) and director Paco Cabezas (“Neon Flesh”), and tells the story of a former criminal on the hunt for his daughter’s kidnappers while trying not to slip back into his old violent ways. On the plus side, "Tokarev" looks like it could at least bring forth some more classic Cage animated gifs. On the minus side, it otherwise looks pretty unwatchable. The movie will drop sometime in 2014. Until then, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A spoof slasher film appeared in the discography of a fictitious band. Then it was constructed from snippets of 60 other movies. Now it's got its own making-of documentary
Do you remember the first time you saw the 80s exploitation horror classic Hiker Meat? Chances are you don't. Although it conjures up that innocent age when teenagers with Silvikrin locks and too-short shorts could get unironically butchered on camping holidays, Hiker Meat isn't quite what it appears to be. In fact, it doesn't even exist. Which makes it all the more peculiar that it is now the subject of a new making-of documentary called Rough Cut, an intriguing experiment that combines elements of Grindhouse and Berberian Sound Studio with a fanboy fondness for the slasher genre.
The title Hiker Meat first cropped up as an imaginary film score on the discography of a fictitious krautrock band, Lustfaust, co-created for an art »
- Ryan Gilbey
If you've ever seen the 2009 Belgian-French horror film Amer, then you know that the writing/directing duo of Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani are big fans of Italian Giallo cinema, taking particular inspiration from the visually rich artistry of Dario Argento. Up next from the pair is another heavily Giallo-inspired effort called The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears, centering around a husband's nightmarish journey to find his wife, who has mysteriously vanished.
Such big fans of Argento's work are Cattet and Forzani that they cut together a stunning visual essay for the French channel Arte which pays tribute to their hero, exploring and examining the themes and repeated images that are present in his many films - from black gloves to frightened eyeballs, breaking glass to a whole lot of water. In just four minutes, they've managed to pack everything we love about Dario Argento and his movies into the video, »
- John Squires
How fitting that I post this today on the same day that Goblin will be playing tonight in St. Louis. Goblin being the soundtrack behind some of the best Dario Argento films. Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani have had a career making arty films that paid tribute to giallo films not only through their images but through some of the amplified sounds. The duo has previously directed 2009′s Amer (which I love) and the “O is for Orgasm” segment of The ABCs of Death. 2014 will bring their latest film, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (aka L’Etrange Couleur Des Larmes De Ton Corps). There has been no word on if it will be released theatrically or via home video in the States but the film will premiere in March 2014 in Europe.
While we are at it, check out Cattet & Forzani’s video exploration of Dario Argento »
- Andy Triefenbach
Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best French movies of the year (and some others too), an announcement of a very exciting upcoming European production, plus a special Russian box office report!...
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Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film in 1970, as well as the Grand Jury and Fipresci Prize Winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Italian auteur Elio Petri’s Investigation Of a Citizen Above Suspicion gets a splendorous digital transfer from Criterion this month, a notable title that remains one of the director’s finest works, as absurdly surreal as it is bafflingly realistic in its depiction of Italy’s actual political situation during the time period. And, perhaps due to this depiction, but also in part due to Petri’s own left wing siding, its protagonist’s paranoia towards liberalism seems to unmask the evils allowed by a democracy as merely a pretty euphemism for fascism. But whatever Petri’s own political agenda may or may not be with this darkly comedic tale of a grotesque abuse of power, it certainly would be apt to describe the film as Kafkaesque »
- Nicholas Bell
He starred in Dario Argento’s first Giallo (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage), played a homicidal homosexual opposite Sinatra in The Detective, was ‘Uncle Pete’ in The Pope Of Greenwich Village, and even starred in a couple of fine Spaghetti Westerns. I liked actor Tony Musante who always turned in interesting performances, especially during the roguish bad-boy early phase of his career. He was especially memorable in The Incident (1967) as a young tough who terrorizes late-night passengers on a New York City train. Musante died last Tuesday in Manhattan of a hemorrhage while recovering from surgery. He was 77.
From The New York Times:
Tony Musante, a rugged-looking American actor who was seen on television, in films and on stage in the United States and Europe for over 50 years but who was probably best known for a TV series he left after one season, died on Tuesday in Manhattan…….
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- Tom Stockman
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on The Book, which brings together some of the biggest names in Italian horror, a trailer for Dead of the Nite, new releases from Cavity Colors, and much more:
First Details on The Book: “The Book sees the ultimate collaborative Italian horror film unfold before your very eyes. A one off project of unprecedented scale, The Book brings together, for the very first time, the writers, directors, actors, composers and artists behind the finest Italian genre cinema of the past sixty years. This includes the creative forces behind the Giallo movement, Spaghetti Westerns, Eurocrime and more. Each director will be given the opportunity to showcase their own personal vision of Rome, spread across a dozen episodes. Each segment in this feature film will contain a unique blend of macabre thriller, »
- Tamika Jones
VOD service TheHorrorShow.TV inks 50-film deal with Content Media Corp.
UK horror VOD site TheHorrorShow.TV has inked a deal with Content Media Corp for at least 50 films.
The non-exclusive deal includes The Machine, Mr Jones and Nothing Left to Fear, as well as catalogue titles including John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London, Dario Argento’s Tenebrae and Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Tony Musante, the popular character actor who was a fixture in Italian films and TV series, has died in a New York hospital at age 77. Musante, who brought intensity to all of his roles, was driven more by artistic satisfaction than a desire to make the big money. He made a splash with U.S. audiences in 1967 playing a thug who terrorizes passengers on a New York City subway train in the film The Incident. He won acclaim for his role as a gay man who is wrongly convicted and executed for murder in the 1968 Frank Sinatra film The Detective. He also had a co-starring role with George C. Scott in the 1971 crime film The Last Run and starred in director Dario Argento's 1970 cult classic The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. In 1973 he reluctantly starred in the TV series Toma about a maverick cop. Despite the show's ratings success, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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It's almost misleading to describe Satoshi Kon as an animation director. Although that's the medium he worked in, his films have little in common with such luminaries as Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki and Pixar's John Lasseter. Watching 1997's Perfect Blue, it's not the quality of the animation that grabs you, it's the storytelling. Kon's kindred spirits are directors like David Lynch, Dario Argento, Alfred Hitchcock and Darren Aronofsky; the last name in particular, as Aronofsky tried unsuccessfully to get a live-action remake of Perfect Blue made, having to make do with delivering "homages" such as the odd shot in Requiem For A Dream and huge chunks of the very similar Black Swan.
Perfect Blue follows Mima, a J-pop star who quits »
- Phelim O'Neill
More than anyone else, Chris Jericho is professional wrestling's renaissance man. While he's been known longest at a WWE superstar, he also has a metal band that tours around the world, has hosted game shows, done some acting and written two books
Now, Jericho has his very own web series, "But I'm Chris Jericho." The comedy series has a little fun with Jericho's own Hollywood experiences, while creating a world that's just a little too crazy to be true
Zap2it spoke with Chris about the series, along with a vast number of other topics. From "The Walking Dead" to podcasts and the rise of online media, Jericho has thoughts about it all, including what it would take to bring him back to WWE and his third autobiography.
Zap2it: Your appearance on "The Talking Dead" outed you as a big fan of "The Walking Dead." Is it just the show, »
Dario Argento once said, "Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back." Abertoir, Wales’ International Horror Festival that wrapped this past Sunday, November 10th, has been celebrating horror’s malleability and resilience for eight years.
This year you could find Argento’s operatic giallo style reinvented by French filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani in The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears; vampires got a makeover in Kiss of the Damned and Chimeres; ghosts found new life in Ghost Graduation, Forgotten, and Soulmate; found footage was resurrected as Catholic horror in Borderlands; and creature features took a strange turn with The Station and Bad Milo.
Festival director Gaz Bailey had to watch a lot of awful films to find the best the genre had to offer. And he looks for one thing above all else when selecting a film: originality. »
- Beth Accomando
Review Ryan Lambie 14 Nov 2013 - 06:17
Full of pet cheetahs with diamond-encrusted collars, sports cars, obscenely opulent parties and spectacularly bloody assassinations, Ridley Scott's The Counsellor is at once a blackly comic film about greed and a gloomily philosophical meditation on death.
Michael Fassbender is on suave form as the Counsellor of the title, a well-dressed lawyer who dabbles in drug running to help pay for his lavish lifestyle and the hugely expensive diamond he’s just purchased for the new love of his life, Laura (Penelope Cruz). But even as the Counsellor sweeps Laura off her feet with that sparkly new rock, his friend Reiner (Javier Bardem, with stunning hair as usual) warns of the potential consequences.
Quietly overseeing everything, there’s Malkina (Cameron Diaz), Reiner’s manipulative, »
It’s been ages since I’ve seen a WWII movie that can truly be called epic, and I have to say, Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk sure looks like he’s got the epicness down in his new WWII movie “Stalingrad”. I mean, guys on fire? Tanks blasting things to smithereens? An entire city choking on flames? And finally, well-timed slow-motion gunplay to achieve maximum pathos? What more could you want? Check out a slightly new (well, new-ish) trailer for the movie. I actually preferred the original trailer, with the Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” track, which made it so haunting. The only name I recognize from the cast is Thomas Kretschmann, who used to star in the canceled TV show “The River”, and is currently playing a very new version of Van Helsing in NBC’s “Dracula”. Which is ironic, because he also recently starred as Dracula in »
It's the most all-American of film genres, filled with he-men and black hats. But the western has given us some great movies: the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best
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10. Rancho Notorious
Like Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang moved effortlessly between genres; his "western period" scattered throughout his "urban crime" and "film noir" periods. Even now, 60 years on, Rancho Notorious remains one of the strangest westerns ever made, furthering Lang's fascination (obsession?) with retribution, which arguably started with the 1936 lynch-mob drama Fury, his first film as a German émigré in the Us.
Perversely, although the protagonist is the wronged Vern (Arthur Kennedy), whose fiancee has been raped and killed by bandits unknown, Lang's film - which, as we are constantly reminded by its theme song, tells a tale of "hate, »
By Todd Garbarini
Does the world really need another documentary about George A. Romero’s watershed 1968 zombie film Night of the Living Dead? After having watched a new documentary directed by Rob Kuhns called Birth of the Living Dead, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Horror films have arguably never been more popular than they are now. The Internet and compact digital devices such as iPads and cell phones have permitted people who normally would not be able to afford the type of equipment necessary to make a film the ability to do so. Consequently, “found footage” films and zombie epics like 28 Days Later (2002) prosper. Digital video and the explosion of computers and digital editing capability have become a filmmaker's best friend. This is a far cry from the conditions under which Mr. Romero and company made Night.
What Birth of the Living Dead does so well is pinpoint that exact moment in history, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Most home video releases are mass produced and marketed by faceless conglomerates interested only in separating you from your hard-earned cash. If you look closely though you’ll find smaller labels who love movies as much as you do and show it by delivering quality Blu-rays and DVDs of beloved films and cult classics, often loaded with special features, new transfers, and more. But yes, they still want your cash too. Top Shelf is our new bi-weekly look at these labels and the films they’re releasing. The movies won’t always be classics in the traditional sense and you may not even recognize the titles (or stars or directors), but somebody somewhere loves them which is enough of a reason for us to shine a light their way. This week we’re taking a look at two new releases from the UK’s Arrow Video. They’re the sleazier, more »
- Rob Hunter
U.S classic horror fans rejoice! Synapse Films, Inc. has acquired the North American home-video rights to Dario Argento's 1977 classic horror film Suspiria, with an original soundtrack by European prog-rockers Goblin. Described as “one of the scariest films of all time” by Entertainment Weekly, Suspiria stars Jessica Harper (Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, Woody Allen's Stardust Memories) as a young girl caught up in a coven of witches controlling a German dance academy, with a guest appearance by Udo Kier (Lars von Trier's Nymph( )Maniac, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein and Dracula). Synapse will work closely with Technicolor Rome and Technicolor Los Angeles to create an all-new high-definition 2K scan from the original negative for a possible 2014-15 video release. “It’s important to spend as much time as possible to create the definitive high-definition home video version for the fans,” May explains. “We’re going »
A handful of Dario Argento's classic Italian horror flicks have hit Blu-ray here in the states over the years, including Inferno and Deep Red. But what about Suspiria? It's one of the most requested Blu-ray releases within the horror community, fans eager to see the lush colors and visuals given new life in high definition, and yet it's never been given the high def treatment. That is... until now!
The folks over at Synapse Films have just announced that they've acquired the North American home-video rights to Argento's 1977 fan-favorite, with plans to release the film on Blu-ray, DVD and other forms of optical media. The company will work with Technicolor Rome and Technicolor Los Angeles to create a brand spankin' new high-definition 2K scan, sourced from the original negative. "It’s important to spend as much time as possible to create the definitive high-definition home video version for the fans, »
- John Squires
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