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‘Rabid Dogs’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

15 hours ago | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy, Maurice Poli, Maria Fabbri, Erika Dario, Luigi Antonio Guerra, Francesco Ferrini, Emilio Bonucci, Pino Manzari, Ettore Manni | Written by Alessandro Parenzo | Directed by Mario Bava

Mario Bava for me is a director I mostly know for horror films and his importance to not only Giallo but the slasher genre.  Now that Arrow Video have released Rabid Dogs on Blu-ray I see a new side to him, one that may have come too late for movie fans to fully enjoy but one that showed how good a director he truly was.

When a robbery goes wrong  a gang of crooks are forced to take a woman prisoner and end up hijacking a car taking the man inside and his sick son prisoner. Refusing to get out and allow the man to take his son to the hospital they force him to help them escape into the countryside. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Wild Bunch gets behind Mikhalkov’s Sunstroke

28 October 2014 12:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: French sales company also set to launch new films by Leconte and Delpy at Afm.

Wild Bunch has picked up sales on controversial Russia director Nikita Mikhalkov’s ambitious period drama Sunstroke,which it will launch internationally at the Afm.

“It’s a big budget, epic love story as only Mikhalkov knows how to deliver set just as the Russian revolution gains pace and the old Imperial era is destroyed forever,” said Wild Bunch sales chief Vincent Maraval.

The film revolves around a Tsarist soldier, awaiting his fate in a Bolsheviks-run prison camp, who recalls a short, passionate affair he once had with a beautiful and enigmatic married woman.

It is an adaptation of a 1927 novel by celebrated Nobel Prize-winning Russian novelist Ivan Bunin, written while he was living in exile in Paris.

Sunstroke was released in Russia at the beginning of October, after controversial premieres in the contested Crimean cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol in September »

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October 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut, Squirm, Deliver Us From Evil

27 October 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Clive Barker fans, this is the week we’ve all been patiently waiting for as Scream Factory is set to release the highly anticipated Director’s Cut of Nightbreed onto Blu-ray, forever filling the void that most us of Cabal enthusiasts have felt for many, many years.

Also coming home this week is Scott Derrickson’s supernatural thriller Deliver Us From Evil, Axelle Carolyn’s indie horror project Soulmate and the cult classic Planet of the Vampires gets a much-needed HD overhaul as well.

Other titles to keep an eye out for this week include Free Fall, Grace: The Possession, Red Nights as well as HD presentations of two oddball 70’s classics- Squirm and Werewolf Woman.

Spotlight Titles:

Deliver Us From Evil (Sony Home Entertainment, Blu-ray /Digital HD & DVD)

A New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) begins investigating a series of bizarre and disturbing inexplicable crimes. When he »

- Heather Wixson

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The Greatest Horror Anthology Film Segments of All Time

25 October 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Popular in the 1960s and early 1970s with more rare appearances in the 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s, the anthology-style horror film has made a solid resurgence in recent years with such portmanteau releases as The ABCs of Death films and the V/H/S series.

With Mexico Barbaro, Fear Paris and other projects in various stages of completion, the anthology horror film looks to continue to be an important part of the horror cinema landscape.

Some anthology films employ a framing or wraparound sequence in an attempt to connect the segments that make up the film while others dispense with this classic Amicus-style approach entirely and simply present a collection of short films connected by genre.

Either way, a horror anthology film is ultimately about the quality of its individual segments and this article will take you on a tour of the greatest horror anthology segments of all time. »

- Terek Puckett

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The Ten Best Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix Streaming

24 October 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Look at those monsters! Look familiar? It’s the We Are Movie Geeks gang getting ready for Halloween courtesy of Geek/Artist Jim Batts!

Speaking of our favorite holiday, it’s that time of year to dust off the horror DVDs and watch your favorite horror films. But what if you don’t have a big DVD collection? Well, there’s always Netflix – watch them now! I went through the Netflix streaming list of horror flicks and here’s what I came up with for the ten best horror movies that you can watch tonight…without leaving the house!

10. “The Legend of Hell House” (1973): An effectively spooky thriller from 1973 about a team of paranormal experts confronting ghosts in a haunted mansion is a prime example of how what you don’t see is often much more unnerving than what you do.

9. “Nosferatu” (1922): If you think a movie over 90-years-old can’t be scary, »

- Tom Stockman

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Ciff: “Miss Julie” and “The Editor”

22 October 2014 9:26 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Here are two films from the Chicago International Film Festival that couldn’t be more different.

First up I was Miss Julie, based on the play of the same title by August Strindber, directed by Liv Ullmann and stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and a pug. The general plot is simple, but the drama and themes, are rich and complex as it focuses on a single night where the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat seduces on of her servants. I’m not just saying this because of Ullmann’s legendary collaborations, but the film really does feel like a modern Ingmar Bergman film, particularly Through a Glass Darkly and Cries and Whispers. It is a highly emotional film about the dichotomy between sex and love and the pressures of class based societies. It is also an excellent actor’s showcase, with three powerful performances.

The next film I »

- Max Molinaro

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Rabid Dogs arrive on UK DVD & Blu

21 October 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Arrow Video has announced the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Mario Bava’s cult classic Rabid Dogs, which arrives in the UK on 27th October. This new deluxe release will include both Rabid Dogs, Bava’s original version posthumously completed from his notes, and Kidnapped, the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava’s son and assistant director Lamberto Bava, and producer Alfredo Leone. Mario Bava’s reputation as a filmmaker rests chiefly on his contribution to horror, particularly his baroque and beautiful Gothic chillers of the 1960s. All the more surprising that in the mid-1970s he should turn to the crime genre and create Cani arrabbiati (aka Rabid Dogs), an abrasive kidnap psychodrama that ranks alongside anything done by the better-known ‘tough guy’ directors of the day. Together with both versions of the film, this new disc will also feature a newly translated English subtitled track, »

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Satanic Sunday: Women Vs. the Devil

19 October 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Most female characters in film succumb to the Devil. They are used as vessels or conduits for the Anti-Christ, lesser demons or the grandiose ideas of an occult. More often than not- they are chased, seduced or beaten into submission by satanic happenings. But some of these women do display degrees of ingenuity, agency and physical prowess in their battle against coercion and the corruption of souls. Ranked from weakest characterization to strongest, the following list discusses the faculties that these women retain in the face of evil. (Minor spoilers ahead).

Mario Bava’s “Lisa and the Devil

Lisa Reiner in Lisa and the Devil (1973)

Lisa (Elke Sommer) is overtaken by the spirit of a long deceased woman named Elena and the Devil all at once. Trapped deep in her mind, we hardly know Lisa outside of her light, carefree existence as an American tourist right before her possession. Purely »

- Lane Scarberry

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40 Great Horror Films for the Halloween Season 3

17 October 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Movies 20-11

20. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) directed by Wes Craven

Before he was the one-line-loving, crassly, campy class clown known as Freddy, Fred Krueger was the stuff of genuine nightmares. Scarred and grinning in his striped wool sweater, Fred prowls the dreamscape realm of the local high schoolers, the children upon whom he once preyed before their parents got smart and burned him alive. Years ago, Fred was a janitor at the elementary school; he lured children into the boiler room, where, it’s insinuated, he molested and maimed the kids. Now, years later, he returns to haunt the dreams of the children of Suburbia, America. Craven conjures the most surreal imagery of his wildly uneven career here, and Robert Englund instills Craven’s iconic creation with sharp, wry kind of terror, his playful delivery still ironic before the sequels declawed him. He wears his ratty old fedora like »

- Greg Cwik

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Lff: The Duke Of Burgundy review

15 October 2014 4:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From the director of the one-of-a-kind sonic horror Berberian Sound Studio comes the equally unpredictable Duke Of Burgundy...

British writer-director Peter Strickland’s previous film was the unique blast of sound and surrealism, Berbarian Sound Studio, a frighteningly weird period piece about the making of a lurid Italian horror film and its sound engineer’s gradual sinking into madness.

Strickland's debut  saw him head to Transylvania to shoot Katalin Varga, a foreign-language revenge picture, with just £28,000 inherited from his uncle. With movies like those behind him, you can bet that what is ostensibly a drama about a commanding writer and butterfly collector, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her kinky relationship with her maid, Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) would have more going on than it first appears. Strickland’s previous fascination with the distinctive style of 60s and 70s Italian filmmaking continues here, with The Duke Of Burgundy’s fluid camerawork and »

- ryanlambie

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Nycc ’14 exclusive: “Strain” star reveals “Rabid Dogs” remake details

13 October 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

While chatting with Fangoria at this past weekend’s New York Comic-Con about his role as The Master in FX’s The Strain (more on that soon), towering actor Robert Maillet revealed his role in Rabid Dogs, the recently wrapped remake of Mario Bava’s thriller a.k.a. Kidnapped. A French-Canadian co-production, the new Rabid Dogs (a.k.a. ENRAGÉS) was […] »

- Michael Gingold

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Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath Will Terrify You Midnights This Weekend at The Hi-Pointe

5 October 2014 9:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“You have no reason to be afraid.”

Black Sabbath screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (October 10th and 11th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117)

A big round of applause to the gang at Destroy the Brain for reaching back in the vaults of time and choosing a midnight movie that terrified me as a child as this weekend’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse.

Although tripped out in LSD lights, Italian director Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath is a gem of a film, probably the scariest anthology ever made. Host Boris Karloff and company had in Mario Bava a director who knew how to address the real anxieties beneath the horror story, fear of death and the unknown. Even the clumsy re-arrangement of the American International version (the version that will be screened at the Hi-Pointe this weekend) could not rid this film of its impact.

The first, »

- Tom Stockman

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Black Sabbath is October’s Late Nite Grindhouse!

3 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Celebrating the 100 years of Mario Bava


A beautiful woman is terrorized by call from an ex-lover who has escaped from prison for the pleasure of killing her…a family becomes a feeding ground when their father returns home wounded after ridding the countryside of a hideous vampire…a nurse is haunted by reproaches from the Beyond after stealing a ring from the finger of a dead medium! Join Boris Karloff as he hosts (and stars in) this trilogy of terror tales.

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Be sure to RSVP for the day you are going. Admission is only $7 and we have our infamous pre-show for you that starts around 11:30pm!

Late Nite Grindhouse Presents

Black Sabbath’ Friday, October 10th, 2014


Saturday, October 11th, 2014 At The Hi-Pointe Theatre

Located at 1005 McCausland Avenue

Saint Louis, Mo Admission: »

- Andy Triefenbach

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The Editor Review | Tiff 2014

12 September 2014 5:59 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Check Out 5 Exclusive Stills From Midnight Madness Selection The Editor

12 September 2014 | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

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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Exploitation Alley: The House Of Exorcism (1974)!!!

1 September 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Exploitation Alley: The House Of Exorcism

If 1970′s possession films aren’t your thing, they probably should be. Most of the time they can be downright creepy, often the right amount of cheese, and there’s always a chance that you might get surprised with random boobs for no reason at all. Actually, I’m pretty sure that I just explained the film I chose for this week’s Exploitation Alley. So if any of those elements sounded appealing at all (and hopefully they did), then you are ready for the infamous film, The House Of Exorcism!!!!

Released in 1973 and directed by Mario Bava (which you can totally tell if you have seen any of his other films), Lisa And The Devil was a commercial bust, leading the film to be somewhat taken over by Alfredo Leone (under the name of Mickey Lion), who then re-edited and reshot a huge »

- Natty

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Venice: Q And A With Saverio Costanzo, Director Of Adam Driver-Starrer ‘Hungry Hearts’

1 September 2014 1:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Frightfest 2014: ‘Starry Eyes’ Review

23 August 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Nick Simmons, Maria Olsen, Marc Senter, Louis Dezseran | Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. After a series of weird auditions at the mysterious Astraeus Pictures, she lands her dream part. But with this opportunity comes with ramifications that will change her life… literally.

Part occult tale of ambition, possession and the true cost of fame and fortune. Skilfully and scarily showing the ways in which tarnished Tinsel Town can turn a sweet starlet into an ego-maniacal monster, this nightmarish tragedy reveals for all to see what it means when actors talk about putting their soul on the screen.

Yet another example of a slow-burning horror movie, Starry Eyes has a very old-school feel about it. »

- Phil Wheat

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Watch The Gorgeous Trailer For Gothic Puppet Horror The Mill At Calder's End

22 August 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Don't call Kevin McTurk an animator. Because he's not. No, he doesn't work with live actors and, yes, his characters are crafted and manipulated by hand, but that's where the similarity to stop motion animation ends. McTurk is not an animator but a creature designer and puppeteer and a damn fine one at that. And his latest creation - the gothic horror The Mill At Calder's End - looks absolutely gorgeous.In this gothic puppet tale, Nicholas Grimshaw has returned home to unearth the dark secret of the Mill at Calder's End.Citing the influence of Hp Lovecraft, Edgar Alan Poe, Mario Bava and Jim Henson; boasting the voice talent of Jason Flemyng and Barbara Steele; featuring Hellboy creator Mike Mignola among its concept artists and boasting...

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Toronto: Horror-rama Convention Presents “Black Sunday” Hosted by Barbara Steele

21 August 2014 5:51 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Toronto-based horror convention Horror-rama, a two-day fan event happening in Toronto, Canada this November 1-2, 2014 (check out the preliminary news item here) is excited to announce the official off-site Saturday night screening: Mario Bava’s classic Italian horror film Black Sunday, hosted by its star and Horror-rama guest of honor, Barbara Steele! The screening will happen at The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles […] »

- Fangoria Staff

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