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★★★☆☆ Gratuity is the watchword for Italian giallo cinema; blood, nudity and violence are all hallmarks of the genre. It is more than a little surprising, then, that Mario Bava's Five Dolls for an August Moon is a rather tame entry in Arrow Video's latest slew of high definition giallo releases. 'Tame', of course, is a relative term, and while Bava's film can't quite boast the sheer volume of sex and gore of What Have You Done to Solange? or Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Five Dolls for an August Moon still retains an impressive body count, impossibly buxom cast and an Italian aesthetic of opulent excess.
- CineVue UK
When we think about Italian horror one of the master,s and arguably the best, would be Mario Bava. Even his lesser films have a certain style that make them still enticing to the viewer, and Five Dolls for an August Moon is a good example of that. Just how does this oddity fair with Arrow Video’s Blu-ray release..?
On a weekend retreat on a private Island a wealthy industrialist, George Stark (Teodora Corra) has gathered a group of friends. One of these being a scientist who holds the key to a discovery that could make them all rich. As he tries to put the deal together, it’s not long before the group start dying one by one, but who is the culprit behind the murders?
- Paul Metcalf
Here's where angels sit down to weep next to devils -- the often-brilliant Guillermo del Toro's big Gothic romance / gory ghost epic looks mighty fancy but is a mess in too many ways to count. Say it Ain't So, Guillermo! Crimson Peak Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal / Legendary 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver. Cinematography Dan Laustsen Film Editor Bernat Vilaplana Original Music Fernando Velásquez Written by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Quite the wonder child of fantasy and horror, Guillermo del Toro has made near masterpieces in the Spanish language but not fared as well breaking through the Hollywood blockbuster barrier. His top-grossing American film might be Blade II. His equally talented compatriot Alfonso Cuarón has »
- Glenn Erickson
Five Dolls for an August Moon, 1970.
Directed by Mario Bava.
A group of people trapped on an island discover there is a killer in their midst.
The romantically-titled Five Dolls for an August Moon is a giallo from the master of the genre, Mario Bava. However, unlike his more notable works in the style such as Blood & Black Lace and Bay of Blood, Five Dolls for an August Moon was something of a cheque-cashing exercise for the filmmaker, who later claimed that this film was the worst thing he ever made, although looking at it now on this sparkly new Blu-ray from Arrow Video and comparing it to Bava’s other movies it would be fair to say the director may have been a bit harsh on himself. »
- Amie Cranswick
Underrated Mario Bava giallo comes to UK DVD and Blu-ray. In case you haven’t already done so, circle February 1st on your creepy calendar to remind you that Arrow Video is releasing their UK only, Region B, deluxe Blu-ray and DVD edition of Italian horror pioneer Mario Bava’s underrated and stylish 1979 pseudo-giallo Five Dolls…
The post Mario Bava’s Five Dolls For An August Moon Hits UK Blu-ray Next Month appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
By Hank Reineke
Though the 1966 space-age vampire flick Queen of Blood is not new to home video, it has been one of the more elusive science-fiction titles of the 1960s. Issued on VHS as Planet of Blood back in the early 1980s on the budget “Star Classics” label and later in 1990 on a much improved laser disc from Image (paired with Mario Bava’s similarly-themed Planet of the Vampires), Queen of Blood has been mostly unavailable to collectors for nearly twenty-five years. In March 2011 MGM finally re-issued the title as part of its Limited Edition Collection, but only as a made-on-demand release. In 2015, Kino Lorber has – very happily for genre fans and collectors - rescued this title from the wasteland of cult-film marginalia with their superb Blu-Ray release of this Roger Corman-Curtis Harrington classic.
Queen of Blood (for reasons we’ll get into a little later on) more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Demonic activity, skinheads, and psychopaths: these are the words one might use to describe the upcoming genre films of 2016. From a possessed painter, to a devilish leg wound, to full-on war waged within the confines of a futuristic apartment complex, blood flies and fingers point in what looks to be one of the most intense, purposely-paced and experimental years for independent films to date.
Traces of David Cronenberg's Videodrome and Scanners, Stuart Rosenberg's The Amityville Horror, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and Nicholas Hytner's The Crucible can be found within these electrifying new entries from promising, emerging artists, proving that pulling from the past can wind up making a project feel fresh and new.
Although many of the films carry similar traits and themes like directorial debuts, single set locations, cult activity, and the ever-present presence of the devil's unholy spirit, each of these features is unique in its own persona. »
- Kalyn Corrigan
The bank-job-gone-wrong has been a familiar premise for many genre movies, but the reason filmmakers return to it is that it's ripe with potential. Making his directorial debut, Éric Hannezo hopes to create something special with "Rabid Dogs," and today we have an exclusive clip from the French thriller. Based on Mario Bava's 1974 movie of the same name, the film stars Virginie Ledoyen and Lambert Wilson and follows a trio of bank robbers who take some desperate measures when their job takes a turn for the worse. In this clip, we see how the heist is nearly stopped before it begins. Here's the official synopsis: Read More: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores The Influence Of Mario Bava After their armed bank robbery goes haywire, three criminals take their hostages—a young woman (Virginie Ledoyen), a father (Lambert Wilson), and his sick daughter—on a berserk, blood-spattered road trip. Determined to reach the border, »
- Edward Davis
Ahead of its U.S. release on Friday, a trailer has arrived online for the French action thriller Rabid Dogs, director Éric Hannezo’s remake of Mario Bava’s 1974 film of the same name. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
The main avenue of a crowded city. Sabri grips the steering wheel of his car, eyes fixed anxiously on the bank entrance opposite… A sudden explosion. Three masked men race to the car, loaded with stolen cash. Sabri drives. But everything goes wrong: the cops are right behind them, the car crashes, their boss is killed. Sabri and his accomplices are forced to run. The three desperate criminals will stop at nothing to make their escape. Taking a young woman and a father and child hostage, they embark on a crazy, violent road trip that not all of them will survive…
Rabid Dogs is set for release on January 22nd in the States. »
- Amie Cranswick
The first trailer and poster have landed and they are both pretty stylish affairs that have a retro flair, but don't push it into parody. Good stuff.
After a bank job goes horribly wrong, three desperate criminals take a young woman, father and child hostage that sets off a frantic and violent road trip that not all of them will survive.
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This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
11 items from 2016
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