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Through flesh-ripping zombies, psychopathic killers, and blood-soaked scenarios of boundary-pushing terror, Italian horror maestros Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci have given the genre awesome offerings of fear that have delighted and inspired viewers for decades, and Blue Underground will celebrate these legendary, influential writer/directors with two upcoming Blu-ray collections.
Set for release on March 31st, 2015, Blue Underground’s The Dario Argento Collection and The Lucio Fulci Collection each feature three films from the prolific filmmakers. We have the official details below (via Blu-ray.com), as well as the Blu-ray cover art (via Amazon). Special features have not been revealed yet, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.
“The Dario Argento Collection
The Cat O’ Nine Tails
A blind man with a talent for solving puzzles teams-up with reporter Carlo Giordani to launch a private investigation into a string of peculiar murders, all of which seem »
- Derek Anderson
A masked serial killer preys on women, but there's a twist in the tale in the indie horror, The House Of Him...
A lot has been written about horror films relationship and gender politics. Some of the most iconic moments of the genre involve a damsel in distress meeting her end at the hands of a monstrous male figure. From the gothic romance of Hammer horror to the rollercoaster ride of slasher films to the grimy cellars of torture porn, if you're a woman then you've pretty much had it. One-time Rosanne writer Joss Whedon kickstarted his career by in part turning the whole thing on its head and having a blonde cheerleader become a kick ass heroine. But even recent horror films insist on making women the victim.
Sophie and »
The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places…
And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth!
From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic … Continue reading →
It has been a longtime coming, but we finally have a release date for Grindhouse Releasing's restored Blu-ray presentation of The Beyond. Here's the news direct from the company's Facebook page:
We are also pleased to announce our Blu-ray release of Lucio Fulci's supernatural masterpiece The Beyond, also arriving February 10 in a super-deluxe 3 disc special edition.
The post *Updated* Grindhouse Releasing Sets Date for ‘The Beyond’ Blu-ray appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Grindhouse Releasing, the Criterion of horror/cult releases started by Oscar winning editor Bob Murawski and the late Sage Stallone, are prepping a Blu-ray of Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece The Beyond! Bursting through the gates of hell on February 10th, 2015, this deluxe edition will be sporting 3-discs of Tba goodies, but this is Grindhouse we’re talking about, so expect the best in terms of supplements.
They’ve provided a peek at the packaging, which will actually glow-in-the-dark! Streeting the same day is Duke Mitchell’s insane Massacre Mafia Style, which along with Gone With The Pope (another must-see Mitchell joint that hopefully rears into HD next year), must be seen to be believed.
Grindhouse writes from their official Facebook page:
“We are also pleased to announce our Blu-ray release of Lucio Fulci’s supernatural masterpiece The Beyond, also arriving February 10 in a super-deluxe 3 disc special edition. Both titles will »
- Justin Edwards
In Lucio Fulci’s 1981 horror movie, The Beyond, Liza Merril thought she could fix up her inherited hotel and re-open it, but as fans of the film know, Liza’s place of business serves as one of the Seven Doors of Death, a portal to hell that no amount of new paint or improved plumbing can fix. Grindhouse Releasing revealed today the official release date of their 3-disc restored Blu-ray of The Beyond.
Grindhouse Releasing’s The Beyond Blu-ray is scheduled to come out on February 10th and will be available to pre-order later this week. Directed by Lucio Fulci off a screenplay he wrote with Dardano Sacchetti and Giorgio Mariuzzo, The Beyond stars Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, and Veronica Lazar.
“The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places…
And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth! »
- Derek Anderson
The Girl Who Knew Too Much, 1963.
Directed by Mario Bava.
A young tourist becomes involved in a police investigation after witnessing a murder by a notorious serial killer.
His final black-and-white production, Mario Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much sees the Italian director paying respect to Alfred Hitchcock – from the tongue-in-cheek title to certain elements of the film itself – whilst inadvertently setting a template for others to follow and creating the sub-genre known as the giallo (the Italian word for yellow, the colour of the pages of pulpy crime novels). Not bad for a mystery thriller that comes and goes in 86 minutes with barely any fat on it whatsoever.
- Gary Collinson
The ’80s marked the waning days of Italian cinema’s mastery over the genre film, but there were still quite a few gems released during the decade. Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead) and Dario Argento (Tenebre, Phenomena) each managed to direct some memorable titles, but overall the quality of the output was decreasing even as the quantity raced in the other direction. One of the most popular Italian horror films of the ’80s — Lamberto Bava’s Demons — embraced both Argento’s color schemes and Fulci’s gore addiction and combined them with an anything goes narrative and a rock and roll soundtrack. It was followed a year later by an underwhelming sequel, but even that film manages a few fun surprises. Synapse Films released both movies to Blu-ray last year in limited run steelbooks loaded with extras, but next week they’re putting out standalone Blu-rays for folks whose sole interest is the »
- Rob Hunter
At age twenty-two Michele De Angelis was hired as assistant director on the Italian slasher epic Massacre, which led to work as an assistant director, production manager, executive producer and screenwriter for Lucio Fulci, Ruggero Deodato, Bud Spencer, Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and many others. Michele eventually worked as a consultant and executive producer, creating DVD featurettes and documentaries for companies like Universal Pictures Home Video, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blue Underground and more.>> - Shade Rupe »
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk zombies. Most zombie movies start the same way: A mysterious virus spreads, causing the dead to come back to life as flesh-eating monsters. From there, the same questions often arise: Will the zombies be able to run? »
- Samantha Highfill
Pennsylvanian fright fans looking for some outdoor chills and thrills this Halloween season may want to point their car hoods toward the Mahoning Drive-In Theater this weekend to attend the Halloween Horror-Fest. Featuring four 35mm screenings of horror films under the stars, the marathon will see Freddy Krueger, Lucio Fulci’s zombies, a deranged doctor, and a Santa Claus killer grace the silver screen.
Held on October 24th and 25th at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, Pa, the Halloween Horror-Fest will be open for business beginning at 6:00pm. Live rock music, costume contests, and prize raffles will take place before the film reels roll at 7:30pm.
For $10 a carload, attendees can watch A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Gates of Hell (aka City of the Living Dead), Doctor Butcher, M.D. (aka Zombie Holocaust), and the 1972 anthology horror film, Tales from the Crypt. The marathon serves as »
- Derek Anderson
We answer more of your letters, with topics this time ranging from bad posters to Muppets to our inability to spell.
We've delved deep into our bulging post bag to look at some more of our readers' correspondence. As usual, here's a broad cross-section of your thoughts, suggestions and other stuff, ranging from classic Italian giallo movies, Muppets questions, and lots more.
If you want to send us a letter, a painting, or even a postcard while you're on holiday, our address is at the bottom of the page. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, here's the latest selection of geek missives...
You Can't Speel!
Most people groan and roll their eyes when people talk about grammar and spelling but as I have to put up with the general mass bad grammar etc. that is Facebook and the internet en mass I expect better from pages such as yours. »
One of the most fondly remembered eras in fright-film history is the golden age of Italian gore – a prolific period that brought such directors as Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Lucio Fulci to international attention and acclaim. Spawning all number of surreal sub-genres, including black-gloved killer-thrillers and stomach-churning cannibal adventures, this is a time that continues to crib a fresh generation of fascinated fans.
As such, 88 Italian have announced the UK Blu-ray release Zombi Holocaust (1980) and Burial Ground aka Nights of Terror (1981) – a pair of plasma-packed pot-boilers that could only have been dreamt up during the bygone boom in Euro-terror eccentricity.
In Burial Ground, the carcass-crunching action comes thick and fast as veteran director Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude For Your Killer) evokes the sinister spirit of Lucio Fulci and George Romero. Also known as The Zombie Dead, Bianchi’s bout of bloodstained brilliance has a pack of ghoulish predators entrap »
- Phil Wheat
Fabio Frizzi's score for the Lucio Fulci films A Cat in the Brain (Un Gatto Nel Cervello) is being issued on vinyl. The film is Fulci's take on the director-in-turmoil sub-genre made popular by Frederico Fellini's 8 1/2.
Mondo is handling the packaging and distribution and they say Frizzi's "work is a huge part of the reason we got into the soundtrack business in the first place. We are proud to release this soundtrack for the first time ever on vinyl."
The post Mondo Bringing Fulci’s Cat in the Brain to Vinyl appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Often in films of this nature, the vapid group of overly curious teenagers delves into seemingly dangerous territory for no particular reason and encounters a pack of vicious humanoid creatures or a bizarre underground cult. The fact that The Dowdle Brothers (John Erick and Drew both serving as writers with John Erik directing) avoid the low hanging fruit and strive to mix in some historical fantasy elements is an ambitious risk that mainly pays off. Our female lead Scarlett is much more than the requisite “final girl.” A more appropriate comparison could be to the video-game turned film character Lara Croft. Her knack for adventure and skills at puzzle-solving make As Above/So Below a claustrophobic adventure film melded with a psychological horror film, all led by a young Tomb Raider apprentice.
Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) is following in the footsteps of her father in the search of an ancient relic called the philosophers’ stone. »
- Michael Haffner
As Above/So Below is a totally "okay" movie. It's not entirely successful, but it's very watchable and entertaining. My tastes have it leaning towards the positive end of the spectrum (hence the 6/10 rating rather than the middle of the road 5/10) because the filmmakers behind this one, the Dowdle brothers (Quarantine, Devil) are doing some really interesting things in this movie that worked for me. The story doesn't stick the landing (the finale is a bit muddy), but As Above/So Below has a really great leading female character, it has some Lucio Fulci-like weirdness (that could have been taken way further) and it has refreshing mix of horror with Indiana Jones/Lara Croft-like adventure that places it not just above most "found footage" fare, but the tiresome stories driving some horror movies as of late. It's different even though it relies on some very familiar elements that the »
- Ryan Turek
"The Walking Dead" continues its onslaught as one of the most amazing horror-themed television shows to ever hit the airwaves. Season 4 brought new characters, expanded some old favorites, evoked tears and cheers, and of course had its share of zombie action.
Tomorrow, August 26th, "The Walking Dead" Season 4 hit Blu-ray/DVD via Anchor Bay, and with that in mind we decided to look back at our favorite moments from this season. Characters coming and going, separation and reunion, death and new life... Season 4 brought us "The Walking Dead" like we'd never seen it before.
We've got our Top 13 here, but as always, we'll start with some honorable mentions. Bob's raging alcoholism leading to the complete destruction of the liquor store kicked off the action in Episode 1, and the discovery of David and Karen's murdered and burned bodies was the first real mysterious firecracker Season 4 gave us.
In Episode 12, we finally »
- Scott Hallam
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. »
The delights of genre cinema are born from human imagination. The stories are nurtured by individuals who optimistically hope and believe across the years of their lives that a single film will devour that their tales arrive at the intended destination – to discover and touch the sensibilities of the audience.
If films are born out of the imagination then so the same could be said for the festivals that showcase them – festivals such as FrightFest that are crafted according to an ethos shared by four men who genre cinema continues to owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude – “‘Run by fans for the fans”, to find those great new voices in genre and see what difference they can make, and to ensure the FrightFest spirit of community endures.
But those who champion and showcase films, supporting their endeavours to find an audience on their ongoing journey from the intimate confines of its maker’s world, »
- Paul Risker
“We Are Going to Eat You!” The tagline for Italian Director Lucio Fulci’s 1979 film Zombie (originally titled Zombi 2) proves that his zombies get right to the point when it comes to finding their next meal. This is bad news for the humans on the living dead-ridden island of the film, but Cavity Colors has good news for Fulci fans: a return of their popular shirt and a new print based on the cult classic zombie movie is around the corner.
Available this Thursday, August 14th, beginning at 5pm Est, the “Maggoteye” T-shirt is Cavity Color’s tribute to 1979′s Zombie. The first 20 people to order the shirt will receive a free 5″ by 7″ “Zombie Flesh Eater” fine art print signed and numbered by artist Aaron Crawford, making this the only time the print will ever be available.
- Derek Anderson
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