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Genre: Horror Production year: 1985
Director: Lamberto Bava
They Will Make Cemeteries Their Cathedrals, And Cities Will Be Your Tombs!
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We feature a lot of metal videos on the Twisted Music Video Of The Week series, so this week we’re going into a different genre, one that’s a little more relaxing. That’s why we’re featuring “hazy dream pop” duo Phantogram and their video for “Don’t Move”, which is shot almost like a Dario Argento film, […] »
One of the most fondly remembered eras in fright-film history is the golden age of Italian gore – a prolific period that brought such directors as Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Lucio Fulci to international attention and acclaim. Spawning all number of surreal sub-genres, including black-gloved killer-thrillers and stomach-churning cannibal adventures, this is a time that continues to crib a fresh generation of fascinated fans.
As such, 88 Italian have announced the UK Blu-ray release Zombi Holocaust (1980) and Burial Ground aka Nights of Terror (1981) – a pair of plasma-packed pot-boilers that could only have been dreamt up during the bygone boom in Euro-terror eccentricity.
In Burial Ground, the carcass-crunching action comes thick and fast as veteran director Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude For Your Killer) evokes the sinister spirit of Lucio Fulci and George Romero. Also known as The Zombie Dead, Bianchi’s bout of bloodstained brilliance has a pack of ghoulish predators entrap »
- Phil Wheat
The sweet Manitoba chaps behind Astron-6 have been cranking out homemade tongue-in-cheek trash epics like Father’s Day and Manborg for a while now, but nothing they’ve done thus far will prepare you for The Editor. Granted, it’s a movie that is about as inside baseball as it gets. If you don’t even know what the word giallo is referring to, you’ll still laugh because these guys are almost too funny for their own good. However, if you’re someone who savors the same Italian horror flicks as co-directors Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy clearly do, then The Editor will knock you on your ass with its perfect reaction of the gorgeous visuals and indeliberate comedy that defines the genre. Hit the jump for my The Editor review. For those who don’t know, Astron-6 is a filmmaking collective from the wilds of Manitoba, Canada. It »
- Phil Brown
Ahead of its big premiere tonight at Midnight Madness in Toronto, we've got Five Exclusive stills for you from Matthew Kennedy & Adam Brooks' giallo sendup The Editor. A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders, in this loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.Take a gander at all five in the gallery below....
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Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani have been quietly making their personal visions into vivid realities in Belgium for almost fifteen years. They began with short films (Catharsis and Chambre jaune) but it was their 2009 debut feature Amer that broke through, not only astonishing the world-premiere audience at the 15th Lund International Fantastic Film Festival but also ending up on Quentin Tarantino’s 20 Best of the Year list. Their first decade of filmmaking used a very bold brush dipped deeply in the viscous ink of seventies Italian giallo films (think Dario Argento’s unseen phantoms—black-gloved, multicolored and backlit). But the entwined pair have now issued a crime film that moves even deeper into space and sound. For those ready to take the plunge, their latest, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, is a sumptuous bath. »
The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:
We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!
Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »
- Phil Wheat
Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!
Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!
Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »
- Debi Moore
The organisers of Grimmfest have finally sated the thirst (for blood...?) of anticipant horror fans by announcing the line-up for the 2014 festival. With screenings from around the world this is set to be not only the biggest, but the most diverse festival yet and one that must not be missed! As well as the opening night details already released and the extremely exciting appearance by Goblin playing live accompaniment to Dario Argento's horror classic Suspiria there are a host of films certain to wet any appetite. »
The Jumpcut Cafe has long been the hangout spot for the horror crowd in Hollywood, and for very good reason. Not only does the cafe feature screenings of both popular and hard to find classic horror films, but it also showcases new films by some of the most exciting young talents working in Hollywood today. Curator Elric Kane has a very eclectic taste in movies, and is a smart programmer who reaches far into the indie horror community find the best, most cutting-edge short films possible. What follows are my favorite films of the night, in no particular order.
Far Out, directed by Phil Mucci, opened the night. Far Out is a, well, far out vampire flick that takes place during the swinging sixties. The film perfectly captures the mood and look of a space age, mod bachelor pad shindig. Far out is a fun, at times »
Italian director Saverio Costanzo broke out internationally in 2004 with “Private,” which was set in a Palestinian home in an occupied zone. “Hungry Hearts,” his fourth feature, in competition at Venice and also screening in Toronto, is instead set in New York where Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) fall in love and have a child whom Mina wants to protect from the outside world and its contamination through a nutritional regiment that puts his life in danger. Costanzo spoke about “Hungry Hearts,” a rare case of an Italian pic with a New York indie feel, with Variety’s Nick Vivarelli.
Q:The book is set in Italy, why did you transpose it to the Upper West Side?
A: It seemed impossible for me to set it in Italy. Italian cities are not as violent, but also not as powerful as New York. And the whole food disorder issue: ‘where »
- Nick Vivarelli
“They will make cemeteries their cathedrals, and the cities will be your tombs.” Deadly spirits run rampant through a movie theater crowd in the 1985 Italian horror film, Demons, directed by Lamberto Bava and co-written/produced by Dario Argento. If you have fond memories of this cult horror hit, then you might be interested in Cavity Colors’ new shirt and print inspired by Demons.
Available now and set to ship on September 4th, Cavity Colors’ “Demons” T-shirt depicts the face-wrenching malevolent spirits of the film and is listed at $23. The “soft 2 color screenprint on 100% ring-spun cotton t-shirt” comes in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Artist Aaron Crawford’s original “Demons” design is also showcased on a limited edition 16″ by 20″ print that is limited to 50 signed and numbered items that are $30 apiece and set to ship on September 1st.
In addition to the “Demons” T-shirt, Cavity Colors has also come out with a “Monsterhouse 2″ shirt, »
- Derek Anderson
Since 1988, the Midnight Madness slate at the Toronto International Film Festival has catered to a boisterous bunch of night-dwelling denizens looking for something off-beat from their Fest experience. Over the last quarter-century, selections have included films from legends such as George A. Romero and Dario Argento, and early films by the likes of Peter Jackson. Midnight Madness has even been the springboard for loads of directors, including Eli Roth.
What's unique about this genre slate is that it's programmed by a single individual. These are 10 films handpicked by one very knowledgeable host, Colin Geddes. A fan's fan, he's a guy that started out as a member of those early audiences, parlaying his passions into taking over from Noah Cowan back in 1998, shepherding it into one of the most entertaining and cinematically engaging aspects of this annual festival.
Moviefone Canada spoke to Colin over lunch days after this year's selection was announced. »
- Jason Gorber
Let me tell ya, creeps, nothin’ gets the ol’ Xiii’s motor hummin’ quite like a fright flick that is more akin to a fever dream than one of yer more pedestrian linear narratives. And for my money (roughly equivalent to $1.32 Us cash and a third party, out of state, presumably bad check for $16.45), no one does it better than Director Dante Tomaselli! So, before we begin our regularly scheduled revoltin’ reviews (this week featuring Varsity Blood, Jersey Shore Massacre and The Possession Of Michael King) and other assorted jackanappery, let’s check in with ol’ Dante to see what bats stir in his belfry of the damned!
Famous Monsters. Since Famous Monsters is a monster mag of world renown (besides being a website full o’ great guys gals and ghouls), what putrid periodicals did you enjoy in yer frightful formative years?
Dante Tomaselli. Creepy and Eerie were sold at »
In the upcoming indie thriller The Canal, Irish filmmaker Ivan Kavanaugh cooks up a slow-burn mystery with a supernatural twist that also packs a few guttural punches and does a great job of maintaining a pulsing sense of tension. The story may not necessarily be the most original horror yarn you’ll see this year, but it’s Kavanaugh’s keen ability to craft startling visuals and execute a flawless sound design that elevates The Canal beyond many of its similarly-themed peers.
The Canal follows a film archivist, named David (Rupert Evans), whose personal life begins to unravel right around the same time he stumbles upon footage from a notorious murder case from the early 1900’s. The footage reveals that his very own home was the setting for a mass murder of a young family, much like his own. As he begins to suspect that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra »
- Heather Wixson
The term “giallo” initially refers to cheap yellow paperbacks, that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. For Italian audiences, the term is used to refer to any kind of thriller, regardless of where it was made. For English-speaking audiences, the term has over time come to refer to a very specific type of Italian-produced thriller that takes advantage of modern cinematic techniques to create a unique genre which unapologetically explores violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The giallo film genre proved to be a major influence on American slasher films but giallos remain stylistically different from American crime films.
The Editor is described as a tribute to the Italian giallo genre: A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders, in this tribute to the 70′s thrillers of Mario Bava. Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento. »
Just in time for its 40th year anniversary, Shout Factory has amassed a glorious Blu-ray remastering of Brian De Palma’s 1974 classic, Phantom of the Paradise. A glam-rock musical that’s enjoyed a sizeable cult following after an initial muted theatrical release, it represents the filmmaker’s most enjoyable attempt at comedy in this vintage satire about consumerism vs. creative control.
On the eve of unveiling his glam rock palace The Paradise, cutthroat music mogul Swan is struggling with how to open with just the right song to be performed by doo-wop group the Juicy Fruits (modeled after Sha Na Na). When Swan hears the music of aspiring singer songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finely, a De Palma regular), he decides he wants his music, an epic cantata modernizing Faust, but not the man. After his tunes are stolen, the songwriter tries to barge his way into Swan’s rehearsals but is thrown out, »
- Nicholas Bell
For many years I was the head of film programming for the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, a non-profit film group that currently runs the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. As part of my job I tried to keep my finger to the pulse of national cinemas from around the globe, both new and old, by combing through festival catalogues, talking to other programmers and watching as many movies as I could get my hands on (much of these in the old VHS days!)
In the 1990s and early 2000s I saw the rediscovery of some amazing bodies of world cinema such as Italian Horror and Giallo Cinema from the 1960s & 1970s by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and Japanese Outlaw Cinema from the same period by hard-hitting genre filmmakers like Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki and Kihachi Okamoto. But one thing I didn’t see, in repertory film calendars, »
- Dennis Bartok
Playing as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival is the upcoming giallo-comedy The Editor. Check out this new and nippular retro-poster!
A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.
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- Steve Barton
By Darren Allison
Following the break-up of Emerson, Lake and Palmer at the end of the 1970s, Keith Emerson ventured into the world of film soundtrack composition with his score for Italian director Dario Aregento’s horror film Inferno in 1980. This, in turn, led to Emerson being commissioned to compose and perform the music for the Sylvester Stallone film Nighthawks in 1981. From here a succession of film scores were to follow for directors in Italy, Japan and the United States. At the Movies gathers together Emerson’s music for seven movies including Nighthawks, Best Revenge, Inferno, La Chiesa (The Church), "Muderock, Harmagedon and Godzilla Final Wars.
Disc One (Us Movies) contains 2 full soundtracks. Firstly, there is Nighthawks (1981) an enjoyable cop thriller from Sylvester Stallone. The movie co-starred Billy Dee Williams as Stallone’s partner, Lindsey Wagner (of TVs Bionic Woman fame) as the love interest and Rutger Hauer as terrorist Heymar Reinhardt. »
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