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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 | 24framespersecond.net | 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 »

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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 | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com 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

Synopsis

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

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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 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com 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 | iconsoffright.com | 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.

Excerpts.

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. »

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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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Trailer: ‘The Editor’ a tribute to the Italian giallo genre

20 August 2014 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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. »

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Why Cinelicious Pics acquired Gangs of Wasseypur for North America

17 August 2014 11:29 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Dennis Bartok

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

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Tiff 2014: The Editor One-Sheet Lets the Nipple Slip

14 August 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

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!

Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy direct the flick, which is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

Giallo legend Udo Kier stars alongside Brooks and Tristan Risk.

Synopsis

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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Cut together a hitlist in our comments section below! »

- Steve Barton

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Trailer for Astron-6's Giallo Influenced The Editor

7 August 2014 12:28 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Winnipeg's Astron-6 (Father's Day, Manborg) are back with a Giallo infused project called The Editor. Directed by Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks The Editor will premier at Tiff's Midnight Madness.

So, what's it about? Well, imagine an exploitation version of Peter Strickland's Berbarian Sound Studio.

Synopsis:

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.

The Editor was written by Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks and Conor Sweeney.

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Tiff 2014: The Editor Makes Cuts in His New Trailer

6 August 2014 2:50 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Playing as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival is the upcoming giallo-comedy The Editor. Read on for your first look at this humorously spooky cut-up!

Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy direct the flick, which is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

Giallo legend Udo Kier stars alongside Brooks and Tristan Risk.

Synopsis

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.

Visit The Evilshop @ Amazon!

Got news? Click here to submit it!

Subscribe to the Dread Central YouTube Channel!

Cut together a hitlist in our comments section below! »

- Steve Barton

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