20 items from 2015
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner, Ariana Gorini, Dante Dipaolo, Mary Arden, Franco Ressel, Claude Dantes, Luciano Pigozzi, Lea Krugher, Massimo Righi | Written by Marcello Fondato | Directed by Mario Bava
Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace may not be the first Giallo film but it is the one that many took inspiration from and the genre itself formed from, especially the themes and style. When a young model is killed by a mysterious masked figure she leaves behind a diary which may hold evidence as to the identity of her assailant. As more women from the same fashion house die at the hands of the killer the police try to find the culprit. In a tale of blood and blackmail, can they stop the killer before it is too late?
Blood and Black Lace is a movie that flits not only between genres but also somewhat bravely for »
- Paul Metcalf
Blood & Black Lace, 1964.
Directed by Mario Bava.
A fashion house full of beautiful models becomes the setting for a bloodbath at the hands of a mysterious killer.
The film most recognised as kickstarting the giallo genre, Mario Bava’s 1964 thriller Blood & Black Lace has been given a complete restoration by Arrow Films, and if any of Bava’s films – particularly his earlier works – lend themselves to such a task than this is it. Not because it is a film that needs to be tidied up as much as it is such a visually striking film that not to be able to see it in as vivid and clean a print as possible would be as much of a crime as the events in it.
Like many of the giallo films that followed it, Blood & Black Lace »
- Gary Collinson
In the enduring, boundless shadow of Sergio Leone’s legacy, a deluge of neglected and forgotten Italian genre titles languish undeservedly, ready for rediscovery. Arrow Video has dusted off a masterful example long overdue, Tonino Valerii’s 1967 sophomore feature, Day of Anger (aka Gunlaw). Valerii worked as Leone’s assistant on A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More before launching his own directorial career, re-fashioning the villainous energy of Lee Van Cleef in the actor’s effort to break out on his own. Scripted by Italian genre regular Ernesto Gastaldi (who worked with many masters of giallo film, including Mario Bava, and Sergio Martino), the overtly familiar narrative does little to hamper the enjoyable performances of Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma, replete with several memorable action sequences and set pieces that assist in elevating the title to its deserved reputation.
- Nicholas Bell
This Sunday "Salem" Season 2 is coming to Wgn America, a network we all just learned about sometime last year. In celebration of the new season, which will co-star our presumptive Heroes vs. Villains 2015 champion Lucy Lawless, I've rounded up a list of five worthwhile witch movies to stream online right now. "Black Sunday" (Netflix) Mario Bava's 1960 B&W chiller stars the enormous-eyed Barbara Steele in a dual role as a reincarnated witch from the 17th century and her beautiful lookalike descendant, whom she has returned from beyond the grave to possess. A moody Gothic fright film featuring horror legend Steele in arguably her most iconic role. "Teen Witch" (Netflix) The unintentionally funny 1989 musical best known for its ill-advised "rap" number "Top That" stars Robyn Lively as an unpopular high schooler who discovers she's descended from the witches of Salem. She goes on to use her newly-discovered powers to win »
- Chris Eggertsen
For the final week of February, horror fans have several fun cult classics getting a high definition upgrade this Tuesday, including New Year’s Evil from Scream Factory, Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To and the unforgettable Black Sunday from Mario Bava. Also coming to DVD are several indie thrillers including VANish and The Intruders as well as the upcoming horror comedy Amityville Death House and the 70’s shocker A Candle for the Devil (aka It Happened at Nightmare Inn).
When Mario Bava's groundbreaking Black Sunday was introduced to the U.S. market, American International Pictures retooled the film for the release. In addition to being redubbed in English, the film was given a new musical score and re-edited.
In one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in movie history, Mario Bava bridged the gap between the gothic horror picture »
- Heather Wixson
Beginning his acting career very young, Fear Clinic‘s Thomas Dekker has worked with everyone from John Carpenter to Jerry Seinfeld and most people in between. Always jumping into each role and doing a hell of a job with them, Dekker’s always good, even if certain films might not have been (I’m not the biggest fan of the A Nightmare On Elm Street remake, but still liked what Dekker brought to the table). When Dekker was cast as a young John Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, he met and began a creatively rich working relationship with FX maestro Rob Hall, who went on to cast Dekker in both Laid To Rest films, as well as Fear Clinic. Playing Blake, a mysterious (and somewhat catatonic) survivor of a shooting which comes to the film’s Fear Clinic to be cured of his fears, Dekker does an excellent »
- Jerry Smith
Italian genre cinema is known for its baroque titles—some films seem to boast more names than cast members. Post-war filmmakers were driven to market their movies to as wide an audience as possible, banking on popular trends. But the absurdly long collection of titles attached to Mario Bava’s 1971 film A Bay of Blood (aka Twitch…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Mvd Entertainment Group continues to distribute Arrow Video in North America with a strong schedule of April 2015 releases receiving the deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork:
"Blood and Black Lace" (Blu-ray / DVD), plus a Limited Edition Steelbook, follows "...the 'Cristiana Haute Couture' fashion house, a home to models, backstabbing, blackmail, drug deals and murder. This influential film by director Mario Bava, newly restored from the original camera negative, would have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese..."
"Massacre Gun" on Blu-ray and DVD, stars Jo Shishido in a classic 'yakuza' action film directed by Yasuharu Hasebe, following
"...'Kuroda' (Shishido), a mob associate who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers are hot-headed 'Eiji' (Tatsuya Fuji) and aspiring boxer 'SaburÃ´' (JirÃ´ Okazaki), as the trio escalate their retaliation to an all-out »
- Michael Stevens
There was more than one way to enjoy Mario Bava’s Black Sunday when it came out in the early 1960’s. After making its Italy debut in ’60, an alternate version of Black Sunday hit the silver screen in the Us, giving audiences a re-edited look at the reign of terror caused by Asa Vajda’s (Barbara Steele) curse, and soon the folks at Kino Lorber will bring this Us release version of Black Sunday out on Blu-ray.
Kino Lorber revealed that their Blu-ray of the Us release version of Mario Bava’s Black Sunday will be available beginning February 24th. The Blu-ray includes a high-definition upgrade of elements from the original 35mm film and features the re-edits made by American International Pictures back in the early 1960s before the movie was shown to Us audiences.
This version of Black Sunday also includes other alterations made by the Aip, such as »
- Derek Anderson
London's premiere horror festival will be making its way to its second home, to bring a weekend of chills and thrills to Glasgow! Celebrating its 10th year in the north in conjunction with the Glasgow Film Festival, this fabulous FrightFest weekend will include three world premieres, as well as some European and UK premieres.I've only seen two of the new features, but can recommend both Wyrmwood, a bonkers, rough-and-ready zombie film from Australia, and [Rec]4: Apocalypse, a fun tie-up to the legendary zombie franchise. I can also recommend the retro screening of Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace, an early Giallo classic.Other interesting-looking titles include Brad Anderson's Eliza Graves, and 88 starring Katherine Isabelle.Full disclosure, I am the shorts programmer for FrightFest, and have two...
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Following from last year’s new look and feel FrightFest (in a brand new location), the horror film festival has announced its line-up for their Glasgow counterpart. And, as with every FrightFest, there are a few first looks and premieres!
Included in the line-up is the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine. Also on show is the European prememire of The Atticus Institute, world premire of The Hoarder, European premiere of The Asylum and the UK premiere of the hugely anticipated Clown, produced by Eli Roth. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the UK premieres of [Rec]: Apocalypse and There Are Monsters.
Thurs 26 Feb – Gft Screen 2
21:00 Eliza Graves (UK Premiere)
- Luke Owen
Kicking off with a special screening on Thursday 26th February and hosting eleven films on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten ‘gore-ious’ years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around – including three World, two European and six UK premieres!
The shocktacular line-up starts on Thurs 26 Feb in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.
Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of The Atticus Institute, the paranormal activity shockumentary of the year, written and directed by Chris Sparling, who wrote ‘Buried’. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Hoarder, starring an on-form Mischa Barton who uncovers the worst horrors in the »
- Phil Wheat
11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.
While We’re Young is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 11th Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) (Feb 18-Mar 1).
Noah Baumbach’s comedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a settled married couple who are offered a second chance at youth when hipsters Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) come into their lives. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year.
This year’s festival will close with the UK premiere of Cannes Jury Prize-winner Force Majeure, written and directed by Ruben Östlund. The film explores the flaws and cracks in a marriage after an avalanche hits in the French Alps where the couple are on a skiing holiday with their children.
Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland, Creative Scotland and BFI, this year’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach)
The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th February to Sunday 1st March, and it features over 150 UK, Scottish or European premieres, as well as multiple rep screenings and special events.
The festival opens with the European premiere of While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s comedy follow-up to Frances Ha, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. The closing night gala on 1st March will be the UK premiere of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s already much-vaunted darkly comic relationship drama Force Majeure.
Additional UK premiere highlights include awards season darling Still Alice, Wim Wenders’ recently Oscar-nominated documentary The Salt of the Earth, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, and legendary Swedish director Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon »
- Josh Slater-Williams
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Bloodsucking Bastards, Phantasmagoria, and The Scarehouse, The Boston Horror Show lineup for 2015, Zombie with a Shotgun episode details, a Q&A with Ninjas vs Monsters director, Justin Timpane, and much more:
Bloodsucking Bastards Trailer and Premiere Details: “An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed vampire comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must »
- Tamika Jones
If you’ve marked your calendar in anticipation of Kino Lorber’s high-definition release of The Crimson Cult in April, then you’ll have to use your eraser, because the release of the Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee-starring film has been postponed. There’s good news for Mario Bava and John Saxon fans, though, as the same distributor has announced the upcoming release of 1963’s The Evil Eye on Blu-ray.
Originally scheduled to hit shelves on April 14th, The Crimson Cult Blu-ray has been delayed, with no new release date set at this time. Giallo fans can look forward to the release of The Evil Eye (aka The Girl Who Knew Too Much) on Blu-ray sometime in May. Special features have not yet been revealed for The Evil Eye, but you can check out the cover art below, as well as the announced bonus features for The Crimson Cult »
- Derek Anderson
UK residents have been enjoying Arrow Video Blu-ray releases of cult films like Maniac Cop and The Funhouse for years, and soon horror hounds living stateside can enjoy the diligent distributor’s offerings now that Arrow Video is expanding to the Us. To commemorate their growth, Arrow Video has announced upcoming North American Blu-ray releases of Mark of the Devil, Blind Woman’s Curse, and more.
Making their Blu-ray debuts in the Us, 1970’s Mark of the Devil will come out on March 17th and 1971’s Blind Woman’s Curse (aka Black Cat’s Revenge on March 24th. Arrow Video will also release the Blu-ray of Blood and Black Lace on April 14th and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne to Blu-ray on April 21st. All four releases will include a DVD copy, as well. We have the official press release with full details, as well as »
- Derek Anderson
Paris – Playing off often long-term relationships with some of the most talked-about up-and-coming directors in French cinema, Wild Bunch will unveil nine new French productions at this week’s UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, including pristine titles from Valerie Donzelli (“Declaration of War”), Joann Sfar (“Gainsbourg,” “The Rabbi’s Cat”), Lucile Hadzihalilovic (“Innocence”) and Elie Wajeman (“Aliyah”).
Also making the cut: New films by Bruno Podalydes (“Park Benches”), Philippe Garrel (“Jealousy”) Luc Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”), the feature debut of actor-turned-director Olivier Loustau, and Damien Odoul (“Le souffle,” “The Story of Richard O.”).
Amping up its French film slate to 12-13 titles, a large »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
TwitchFilm has been given early access to the new international trailer for the horror anthology Phantasmagoria. It takes a minute to kick in and show some gore but it gives you a fair glance at each director's style. 3 shocking tales of horror that takes you beyond fear. With its typical Italian atmosphere and vintage photography, Phantasmagoria evokes the spirit of cult films directed by Mario Bava, Pupi Avati and also William Castle.The film has been selected for over 25 international film festivals around the World and will make a pit stop at NY Horror Show Filmfest this Saturday, January 17th. ...
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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details on Amnesiac, The Atticus Institute, and Alien Outpost, multiple trailers, premiere details for Head, and a Q&A with the founder of The Philip K. Dick Film Festival:
Amnesiac Distribution and Release Details: “Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife. The web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the psychological thriller Amnesiac starring Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games series, Interstellar). XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “Macabre” genre label. »
- Tamika Jones
20 items from 2015
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