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The official description of the film reads:
A hallucinogenic summer noir cocktail spiked with suspense is concocted as the unexpected arrival of a stranger ignites an inferno of secrets and guilt, complicating the relationship between a father and his daughter.
The film was shot in Perth, Australia and is also described as a cross between Claude Chabrol, Mario Bava, and Kenneth Anger. It stars Liam Graham, Alyson Walker, Richard Mellick, Christie Sistrunk, and Nina Deasley.
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- Mike Everleth
Christmas is a time for feel-good movies. It’s a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the usual Hallmark Hall of Fame drivel that hits the airwaves every December. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the mainstream Christmas classics as much as the next guy. But at night, when my family is all snug in their beds, that’s when I drag out my sick and twisted Christmas collection…
Black Christmas, Christmas Evil, Silent Night Deadly Night, Don’t Open Till Christmas, those are the films I like to cuddle up to with a spiked eggnog. What is my favorite? That’s a difficult question. I love them all for different reasons, but if I had to pick one, I would have to pick a recent import from Finland called Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. A modern mashup of The Thing and the Krampus mythology, it is »
- Kevin Klemm
What happens when a romantic comedy runs head on into a 70s Italian Giallo flick and an 80s American slasher? Well, it looks like we're about to find out! Read on for your first details regarding this upcoming frightening foreign film affair!
Our friends over at Bloody Disgusting scored exclusive tidbits about Chilean filmmaker Gonzalo Badilla's next film, Maldito Amor (Damned Love), which the director spoke a bit about.
“We’re paying several homages with this movie to the classic ones; even our killer looks just like the Blood and Black Lace killer from the great Mario Bava,” explains Badilla, “and for the music we’re doing an alliance with the Greek group Vercetti Technicolor for the soundtrack (they specialize in horror disco).”
Check out the plot rundown below and expect more soon!
Prom night is ruined for a group of teenagers thanks to the assassination of their teacher Marion, »
- John Squires
Odd List Ryan Lambie 6 Nov 2013 - 06:50
From random films with altered names to unrelated storylines, we take a look at 15 incredibly tenuous horror and sci-fi film sequels...
The profit-driven nature of filmmaking usually means that, if a movie's a hit, sequels follow. And it's sometimes the case that, particularly in the realm of low-budget sci-fi and horror, those sequels are trotted out in a rush, or don't have anything to do with the film they're following.
This isn't to say that the sequels on this list are necessarily bad - it's a proper mixed bag of the great, the mediocre and the downright awful - but in each instance, these sequels have only vague links to their predecessors, or worse still, they're entirely different films rebranded to fit an existing franchise.
Our list is by no means definitive - rather, we've chosen a collection of films that we find the most memorable. »
Happy Halloween, everybody! It’s Tim, here to celebrate the high holy night of horror movies, when even the most squeamish can steel themselves up to watch a scary movie, and scary movie lovers stock up all our best and blackest to watch in marathons of unendurable dread.
But let’s not go prattling about every random horror film that comes to mind (which is, I’m a little sorry to admit, the way that I assembled my movie playlist for the night). Instead, I’d like to ask everybody to pitch in their suggestions for a question always on my mind this time of year:
What movies best capture the spirit of Halloween?
- Tim Brayton
Directed by Georges Franju
France and Italy, 1960
The idea of what a quintessential French horror film might be, especially in the middle of the last century, would be a conflicting concept, the French being culturally revered as the custodians of the high-brow, the poetically human, and the avant-garde (we even import the word in its French form); horror is a genre maintained to provoke the base and primal, better left to B-movie thrills. Enter Georges Franju, a co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française, to helm Eyes Without a Face, a work to arrive with scorn from both French and Anglophone audiences as it had not been crafted to either of their palettes, but rather an amalgamation of tastes and something completely new.
When Dr. Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) identifies the body of his daughter Christiane »
- Zach Lewis
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Written and directed by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. To solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, »
Demons (1985) Director: Lamberto Bava Stars:Natasha Hovey, Urbano Barberini, Paola Cozzo A group of people get trapped in a movie theater where the feature presentation turns them in to bloodthirsty monsters. A movie so bad it almost kills you? I think we've seen a few of those in this column. Produced by Italian horror maestro Dario Argento and directed by Lamberto Bava (son of Mario Bava), Demons is a loving tribute to the power of cinema. Just kidding. If there's »
- Jason Adams
Norma Bengell dead at 78: Iconic (and controversial) Brazilian film, stage, television, and recording star made history as the first actress to be seen naked (full frontal) in a mainstream film (photo: Norma Bengell and John Herbert in ‘As Cariocas’) Norma Bengell, a sort of Brazilian Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Fonda rolled into one, died of lung cancer in her hometown of Rio de Janeiro on October 9, 2013. She was 78. Best known internationally for her leading-lady roles in several Italian-made cult classics of the mid-’60s, Norma Bengell was known in Brazil as a controversial show business veteran and for being the first “name” actress (purportedly anywhere in the world) to be seen fully naked — full frontal — in a mainstream film. Note: Hedy Lamarr, then billed as Hedy Kiesler, does swim and run around in the nude in Gustav Machaty’s 1933 Czech drama Ecstasy. However, Lamarr’s naked swimming was disguised by the water, »
- Andre Soares
The etymologic history of the giallo sub-genre is well-documented by now. Giallo, Italian for yellow, refers to the cheap mystery books that at least partially inspired a cross-section of gruesome murder films from the likes of Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Lucio Fulci. Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much from 1963 is commonly referenced as the first giallo, where entries from Argento like Profondo Rosso take many of Bava’s tropes and play up the cinematic flair.
While the influence of Val Lewton, Alfred Hitchcock, and other known horror entities is unavoidable, giallos tend toward scare tactics and stylistic flourishes that diverge from those predecessors. Lewton’s expressionist films for Rko in the 1940s favor heavy shadow (sometimes to hide low production value) and an emphasis on the unseen. Hitchcock’s master of suspense moniker, on full display in The Birds, is deserved for his emphasis on the build-up »
- Neal Dhand
Euro Horror is a very pleasurable genre in which to be steeped. I am ridiculously proud to be a Euro horror fan in the way that some people follow a football team, or a style of music. This is why I produce so many articles on the genre. Enthusiasm is infectious, and if my article provokes just one reader to buy a copy of The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, my work here at WhatCulture is achieved.
Cannibal Holocaust is maybe one of the top five Euro Cult Horror films, but I have written about it so often, I am not going to bore you again by going over the same old territory. In this article, I have picked some critically acclaimed stalwarts of the Euro Horror genre which will hopefully make an interesting read for you.
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10. Bloody Pit Of Horror (1965)
Directed by Massimo Pupillo, »
- Clare Simpson
Mighty Thor is the bad guy in “Vikingdom: The Red Eclipse,” which also distinguishes itself from his recent Marvel screen adventures by having been produced on a fraction of their budgets. This first serious stab at Western markets by Malaysia’s Kru Studios is a cheerfully silly action fantasy more comparable to the vintage juvenile likes of Italian sword ‘n’ sandal epics, Ray Harryhausen pics, kiddie-matinee serials and goofy kung fu fantasies than to today’s superhero tentpole extravaganzas; fanboys, of course, will howl in pain nonetheless. Day-and-date U.S. release on Oct. 4 (with some screens showing 3D prints) is likely to get a kinder reception on the VOD side; rollout in numerous other territories continues through year’s end and beyond.
After an opening-credits segment that makes no bones about looking just like a videogame, we get a bloody CGI battlefield where Viking prince Eirick (Dominic Purcell) lies dying, »
- Dennis Harvey
(Editor’s Note: For this weeks A Look Back At, Josh Soriano tackles 1974′s supremely wild Exorcist ripoff, The Antichrist! Check out his review below, which is guaranteed to be one of the most in-depth on the net!)
The Exorcist is considered one of the most frightening films of all time for several reasons. Once of those reasons is because it’s a near-perfect film in every way, so attempting to mimic it seems like a losing battle. Most often movies made to cash in on another wildly popular film tend to be inferior to the template but I have to say, as far as imitations of the Freidkin’s classic go, The Antichrist is on the better end of the spectrum. There’s no denying that it’s peppered with elements of eurotrash but if you’re a sucker for satanic horror films, then you’ll find an abundance »
- Justin Edwards
Italian writer, poet and film-maker who adapted and directed his own novels for the screen
The distinguished Italian novelist, poet and film-maker Alberto Bevilacqua has died aged 79. Bevilacqua was one of the most respected new Italian writers of the 1960s and won fame with two novels, both of which he adapted and directed successfully for the screen: La Califfa (The Lady Caliph), published in 1964 and filmed in 1970, and Questa Specie d'Amore (This Kind of Love), published in 1966 and filmed in 1972.
Bevilacqua was born in Parma and raised in a poor family. In his youth he wrote the novel Una Città in Amore (City of Love), which was reworked and published much later, about his adolescence in Parma and how he and his family took part in the Resistance movement. In 1955 he wrote a book of stories about local life in Parma, La Polvere sull'Erba (Dust in the grass), which was »
- John Francis Lane
I’m a huge Mario Bava fan. For those of you that have been following the site and the podcast, you already know this. While he is growing to be a bit more appreciated, I still find him to be the best of the Italian genre directors. Yes, even above Dario Argento & Lucio Fulci. What Argento & Fulci provide are visual assaults courtesy of color, violence and gore. Bava, on the other hand, can do those things but he has coherent stories in his films. Look, I like Fulci & Argento but there is no question that I am a Bava fan. Arrow Video was first out of the gate to release some Bava on Blu-Ray with Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve and other titles) and Kino has been releasing Bava’s films Stateside.
One of my favorite Bava films, hell maybe even one of my top 20 films of all time, »
- Andy Triefenbach
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When a rich countess is murdered, it’s a race to see who’ll inherit her estate »
- Andy Triefenbach
I am stoked for three reasons: (1) James Wan makes fun movies that have tons of re-watchability; (2) He has a penchant for paying homage to Mario Bava; (3) I got to interview him and Leigh Whannell for Insidious and it was a hoot. So, in short, I cannot wait for Insidious: Chapter 2.I have multiple tickets for a Chicago screening that takes place on September 11 to lay on the masses, but first ya gotta win. To win, ya gotta enter At Gofobo.Winners will be drawn and notified a few days before the screening....
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Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) (Blu-ray Review) Directed By: Mario Bava Starring: William Berger, Ira Furstenburg, Teodoro Corra Rated: Ur/Region A/1:77/1080p/Number of Discs 1 Available from Kino Classics Industrialist George Stark (Teodoro Corra) invites a small group of wealthy friends to his private island for a weekend of relaxation and light business. He wants them to meet the brilliant chemist Gerry Farrell (William Berger) who has… »
A Bay of Blood (1971) (Blu-ray Review) Directed By: Mario Bava Starring: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso Rated: R/Region: A/1X77/1080p/Number of disc: 1 Available from Kino Lorber An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field, complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out in a dil… »
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