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Considered the world’s largest genre film festival and running over three weeks long, Fantasia is celebrating its 19th edition this year and the lineup is pretty incredible. This year’s fest runs July 14 through August 4 and will see over 130 feature films including more than 20 world premieres. Legendary filmmaker Sion Sono is delivering three new movies with Tag, Love & Peace, and Shinjuku Swan, meanwhile Tales of Halloween and A Christmas Horror Story are bringing horror anthologies back to the big screen. In addition, the festival will offer up the Montreal premiere of Marvel’s highly anticipated Ant-Man, the world premiere of Israeli horror flick Jeruzalem, the world premiere of Assassination Classroom and the first Canadian screening of the Canadian/Kiwi festival hit Turbo Kid. The festival is rounded out with screenings of Big Match, Crumbs, Deathgasm, The Demolisher, Experimenter, Cooties, We Are Still Here, The Editor, Cub, He Never Died, »
A Spaghetti Western with a French director and star may seem an odd combination, but this is exactly what we get with Cemetery Without Crosses aka The Rope and the Colt. Inspired by the success of the Dollars trilogy and dedicated to Sergio Leone, this is yet another addition to the Arrow Video classic releases.
After a family of Bandits lynches her husband, Maria Caine (Michèle Mercier) turns to old an old friend Manuel (Robert Hossein) to exact her revenge. At first reluctant to help, he finally gives in, donning his black glove and infiltrating the family to force a showdown between them and Caine which may just lead to all of their dooms.
Directed by and starring Robert Hossein, the first thing that makes the Western stand out is the catchy theme song sung by Scott Walker. The lynching this leads into sets up the revenge and leads us to the introduction of Manuel, »
- Paul Metcalf
A horrifying incident two years ago involving a friend of Mirko Grillini gave the writer/producer/actor an idea for a psychological thriller with supernatural elements.
Entitled Lies Never Die, the plot follows Sarah Peterson,. a successful homeopath who with her husband Rick returns to the town where she was born to try out a new treatment in an old mental hospital. A terrifying presence begins to infiltrate their house and to influence their lives.
The Italian-born Mirko and his production designer wife Amanda, who operate as Diciotto Productions, attached Us directors Lydelle Jackson and Cezil Reed after meeting them at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles.
- Don Groves
Arrow Films & Video have announced its line-up of new Blu-ray releases for October 2015, and once again there are some gems in the list. Chief amongst them are Clive Barker’s first three Hellraiser films in a limited-edition “Scarlet Box”, and a remastered box-set of films directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Kiju Yoshida.
You can check out the full list of films and their special features below, as well as the release dates of the Blu-ray’s with some available in both the UK and Us.
Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead. Barker’s original Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, follows Kirsty »
- Scott J. Davis
Darren Lynn Bousman and company's Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival screening tour in the U.S. will commence this August in Los Angeles. Also in this round-up: details on The Charnel House and U.S. release details for the Morituris Blu-ray / DVD.
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival: In 2012, director Darren Lynn Bousman and his team hit the road and took Lucifer with them, bringing The Devil's Carnival film and accompanying live entertainment to cities across America. Bousman and company are now back to raise a lot of hell and a little heaven in Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.
Featuring David Hasselhoff, Paul Sorvino as God, and Terrance Zdunich as Lucifer, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival kicks off its U.S. theater screenings tour on August 11th in Los Angeles. For tour and ticket info, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, »
- Tamika Jones
I am a self-proclaimed giallo fiend. I didn’t really care that much for horror (outside the tentpole films like Alien and Dawn Of The Dead) until I saw Suspiria for the first time. The Dawn of the Dead score is a fantastic one but it lurks and shadows the film, waiting for the right moment to attack, differentiating itself by merit of mixing soundscapes with dissonance. Goblin’s score for Suspiria is a musical black swan, emerging fully-formed from the magickal intersection of prog, psychedelia and the cinematic works of Goblin’s forbears Stelvio Cipriani and Bruno Nicolai. It wasn’t subtle (or even, arguably, a suitable film score) but, at the same time, it had a mystique and richness unlike any score before it. At the time, the band Goblin was comprised of five players: Massimo (guitars), Fabio (bass), Agostino (drums), uncredited keyboardist Maurizio and lead composer Claudio Simonetti. »
- Chris Melkus
About halfway through the pilot of MTV's Scream, adapted from the Wes Craven franchise of the same name, Noah (John Karna), a nerdy teen, goes meta and describes the challenges of adapting a slasher film for television. It's meant to be playful, but the entire discussion, in which Dario Argento and Horace Walpole are name-dropped, lands with a thud, bereft of the little details or sense of genuine fandom that added flavor to similar diatribes delivered by Jamie Kennedy's character in the first two Scream films. It would be one thing if the Scream series was attempting to subvert or comment on current horror trends - rampant self-seriousness, hectic and uncaring camerawork, lazy auditory scares, etc. - but as the pilot brazenly admits, that's not what this show is about. [caption id="attachment_479785" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via MTV[/caption] Instead, as Noah once again opines, Scream is meant to be Friday Night Lights with a body count, »
- Chris Cabin
Projects come and go, but one I'm disappointed it never saw the light of day is David Gordon Green's remake of Dario Argento's "Suspiria." Slated to star Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Fuhrman, Janet McTeer, Michael Nyqvist and Antje Traue, the film was financed and ready to go before it ran into legal trouble and then wound up not getting made. And Green laments he never got his shot. Read More: The Lost, Unmade & Abandoned Projects Of Director David Gordon Green "[It] would have been the s**t… I wrote it with my sound designer. I love Argento’s film and we wrote a very faithful, extremely elegant opera… I don’t mean musical opera, but it would be incredibly heightened music, and heightened and very operatic and elegant sets," he told Crave. However, Green says his vision just wasn't in line with what studio culture was looking for. "I wanted »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Fuhrman, Janet McTeer, Michael Nyqvist and Antje Traue were all slated to star in the film which had financing in place, but ran afoul of legal issues and ultimately didn't get made.
In a new interview with Crave, Green says his vision for the project clashed with what studio culture was looking for:
"[It] would have been the s**t… I wrote it with my sound designer. I love Argento's film and we wrote a very faithful, extremely elegant opera… I don't mean musical opera, but it would be incredibly heightened music, and heightened and very operatic and elegant sets.
I wanted it to be a horror film. And a horror movie, at the time when we were modeling that movie, »
- Garth Franklin
For quite some time, Pineapple Express, Joe and George Washington director David Gordon Green has hoped to remake Suspiria, Dario Argento’s immortal Italian horror film. Despite our remake-heavy period, many bristle at the concept, as Suspiria seems so closely tied to Argento’s directorial identity. Who could match its madness? But Green is a peculiar and…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Rome — Actress Laura Antonelli, who became an Italian sex symbol in the 1970s and worked with masters Luchino Visconti, Dino Risi, and Ettore Scola, proving her true thesping talent over a career spanning 45 movies during almost four decades, died Monday at her home in Ladispoli near Rome. She was 73.
Antonelli died of a heart attack in modest housing provided by Ladispoli social services in 2009. Her career had taken a tragic turn in the 1990s after cocaine-related charges were pressed against her in 1991. She was cleared of the charges in 2006.
Born Laura Antonaz in 1941, in Pola, which is now in Croatia but was then part of Italy, Laura Antonelli grew up in Italian post-World War II refugee camps before her family subsequently relocated to Naples.
After starting out making TV commercials for soft drinks and bedsheets she landed minor roles in Italian erotic genre movies and comedies, including Mario Bava’s »
- Nick Vivarelli
Another big week of DVD and Blu-ray releases for genre fans out there as we’ve got several cult classics coming to Blu-ray and more than a dozen indie films headed home on DVD as well on June 23rd. Scream Factory is showing Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers some love on Tuesday with their Collector’s Edition Combo set and Kino Lorber is also giving a high-def overhaul to both Needful Things and The Island of Dr. Moreau too. The provocative horror fantasy Horsehead is also arriving on both Blu and DVD and for any longtime Ryan Gosling fans out there, you’ll undoubtedly want to snag a copy of Young Hercules: The Complete Series which is coming to DVD for the first time ever this week.
A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on »
- Heather Wixson
Fault in Our Tastes: Teenage Death Gets Warmed Over in Gomez-Rejon’s Celebrated Sophomore Film
Taking home the Grand Jury and Audience prize following its warmly received premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s sophomore film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is set to blaze through its welcoming audience of American indie quirk cinema. At heart, this is yet another example of maudlin angst repackaged in brighter colors meant to affix itself within the appropriateness of modern mainstream appeal concerning teens touched by cancer, recalling a similarly celebrated The Fault in Our Stars (2014). The friendship at the center of this narrative remains surprisingly platonic, but the mechanics of this endeavor are still rooted in basic tropes.
The big C could just as easily be replaced by the standard class issues breaking apart heterosexual youths, friends with benefits or otherwise, over the past century of cinema (Romeo »
- Nicholas Bell
Home video wizard Don May, Jr. is currently hard at work on what is likely one of the most anticipated titles in Synapse history: the 4K restoration Blu of Dario Argento’s immortal Suspiria. Though restoration and color isn’t final, the Synapse founder has been sharing images from the process, giving many a look into just how…
The post Suspiria: Early Looks at Upcoming Synapse Restoration appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Sean Keller is a jack of all trades, and if you disagree with that statement, chances are that you don’t know the guy. One helluva singer/songwriter, a screenwriter who has written for horror legends Dario Argento (Giallo) and John Carpenter (the Great L.A. Gothic, which sadly fell through), Nicolas Cage (Keller co-wrote one of Cage’s best films in recent years, Rage), and is continually working and writing with fervor. Did we mention he was also on Jeopardy once?
While we were planning on originally kicking off our Fictional Frights column with my drugged out race to the death, “I’m Tired of Dying,” when Icons of Fright friend Keller sent us one of the most rock n’roll horror stories around, “Red Noise“, we couldn’t resist but to kick things off with one hell of a story. So, put on your leather boots, dust off »
- Jerry Smith
My first foray into Italian horror was Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1980), seen as a delightfully repulsed 10 year old. However, Dario Argento’s Deep Red (Profondo Rosso if you’re Italian) was the first Italian horror film that actually intrigued me; same age, but very different feelings. The repulsion was there, that base fear, but set within a framework of beautifully rendered images. I didn’t know much about art, but it felt like that’s what I was watching.
Released in March of 1975, Deep Red was the latest thriller from Argento in the giallo style; an Italian term which has generally become known to mean a gruesome, lurid detective story; so called due to the fact that the original Italian pulp novels a lot of these stories pay homage to were written on yellow, or giallo, paper. Argento was already making a name for himself worldwide with previous efforts in »
- Scott Drebit
Movie theater-dwelling demons, shambling zombies, and gore galore will be shown on the silver screen this weekend at the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre's Zombiefest in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, covering three days and featuring nine living dead films.
Drive-In Zombiefest runs from Friday, May 22nd to Sunday, May 24th. Each evening, the gates open at 6:00pm and the reels start rolling at dusk. Tickets cost $10.00 apiece each night.
From Drive-In Zombiefest: "Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre present:
A weekend-long retrospective of nine walking dead favorites shown from 35mm film!
Friday, May 22nd:
Day Of The Dead (1985)- Cooped up in a military base in an abandoned mine, scientists desperately search for cure to the outbreak of walking death that has plagued the world. A 30th anniversary screening of George A. Romero's claustrophobic finale to his classic original undead trilogy!
Messiah Of Evil (1974)- A woman's search for »
- Derek Anderson
I’ve said it many times before and I’ve no doubt I’ll say it many times again, but Canadians know how to make damn good horror flicks and guess what? They also know how to do great retro-grindhouse flicks too! Yes Discopath, the tale of a man turned to murder by the beat, is another fantastic genre flick from the land that brought us He Knows You’re Alone, My Bloody Valentine and the more recent Antisocial.
Writer/director Renaud Gauthier made his name as a music video director, so it should come as no surprise that music features heavily in his first feature film, Discopath, an epic tale of trauma and turntables:
It’s 1976, Donna Summer tops the charts and everyone believes in mirror balls. Except Manhattan burger cook Duane »
- Phil Wheat
By Todd Garbarini
“The dark corners of the human mind are the deepest dark, I believe, of anything in the universe,” once said author, playwright, producer, and director Arch Oboler in describing his infamous radio plays of the 1930s and 1940s which aired on NBC under the title of Lights Out! It is no secret that some of the world's most well-known artists, everyone from author Edgar Allan Poe to film director Dario Argento, have channeled nightmarish experiences from their childhood and woven them into the very fabric of their stories and films. The late great surrealist Swiss artist Hans Rudolf Giger, known internationally as H.R. Giger, also sublimated his fears and frustrations into startling and often horrific imagery that coupled man with machinery as he explored the triptych of existence: birth, life, and death. Audiences are taken behind the scenes of this master painter in the elegiac final days »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Argentina's Valentin Javier Diment won himself a lot of love in these pages with his La Memoria Del Muerto (Memory of the Dead), his deliriously strange 2011 effort that played like the bastard love child of Sam Raimi and Dario Argento. And while Diment has certainly kept himself busy in the years since as a producer, writer and director he has not returned to the director's chair until now with El Eslabon Podrido (The Rotten Link).A dark - you might even say grisly - black comedy about the residents of a remote village turning on one another, Diment's latest has been selected to take part in the Blood Window Galas at the Cannes Marche du Film and we've got the first trailer - subtitles included...
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