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Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O’Neal, Donald O’Brien, Dakar, Walter Patriarca, Roberto Resta | Written by Fabrizio De Angelis, Romano Scandariato | Directed by Marino Girolami (aka Frank Martin)
One of the bizarrest horror films to come out of Italy in the early 80s, Zombi Holocaust is – as the title suggests – a mix of the two genres Italian horror cinema became predminantly known for: cannibal and zombie movies…
For those unaware of Zombi Holocaust, the film finds Ian McCulloch (who found fame in Italy following his appearance in British sci-fi show Survivors) venture to a tropical island in the East Indies to investigate just why a tribesman, working at New York City hospital was chomping down on the limbs of the cadavers in the cold storage. He and his crew, including Alexandra Delli Colli (who would later star in Lucio Fulci’s controversial New York Ripper »
- Phil Wheat
While many general moviegoers are skeptical of the horror genre’s past/future, I see no need for panic. Mainstream horror seems to be shambling along aimlessly, as studios churn out an endless heap of assembly-line-produced procedurals based on some type of existing property (sequels, reboots, game-based movies), but the horror genre is alive and thriving if you know where to look.
Y’all can argue about the meaning of Deathwave until you turn blue in the face, whether you hate the term or dig it, because despite classification qualms, there’s no denying an influx of horror movies with substance, vitality, and an all-encompassing cinematic meatiness. Alas, these titles are certainly much harder to find than big-budget remakes, and while a few stumble onto Netflix’s streaming catalog out of blind luck, general horror audiences rarely discover a movie like Stitches until years later.
That’s where a new »
- Matt Donato
Italo-horror gods Goblin & Fabio Frizzi unite in this soundtrack rarity from 1976. In the mid-70s, composer Fabio Frizzi, soon to be known for his work with gorelord emeritus Lucio Fulci, teamed up with Goblin, soon to be chart toppers in Italy with their score to Dario Argento’s giallo magnifico Profondo Rosso, to record the…
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- Chris Alexander
Corin Hardy's new horror film "The Hallow" premiered to solid reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is now slated for release via VOD and in limited theaters on Nov. 5th and 6th, respectively. Last week the director hopped on the phone with me to discuss his Edgar Wright-supported shocker, which sees a young family being terrorized by a race of humanoid creatures at their new country home in Ireland. The film surprised me with its mixture of horror theatrics, social commentary (deforestation) and real heart -- not to mention a moment that's certain to make anyone who harbors a fear of their optometrist squirm in their seats. Read the full interview below; I've bolded the most essential highlights for speed-readers. In addition, you can check out a brand-new, HitFix-exclusive motion poster for the film above and below. HitFix: There's a layer of social commentary to this that I wasn't expecting, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Also known as The Gates of Hell (among other titles), this gruesome entry is the first of a loose Lucio Fulci trilogy including The Beyond and The House By the Cemetery. When the Gates of Hell are opened, hordes of ravenous levitating zombies are unleashed and reporter Christopher George has to travel to Lovecraft's Dunwich to close the portal before All Saint's Day. »
- TFH Team
Throughout the history of cinema there are countless adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s work, from D. W. Griffith’s early take on The Sealed Room through Roger Corman’s series of lo-fi refittings of the 60s up to last year’s attempt to adapt The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether in Stonehearst Asylum. Looking back at two loose Italian adaptations of Poe’s classic horror short The Black Cat, Arrow’s new Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats set sees a towering duo of giallo cinema auteurs picking and choosing their favorite elements of the original tale and molding them to their supernatural, blade-wielding will with blood-spilling glee and cinematic aplomb.
- Jordan M. Smith
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats (Arrow Video) In Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, an uninspired writer living a life of lazy cruelty becomes the main suspect in a series of murders, but is he the killer or just an abusive prick? In The Black Cat, the residents of small rural town begin falling prey to a series of not-so accidental deaths. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” has been the basis of numerous adaptations, some more literal than others, but this pairing offers an Italian perspective from two of the country’s genre masters, Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci. Martino’s works Poe’s tale into a giallo complete with a shadowy killer, vicious murders, and a sexualized environment, and »
- Rob Hunter
Hope everyone has their boomsticks ready, as this final week of October is looking to be yet another banner week for genre Blu-ray and DVD releases, highlighted by the anticipated Collector’s Edition set for Sam Raimi’s cult classic Army of Darkness from Scream Factory. The recent thriller, The Gift, is also making its way to multiple formats on October 27th and for those of you fans of The Fifth Element out there, Sony is putting together a nifty Cinema Series release that arrives this Tuesday.
Olive Films is also keeping themselves busy this week with several cult classic releases including Breeders, Sometimes They Come Back, Dr. Terror's House of Horror and Saul Bass’ Phase IV, with Warner Home Video resurrecting several classics in HD as well—The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Them! and the Special Effects Collection box set.
Other notable titles coming out on »
- Heather Wixson
HitFix's Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, which highlights the 100 greatest horror films of all time as voted on by over 100 genre filmmakers and experts, not only showcased the enduring power of No. 1 finisher "The Exorcist," it also cemented the status of the '70s and '80s as a Golden Age of horror (films released during those decades took up nearly half of available slots). The '70s and '80s, incidentally, saw the artistic rise and mainstream breakthroughs of both Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, horror icons who placed more films in the Top 100 than any other director (four titles each). Meanwhile, the list revealed one undeniably bleak statistic: only one movie in the Top 100 was directed by a woman. For me, the most gratifying moment of our Ultimate Horror Poll came when compiling the data was finally over, and I could take a step back and fully appreciate, as a reader, »
- Chris Eggertsen
When we think of classic Poe movies we tend to think back to the Roger Corman movies, though he wasn’t the only director to have adapted the writers work. Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats, from Arrow Video, brings together two adaptions of Poe’s classic tale, with some Italian flair.
Featuring Lucio Fulci’s The Black Cat, and Sergio Martoni’s Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, this is an interesting take on the story with two different styles. While Fulci didn’t go too gory with this one, there are still moments, and he goes for the more fantastical side of the tale. Your Vice is a Locked Room… takes a much more sophisticated take on the story creating a macabre tale where everybody seems to be guilty and the only thing reliable is the Giallo style murders, and of course the black cat. »
- Paul Metcalf
We Are Still Here, 2015.
Directed by Ted Geoghegan.
A family grieving over the loss of their son move out to the country, but they are not alone in their new home.
The recent trend of revisiting the 1970s and ‘80s as a setting for horror movies has produced some mixed results; from the authentic chills of The House of the Devil and The Conjuring to less successful attempts such as The Quiet Ones it seems that setting horror movies in the decades that produced arguably the most creative and effective scares has become something of a stylistic crutch upon which modern filmmakers can sell their films.
- Gary Collinson
Ted Geoghegan Interview
If you’ve walked into a store recently you’ll have been inundated with the message that Santa and his sleigh are on the way soon, but before that we’ve still got Halloween, Bonfire Night and Thanksgiving (if you’re American of course). Halloween is next; we love any excuse for a good scare, as October and all it’s horrific home entertainment releases always keep us entertained.
One such release is We are Still Here, written and directed by Ted Geoghegan. The film stars scream queen Barbara Crampton as a grieving mother who after losing her son relocates to the wintry landscape of New England. It wasn’t just the script that was scary though, the shoot also has it’s share of bumps in the night. We stole a few minutes of writer/producer Ted Geoghegan‘s time to find out just how frightening events got. »
- Kat Hughes
Director: Ted Geoghagen
Running Time: 88 minutes
Anne (Crampton) and Paul (Sensenig) Sacchetti are a middle aged couple grieving the death of their college-age son. In hopes of elevating some of his wife’s turmoil Paul has relocated the couple to the arse-end of nowhere in New England. As they try to settle in, something doesn’t seem quite right about the accommodation, the basement for one is always burning hot and there is the occasional misplaced item. Then they find that the house has a terrible history and has been vacant for the last thirty years. Determined to get to the bottom of events Anne calls in her ‘psychic’ friend May (Marie) and her husband Jacob (Fessenden) at which point events escalate rapidly.
- Kat Hughes
★★★★☆ Ted Geoghegan's We Are Still Here (2015) is an aptly gruesome tribute to the halcyon days of 1980s splatter movies and the cosmic horror mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. It specifically channels and mimics the visual palette and tones of Lucio Fulci, the director who earned his stripes in the Italian genre filmmaking boom of the 1960s and 1970s, making all sorts of pictures, before establishing a talent for extremely violent imagery. For his efforts, he became known as the 'Godfather of Gore'.
- CineVue UK
To mark the release of Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci on 19th October, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray. In Martino’s classic giallo Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, teacher Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli, A Bay of Blood) finds
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Edgar Allen Poe’s Black Cats
Poe’s The Black Cat, like a lot of the writer’s stories, has been retold over and over in various different guises and adaptations, most notably in the 1934 Universal film starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (and again by Universal in 1941 with Lugosi and Basil Rathbone), the middle section of Roger Corman’s 1962 anthology Tales of Terror and in 1990 with Dario Argento’s section of Two Evil Eyes. However, Argento wasn’t the only Italian director to have a go at it as Sergio Martino (Torso) and Lucio Fulci (Zombie Flesh Eaters) both tried their hands at adaptations, »
- Gary Collinson
Blood and guts aren’t what they used to be. Back in the 1980s, all you had to do to was create a video cover that a showed a screaming female, a monster and a disembodied head, and you could turn a reasonable profit on an otherwise unremarkable film.
Skip forward 3 decades and not only are the video stores history, but the producers of low-budget horror movies need to be able to sell their titles through the large chains, meaning the films have to be fairly mainstream in content.
You know what that means: no torn off limbs, no cannibalism and almost certainly no power tools entering a man’s head above the tagline, “The blood flows in rivers, and the drill keeps tearing through flesh and bone.” As the title of a Rob Zombie song informs us, “Everything Is Boring Now.”
Those of us who look back on »
- Ian Watson
Special Mention: Death Proof
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, Roadgames, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, and even Spielberg’s Duel – but Death Proof is influenced by more than just vehicular horror. Tarantino’s homage to the road-fury genre is really two movies in one, offering two versions of the same story about two separate groups of beautiful women who are stalked by a homicidal maniac who uses his car (his weapon of choice) to terrorize and eventually kill his victims. Death Proof can easily be viewed as two slasher films, with the second half acting as a sequel, offering new, beautiful victims for the murderous Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) to terrorize. It’s a grim stalk-and-slash picture with a blaring commentary of female empowerment. Replace the typical sharp edged blade with a car, and »
- Ricky Fernandes
Michael Winner is the bad-taste choice to give The Exorcist a run for its money in the faux-religious horror shocker sweepstakes, and the brave actress Cristina Raines leads an impressive supporting cast as the unfortunate suicide attemptee chosen to be the new Gatekeeper for the portal to Hell. Don't expect to see a Keymaster, but instead some of the most indigestible exploitation of the mainstream decade -- mainly real sideshow oddities to represent 'evil' people. Easily the hands-down insensitivity champ of the '70s. The Sentinel Blu-ray Shout! Factory / Scream Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 27.99 Starring Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Kennedy, Deborah Raffin, Ava Gardner, John Carradine, Beverly D'Angelo, Eli Wallach, Sylvia Miles, Martin Balsam, José Ferrer, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, William Hickey, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Holland, Tom Berenger. Cinematography Dick Kratina Special Effects Albert Whitlock Special Makeup Effects Dick Smith Original Music Gil Melle »
- Glenn Erickson
Special Mention: Shock Corridor
Written and directed by Samuel Fuller
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose a killer hiding out at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff. But it’s difficult to remain a sane man living in an insane place, and the closer Barrett gets to the truth, the closer he gets to insanity.
Shock Corridor is best described as an anti-establishment drama that at times is surprisingly quite funny despite the dark material. The film deals with some timely issues of the era, specifically the atom bomb, anti-communism, and racism. It features everything from a raving female love-crazed nympho ward, »
- Ricky Fernandes
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