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Don’t Torture A Duckling is one of the most intricately woven, original giallo films ever made, and definitely one of my favorite Italian giallo films of all time. Numerous interviews credit Don’t Torture A Duckling (1972) as Lucio Fulci’s personal favorite, and it firmly established him as a major talent in the suspense genre in Italy. Don’t Torture A Duckling never saw a theatrical release in North America in the 1970s, and the film wasn’t released on VHS until 1999 when it was released in both VHS and DVD format by Anchor Bay Entertainment. Even though the time of VHS had come and gone by 1999, Anchor Bay released the film on VHS to appease horror video fans like myself. Blue Underground released the same version of the film again in 2007, but only on DVD and Blu-Ray. Currently, you can buy Don’t Torture A Duckling on VHS »
- Lianne Spiderbaby
From the Fantasia Film Festival press release:
The Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal and the Fantasia International Film Festival are teaming up for a second year running to present the Django Project, a retrospective that traces a parallel history of the Western. On the heels of the successful Nikkatsu retrospective organized last year, the two festivals will continue working together through a joint programming initiative. The Django Project will take the form of a two-part series that looks at the way a mythical genre was reappropriated – with irreverence, irony and outrageous excess – by other cultures.
The retrospective will begin during the 17th Fantasia festival (July 18 to August 6) with a first section featuring five films: Lucio Fulci’s Massacre Time (1966), Enzo Barboni’s They Call Me Trinity (1970), its sequel, Trinity Is Still My Name (1971), as well as two other films to be revealed at a later date.
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- Kyle Reese
World War Z, directed by Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, Stranger Than Fiction, Quantum Of Solace) may be the most talked-about non-comedy zombie flick to come along in over a decade. When it hits theaters on June 21st, horror fans will decide whether or not World War Z is an inventive game-changer in the trajectory of the zombie sub-genre. While we count down the days, let's spotlight the zombie movies that are already infamous as game-changers... the most influential zombie films in cinema history. Presented here in order of release, these were the movies that re-set the rules, re-defined the motion picture zombie, and re-routed the evolution of the living dead on film.
White Zombie (1932)
Director: Victor Halperin
The Thomas Edison / J. Searle Dawley short film Frankenstein put the undead on film in 1910. Robert Wiene's The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari was groundbreaking and influential on multiple levels in 1920. This masterpiece »
- Eric Stanze
When someone says a new movie is "made for horror fans," what they usually mean is that it's fun, fast-paced, nostalgic, and probably pretty self-deprecating or subversive. Movies like Scream, Slither, and The Cabin in the Woods are "made for horror fans" in that way.
Then there are films like Berberian Sound Studio, which is made for horror fans who take the genre very seriously. Not only does this movie hearken back to an era and location that means a lot to the history of horror films, but it also knows what seasoned viewers expect from a conventional terror tale -- and then it messes with those expectations in a series of highly compelling ways.
Set in 1970, Berberian Sound Studio is about a reputable British sound designer who arrives in Italy to begin post-production work on a new film. Unfortunately for the uncomfortable Gilderoy (Toby Jones), the project he's working »
- Scott Weinberg
The Silver Cinema in Poughkeepsie, NY, is the home of the Hudson Horror Show. Set in a location that is convenient for both upstaters and city dwellers, HHS7 is planning another sellout show this Saturday, June 8th.
The 12-hour film festival is being headlined by a 20th anniversary screening of Army of Darkness as well as the film that introduced us to Bill Moseley, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. Also screening will be cult favorites Infra-Man and the first ever Hudson Valley screening of 70's exploitation flick Gone With the Pope. Hudson Horror Show recently unveiled the name of their mystery fifth film... Lucio Fulci's House by the Cemetery.
In addition to the films mentioned, Hudson Horror Show 7 will also screen classic trailers, feature a variety of vendors and host a ton of giveaways, including a bunch of swag being tossed to the crowd by yours truly, Dread Central's Doctor Gash, »
- Scott Hallam
Tul-pa (from the Tibetan): meaning a magically produced illusion or creation. The concept of a being or object which is created through sheer discipline alone. It is a materialized thought that has taken physical form.
Italian rock star turned director Federico Zampaglione made a splash in 2009 when his first film Shadow played to a packed audience at London’s Frightfest. Returning some three years later, Zampaglione unleashed Tulpa on an eager and willing horror-hungry audience. I originally reviewed Tulpa after the Frightfest screening last August in London and whilst I loved the film for it’s classic giallo trappings and gloriously Ott murders, many attendees felt differently.
In fact, the reaction was so mixed that director Federico Zampaglione went back to the editing room post-screening, trimming some 20 minutes »
- Phil Wheat
Raro Video will be releasing the second volume of Fernando Di Leo’s crime films in a three piece set on Blu-Ray or DVD including the films Shoot First, Die Later, Kidnap Syndicate and Naked Violence. For those of you unfamiliar with Di Leo’s films, I have included the trailers & synopses below the official Press Release info. For fans of Reservoir Dogs or just crime & heist films in general, you will find some delight in these Di Leo films. Bravo to Raro for giving these films the TLC that was needed.
Los Angeles - (May 30, 2013) – Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian film label Raro Video announces the company will debut a second volume of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the “Master of mafia mayhem” Fernando Di Leo.
Outstanding in bold, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Hardly anything in the world gives me as much pleasure as Italian horror movies. They just make me really happy. Even the really crappy ones like Manhattan Baby (directed by Lucio Fulci) or – heaven forbid – anything directed by Bruno Mattei. Yes, I will sit down to that man’s films. I love cannibals, I love zombies, i positively adore all sorts of Italian horror based mayhem. I am also a huge fan of Giallo movies, and as some of you may have read, I wrote an article rating the best Giallo movies a while back.
The line dividing Giallo and straight out horror often becomes blurred in Italian cinema. Take a film like Torso (The Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence). On one level it is a typical Giallo concerning a murder-mystery – a who dunnit with a masked killer running around – one of the most obvious motifs in the Giallo genre. »
- Clare Simpson
To celebrate the release of the Blu-ray of Kevin Conner's horror comedy classic Motel Hell, Arrow Video have released a new online trailer showcasing what the deluxe edition has to offer.
Here's the official word from Arrow Video:
As with previous critically acclaimed releases, including George A. Romero’s “Knightriders”, Mario Bava’s “Baron Blood” and Lucio Fulci’s “Zombie Flesh Eaters”, Motel Hell has been given the “Arrow treatment”. In addition to the beautiful high-def restoration, this deluxe Blu-ray & DVD dual format edition will come complete with a wealth of special features and bonus material, including director’s audio commentary and filmed interviews with cast members, three brand new and exclusive featurettes, original trailers and promotional material, and a collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by renowned critic Kim Newman alongside extracts from Motel Hell the comic book.
And here is the official synopsis:
Set in a »
Last year saw the unfortunate passing of one of Grindhouse Releasing’s original founders: Sage Stallone. It was a huge loss for fans of exploitation and cult cinema as Sage was an advocate of uncovering lost films from the 70′s and 80′s and restoring them for new audiences to discover. Sage worked alongside Bob Murawski, a frequent collaborator with Sam Raimi and co-founder of Grindhouse Releasing. Thanks to their hard work and dedication genre fans were treated to releases of Cannibal Holocaust, Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, and the entertaining and gory slasher Pieces. These are just a few of the many titles the duo resurrected that Destroy the Brain’s monthly program Late Nite Grindhouse were able to show in 35mm over the years. After a two year hiatus which included Bob Murawski working on Raimi’s recent Oz film, Grindhouse Releasing will return with two new titles later »
- Michael Haffner
There's no doubt about it; the loss of Sage Stallone struck a true blow to the millions of fans who enjoy the old grindhouse flicks of yesteryear. Thankfully Stallone's legacy and love for these movies is about to live on in a big way!
From the Press Release
Grindhouse Releasing has announced Corruption and An American Hippie In Israel as the first in a series of new Blu-ray, DVD, and theatrical releases. Both movies will arrive on home video on September 10.
Founded by the late Sage Stallone (1976-2012) and Bob Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing has long been considered the Criterion of cult movie labels. In a span of seventeen years, the company has produced lavish restorations of such notorious titles as Cannibal Holocaust, Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, I Drink Your Blood, Pieces, and many more to worldwide acclaim from fans and critics.
"Sage and Bob were pioneers in catering to »
- Uncle Creepy
It’s time to stop treating Uwe Boll like some once-in-a-lifetime nightmare behind the camera, and to start acknowledging that he’s just another substandard genre filmmaker. He’s Lucio Fulci without the aesthetics and kinky fetishes, Takashi Miike without the profane poetry, Roger Corman without the imagination or generosity. No longer do you need to say, “Oh, I have Got to see the newest Uwe Boll movie, that guy is terrible!” No, Boll’s talents and skillset have improved to the point where the gotta-see-it appeal of his earlier mistakes has hardened into a pragmatic, dull sensibility, allowing his output to become a cottage industry of annual releases set to be engulfed by the pit of Netflix Streaming before falling into oblivion. The sensationalist documentary about Boll’s career that we all envisioned would likely have run out of things to say about the filmmaker before we reached the »
- Gabe Toro
Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Ethan Suplee, LeVar Burton, Danny Trejo, Heather Hemmens, French Stewart, Chad Lindberg, Lorenzo Eduardo, Andy Clemence | Written by Keith Allan, Delondra Williams | Directed by Nick Lyon
Nick Lyon, who previously directed the Ving Rhames starring Zombie Apocalypse, returns the the land of the living dead with Rise of the Zombies, another Syfy channel original movie that tells the story of a group of survivors holed up in Alcatraz, well away from the zombie plague. However when their island refuge is overrun by the undead they take the risk of heading back to the mainland to find a scientist who is rumored to have found a cure for the disease.
From the very opening of Rise of the Zombies you know that this film is going to be different. First off there is a solid explanation for the existence of the undead – in this case a virus has »
- Phil Wheat
It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters! Just what some of those critters are is the shockingly comedic story behind cult classic Motel Hell. Now, genre stalwarts Arrow Video are set to check us in for a fully restored worldwide Blu-ray premiere of the Kevin Connor-directed flick on May 13th.
From the Press Release:
Fully restored and finally available on Blu-ray for the very first time (anywhere in the world), Motel Hell is a prime cut of 1980’s cult cinema. Directed by Englishman Kevin Connor and starring a host of drive-in movie legends, it’s a bloody, gruesome and horrific barrel of laughs.
Horror fans rejoiced at the prospect of V/H/S, a horror anthology film directed by several up-and-coming indie genre directors, centered around a band of criminals watching VHS recordings of terrible happenings. Even before V/H/S was released, the wheels already began to turn on the film’s sequel, V/H/S/2, which is currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. Much like it’s predecessor, V/H/S/2 is comprised of a framing device and four short films (compared to the original film’s five). Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next), directed the film’s framing device, “Tape 49,” about a private investigator and his assistant breaking into a house and going through all those terrifying VHS tapes. Barrett also wrote the segment directed by Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next), ”Phase 1 Clinical Trials,” in which Wingard starred as a rich boy whose bionic eye makes him »
- Caitlin Hughes
Like Lucio Fulci in the last decade of his career Dario Argento is a talent in free fall a formerly respected filmmaker who has acquired a brown thumb everything he touches becomes a coiled and steaming mess. Each offering from the Italian maestro poses the same question how bad will this one be This first hint that Dracula 3D might be Darios cheapestlooking silliest movie to date comes from Giovanni Paoluccis credit as prouducer. If youre unfamiliar with Paolucci he also produced (and cowrote) Bruno Matteis Zombies The Beginning (2007) the crummiest funniest most inexpensive zombie flick this side of House of the Dead. »
Today let's dig into a more obscure entry in the giallo genre, a sleazy and totally weird thriller starring the legendary Klaus Kinski. While many fans of classic horror know Kinski for his career-defining performance in the title role of Werner Herzog's amazing 1979 version of Nosferatu, he's appeared in tons of other horror films including Crawlspace, Creature and Jack the Ripper; he's played Renfield, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Marquis de Sade, and often appeared in the films of Jess Franco. He was also totally insane, and his reputation as a wild man and notorious womanizer often overshadowed his prolific film career, a genre-spanning body of work which ran the spectrum from classics to crap. His resume also includes a few giallo titles, like this oddball 1971 production (originally titled The Cold-Blooded Beast, also Asylum Erotica) from director Fernando Di Leo, best known for the 1972 crime thriller The Italian Connection. »
- Gregory Burkart
After giving deluxe vinyl treatments to legendary synth symphonies from John Carpenter & Alan Howarth’s frequent collaborations (Escape From New York, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, and more), Death Waltz Records‘ is preparing to release Walter Rizzati’s iconic score for Lucio Fulci’s The House By The Cemetery! The UK based record label has also once again commissioned famed artist Graham Humphreys to illustrate the art for the sleeve, and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Check that out above.
No release date has been announced yet, but expect to be spinning these tracks on your own tabletop later this year. Thanks to Fangoria for revealing the exclusive cover, and be sure to head over to their site for an interview with the labels’ head honcho Spencer Hickman!
What other scores for your favorite horror or genre films would you like to see Death Waltz release?
- Justin Edwards
Speaking purely for myself, I prefer Lucio Fulci to Dario Argento. For my money Argento's movies were just fancied up slaughter-fests while Fulci's were more down and dirty. If you're a fan too, you are going to Love the following collectible from one of Fulci's finest films, The Beyond!
For just $161.50 (an odd price for sure) you can pre-order yourself your very own Emily (Sarah Keller) with Dickey (Random German Shepard) collectible! This gorgeous piece of art will be available for general consumption September of 2013.
In case you've been living under a rock or are too young to remember, in The Beyond the cellar of an old hotel is built on top of the door to the beyond. Bloody zombies roam there. A young woman who is heir to the hotel wants to restore it. She is confronted with strange events. A painter has a lethal fall, the plumber vanishes »
- Uncle Creepy
We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes Cowboys Vs Vampires release information, Compound Fracture screening dates, and an interview with Inhuman Resources co-writer Anthony O’Connor:
Cowboys Vs Vampires DVD Release Details: “The story of a western movie actor (Johnny Dust) still trying to make it big in a western film studio and theme park, when a ‘new management team’ takes over the park and turns the film studio into a fright-fest for the month of Halloween. Haunted by the image of his dead western movie hero, who appears to him on the little screen, Johnny unravels the real intent of management and its opening night ‘spectacular’, which takes place in the depths of the park’s cave.
- Tamika Jones
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