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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
By Darren Allison
Following the break-up of Emerson, Lake and Palmer at the end of the 1970s, Keith Emerson ventured into the world of film soundtrack composition with his score for Italian director Dario Aregento’s horror film Inferno in 1980. This, in turn, led to Emerson being commissioned to compose and perform the music for the Sylvester Stallone film Nighthawks in 1981. From here a succession of film scores were to follow for directors in Italy, Japan and the United States. At the Movies gathers together Emerson’s music for seven movies including Nighthawks, Best Revenge, Inferno, La Chiesa (The Church), "Muderock, Harmagedon and Godzilla Final Wars.
Disc One (Us Movies) contains 2 full soundtracks. Firstly, there is Nighthawks (1981) an enjoyable cop thriller from Sylvester Stallone. The movie co-starred Billy Dee Williams as Stallone’s partner, Lindsey Wagner (of TVs Bionic Woman fame) as the love interest and Rutger Hauer as terrorist Heymar Reinhardt. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Here on Dread we love when horror fans make their own faux Nes video games, and we've been delighted to come across many of them in our travels around the interweb. Today a brand spankin' new one has come to our attention, and you Italian horror lovers out there are absolutely going to love it!
We're in the midst of website Doc Terror's annual Italian Horror Week, which is loaded with all sorts of fun content written by some of the biggest and best in the online horror community.
As part of the festivities, James Harris and artist Frank Browning put together a particularly epic series of Nes games inspired by the films of gore-master Lucio Fulci. Centering on Fulci's "Gates of Hell Trilogy," the three faux games are based on House by the Cemetery, City of the Living Dead and The Beyond; and the sheer amount of work that »
- John Squires
Directed by Lucio Fulci
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. By this point in his career Lucio Fulci was severely running out of steam. His titles were no longer met with any fanfare and even his most ardent supporters had begun to think less of his newer creations. With his best days behind him the once acclaimed director turned towards two different pathways to help keep his filmmaking career afloat.
The first path Signore Fulci chose was to get more violent, bloodier, and gorier. This pathway produced mixed returns. At times the gore was outstanding, enough to keep a viewer interested and wanting more. In other instances the gore was in service of a paltry story and left the viewer wondering the point of all the brutality. Either way this pathway has very little bearing on Aenigma.
The second pathway chosen »
- Bill Thompson
Saint Louis has incredibly deep and rich brewing history. Even before Adolphus Busch married Lilly Eberhard Anheuser, Johann Adam Lemp had been running his brewery since 1840. He had been a grocer for two years prior, but customers preferred the lager he brewed. At the dawn of the Civil War, Lemp had about 40 competitors locally.
What happened to those competitors? We know what happened to one. But what happened to the competitors that went out of business? Did any of their recipes survive? Were they passed down to family members? Or do they live on in antique malls and collections?
Desert Storm veteran, Sam Harper (David Fralick) is killed by friendly fire in Grenada. He somehow remains alive long enough to murder the Army men ordered to collect his body. News of Sam’s death opens old wounds on the home-front. His sister, Sally (Leslie Neale) and estranged wife, Louise (Anne Tremko »
- Jeremy Jones
I used to watch any horror movie I could put my hands on, back in the good old days of VHS. Going to the different tape rental outlets in St. Louis, (remember Mom and Pop video rental stores? St. Louis used to be full of them.)
Getting to see movies like Re-Animator or Scanners in a theater was a very special treat. I could even enjoy the by-the-numbers of a Friday the 13th or Halloween entry. Blood and gore never bothered me, the more the better. If the movie wasn’t really scary maybe it might have been funny or so bad it was good.
Now, I don’t know, maybe it’s from getting old and having so little time to waste on these kinds of films. I find more of my time taken up with rediscovered silent films, »
- Sam Moffitt
An homage to the classic Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci Italian giallo horror films of the 1970s and 80s, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (2013) is a visually dazzling experience from the creators of cult 2011 hit Amer that takes you on a journey into mystery and blood-soaked terror that you will never forget. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's extravagant new neo-giallo, we have Three DVD copies of The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears to give away courtesy of our good friends at Metrodome Distribution. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
BookExpo America is a massive event, hosting nearly every publisher on the planet. To walk into it and say, "I've got it easy... I'll just be covering horror and spooky-themed titles!" is Laughable. Team Dread hit the show hard this year, determined to squeeze it for all it was worth...
It took us two days to walk every aisle of the Javits Convention Center in the heart of New York City and find those 5,000 new zombie books you'll see on the shelves later this year. Yeah, zombies are still hot.. with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. I bet you're shocked.
We came back with over 100 images (shot by the ninja-like Galaxia Siandre), and so the challenge became how to present this pile to you in a way that will satisfy hard-core bibliophiles but won't give our editors night terrors for the next three weeks. So we've posted the crème de la crème here, »
The moral panic associated with 'Video Nasties' in 1980s Great Britain is a cultural and political phenomenon that continues to live on in infamy in the memories of UK horror fanatics, including indie comic writer Mario Covone, who spoke to us about his new series, Video Nasty, which takes place during the mindless witch hunt of the times.
Having previously been founder and manager of the pioneering comic book store 'Apocalypse Comics', Covone makes his physically published debut with Video Nasty.
So what exactly was the turning point in his career? What gave him the inspiration and drive to take the leap from store manager to getting his very own product into the market?
Covone says, "I have always had a deep love for the medium of comic books and known that I wanted to be a part of the industry in some capacity, but growing up in a small »
- Gareth Jones
Last month, we thought it would be fun to reach out to a few of our friends in the genre, in order to bring you readers an article all about our favorite horror scores. The reception and the contributions exceeded our expectations, so when it was mentioned that “you should do a sequel to that article”, naturally, the next step would be just that: Sequels. So, we asked a few more friends, as well as some of the Icons gang, to give you a few words about our favorite scores to horror sequels. Enjoy! -Jerry
Rob G. (Co-Creator, Icons Of Fright; Host, Killer Pov): Psycho III
For me, Carter Burwell’s original score for Psycho III is one of the best film soundtracks to a sequel ever. Bold words, I know! After all, considering the history of composers behind the Psycho franchise. You can’t think of Psycho without »
- Jerry Smith
We first told you about Horsehead (Fievre) two years ago, and it's only looking weirder now. Come on in and check out a trailer that certainly has our attention.
Fievre (or Fever in English) is an English-speaking French horror film and it's Basset's feature film directorial debut. The film is being brought to us by HorseHead Pictures. It was co-written by Basset and Karim Chériguène and stars starring legendary Catriona MacColl (Lucio Fulci's muse), Franco-Australian revelation Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, famous English singer and actor Murray Head (Say It Ain't So, One Night In Bangkok), French model and actor Fu'ad Aït Aattou (The Last Mistress) and the French horror icon Philippe Nahon (I Stand Alone, High Tension).
For more visit the official Fievre website and "like" Fievre on Facebook.
Jessica has never dreamed in her life but has had regular nightmares, the meanings of which have escaped her. This peculiarity »
- Matt Serafini
Described by VODzilla.co as “the iTunes of horror”, TheHorrorShow.TV launched in 2013 and is the first UK-based video-on-demand streaming service specialising in horror and fantasy films. It is one of the fastest-growing VOD destinations in the UK, carrying over 120 films (to stream and/or download) from cult classics by the likes of Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento and Mario Bava, to new releases and the odd UK exclusive. Run by David Hughes and filmmaker and entrepreneur Jack Bowyer, the pay-as-you platform offers top-flight features, popular classics, cult favourites and edgy underground titles to stream or download via computers/ laptops and Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets.
TheHorrorShow.TV have recently hired esteemed horror critic Sott Weinberg (formerly of the now sadly defunct Fearnet) to do some Vodcasts for the service focussing on various aspects of, and movies within, the horror genre. The latest episode – which we are exclusively debuting – focuses on the zombie genre, »
- Phil Wheat
First time feature filmmaking duo Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani score a bullseye with this gorgeous, grisly and unforgettable bloody valentine to 1970s Italian thrillers. Stunningly designed and shot, a woman's life from childhood to adult years plays out as a ghost story, sexual adventure and psycho chiller. Fans of Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci will have a field day spotting the references, while others will be dazzled by this unusual, scintillating debut. »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
One of our favorite Diy Monster Makers, Spain's Freakland Shop, has joined forces with original Jason Voorhees portrayer Ari Lehman for a Limited Edition bust depicting the first ever screen appearance of the legendary Friday the 13th boogeyman. Measuring approximately 7 inches high, the hand-sculpted and hand-painted polyresin statuette depicts Jason at the moment he bursts from beneath the still waters of Crystal Lake – that unforgettable shock that helped kick-start one of horror's most enduring franchises. The bust comes complete with one of two collector's card options (buyer's choice), both signed by Lehman in silver marker. Get over to Freakland Shop pronto before they're gone... and don't forget to check out their equally cool bust depicting the gruesome “drill scene” from Lucio Fulci's The Gates of Hell, signed by actor John Morghen! »
- Gregory Burkart
Wheeler Winston Dixon’s Cinema at the Margins is an enlightening collection of essays and interviews. Wearing his encyclopedic knowledge lightly, Dixon shares his expert insights and research in an eloquent, eminently readable style. I chose to review his new book because its reference to the ‘margins’ held the enticing promise of new discoveries, and a brief survey of its table of contents confirmed that, alongside well-known and much-loved names, there were also unfamiliar ones. The volume covers an early film by Peter Bogdanovich, the horror movies of Lucio Fulci, American 1930s and 40s science fiction serials, the TV series Dragnet, the brief career of Argentine director Fabián Bielinsky and the long one of Hollywood director Sam Newfield, Robert Bresson’s Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), U.S. 1960s experimental cinema, Dixon’s own meditation on the shift to digital, and interviews with music video director Dale “Rage” Resteghini, »
- Alison Frank
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on the Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival, House of Monsters concept art, a Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series casting update, multiple trailers, reviews, and much more:
Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Details: “You can’t keep a lethal lady down. Flicks for Fans and Arrow in the Head, the team behind last year’s Evil Dead Fest, are proud to present the resurrection of the all new Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the famed art deco-themed 1940’s built Crest Theatre in Westwood, CA. This will be an amazing event for all film fans and those with an appreciation for strong roles by women in horror. As always Flicks for Fans will have much for fans who attend the fest including great concession specials, »
- Tamika Jones
If you're looking for a diverse and entertaining horror themed podcast, hopefully you've already found 'Killer Pov,' the weekly horror talk show podcast hosted by Fearnet's own Rob Galluzzo, Fangoria's Rebekah McKendry and Inside Horror's Elric Kane. Available on both iTunes and directly from the GeekNation website (who produces the show), the gang recently celebrated their 50th episode (!) and joining in on the celebration was none other than director William Lustig (aka Bill to those that know him well)! Lustig was the man behind the original 'Maniac,' the 'Maniac Cop' franchise, as well as cult classics 'Vilgilante,' 'Hit List,' 'Relentless' and 'Uncle Sam' (currently streaming this week in The Vault with exclusive video commentary by Heidi Honeycutt & Jill Kill), as well as being at the forefront of home video entertainment with his company Blue Underground.
During the lengthy 2 hour chat, »
- Rob Galluzzo
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