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Mark Allison Sep 29, 2017
At the 2004 Academy Awards, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King swept the board with 11 statuettes, equalling the records previously set by Ben-Hur and Titanic. When collecting the award for Best Picture, director Peter Jackson made a passing reference to the two films with which he had started his career in the late 1980s - Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles - commenting that they had been “wisely overlooked by the Academy at the time”.
Despite Jackson’s dismissal of his own early work, these films represent more than a curious historical footnote; they are the first steps from one of the most important blockbuster film-makers of the last two decades. When viewed from the lofty gaze of hindsight, they are not only »
This week’s list of horror-themed home entertainment releases is almost exhausting, as we have well over 30 titles coming our way on September 12th. For those who may have missed them in theaters earlier this year, you can now finally catch up with both The Mummy (2017) and It Comes At Night, as they’re both headed home on multiple formats.
Cult film fans should keep an eye out for an array of releases this Tuesday, including The Fox With A Velvet Tail, The Resurrected, the standard two-disc Blu-ray for Dario Argento’s Phenomena, The Creep Behind the Camera, Spider, and Don Coscarelli’s entire Phantasm series comes home in a five-disc DVD set from Well Go USA.
The Fox With A Velvet Tail (Mondo Macabro, »
- Heather Wixson
“Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds”
Th 4k restoration of Dario Argento’s Suspiria screens Midnights this weekend (September 15th and 16th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.
Director Dario Argento redefined horror in 1977 with his masterpiece Suspiria, the Citizen Kane of Italian cinema, a Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tale of outrageously nightmarish proportions. Jessica Harper plays Suzy, an American ballet student, studying at an exclusive dance academy in the Black Forest of Germany. After one of the students and her friend are hideously murdered in the first of Argento’s breath-catching set-piece killings, Suzy discovers that the academy has a bizarre history and, as the body count rises, she gets involved in a hideous labyrinth of murder, black magic and madness.I first saw Suspiria »
- Tom Stockman
Benjamin Wallfisch’s brilliantly sinister It score turns the human voice inside out – and it’s not the only one…
The world’s most terrifying clown Pennywise is back to stalk our nightmares in the new adaptation of It, on release now. Bill Skarsgard takes over from Tim Curry as the dreaded Stephen King creation and director Andy Muschietti’s movie has been praised for mixing genuine terror with Stand By Me levels of pathos.
It also marks the latest in a series of increasingly impressive chiller scores by British composer Benjamin Wallfisch. Having charged the likes of Lights Out, A Cure for Wellness and the recent Annabelle: Creation with a potent sense of musical fear, Wallfisch now scares the pants off us with his impressively creepy It soundtrack.
Sitting alongside some truly beautiful and tender material for our pre-teen heroes the Losers’ Club is an ear-shattering array of discordant horror techniques. »
- Sean Wilson
The first time I ever saw Dario Argento’s Suspiria, I was very young—somewhere between eight and ten (I’m gettin’ old, so my memories are fuzzy from time to time). Regardless of whatever exact number that age might have been, I just know I was definitely too damned young, because Suspiria shattered my budding cinematic sensibilities and screwed with my tender psyche in ways that would stick with me for my entire life. It’s a movie I’ve spent a long time loving, which means I’ve been patiently waiting for Synapse’s restoration of the landmark giallo film from one of Italy’s premier Maestros of Horror.
And after three arduous years (for Synapse, not for me, obviously), the 4K restoration version of Suspiria has finally arrived, and it is absolutely well worth the wait. Not only is watching every single frame like bearing witness to a work of art, »
- Heather Wixson
Mondo has some eerie tunes in store for your ears this week, as they'll be releasing the vinyl scores for Wild Beasts and The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, and gamers may be pleased to know that the soundtrack for the original Castlevania video game is also back in stock:
From Mondo: "Hey All - this week we have an Italian feast for you featuring the first-ever release of animals-gone-amok score for Wild Beasts and a much asked for repress of The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue. Both future the wild psychedelic art of Luke Insect who has absolutely killed it with these two releases. We also have represses of Castlevania, Streets Of Rage 2, and restocks of the Mad Max Trilogy 3Xlp and The Fly by Varese Sarabande!
As usual, new releases go on sale Wednesdays at 12Pm (Ct) at mondotees.com.
Wild Beasts - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP. »
- Derek Anderson
Guillermo del Toro will have a busy fall promoting his new movie “The Shape of Water,” but he’s squeezing in time to plug another project that’s not his own: Dario Argento’s expressionistic horror classic “Suspiria.” As a guest curator at the upcoming 50th edition of the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, Del Toro will curate a series of Italian gothic and giallo films, but he’s particularly keen on returning Argento’s work to the big screen.
“Dario especially needs this now that we have a little historical perspective to position ‘Suspiria’ as the work of pure madness and cinematic joy it is,” said del Toro. “I think it’s very important to celebrate his place in history.”
- Eric Kohn
"Do you know anything about witches?" Having been shaken to my core by the Goblin score while watching the 4K restoration of Suspiria at this year's Flashback Weekend in Chicago, I highly recommend you seek out the remastered screening if it plays anywhere near you (or several states away—it's that good). Thankfully, it will also be released on a new Steelbook Blu-ray by Synapse Films soon, and they've officially opened up pre-orders for the limited edition release and offered a look at the (not yet finalized) special features.
A specific release date for the Suspiria Steelbook Blu-ray has yet to be announced, but they're hoping to begin shipping it to fans in November. Priced at $49.95, you can check out the Steelbook's official details and cover art below, and you can learn more by visiting Synapse Films' official website.
"Dario Argento’s masterpiece of horror comes to home video »
- Derek Anderson
Joe D’Amato was a filmmaker that I only knew (other than his reputation for skin flicks and sleaze) from the one movie of his I had seen, Anthropophagous (1980), aka The Grim Reaper, aka "The One Where The Guy Eats The Baby Fetus." And going by that, I had a lot of trepidation upon opening Severin Films’ brand new Blu of Beyond the Darkness (1979), D’Amato’s exploration of necrophilia, icky maternal obsession, and stuffing the ones we love. I needn’t have worried. Beyond the Darkness, aka Buried Alive, aka Buio Omega, is not only vastly superior to Anthropophagous, it gives me hope that the D’Amato catalogue is filled with further gems to uncover. I mean, they’re not All porn, right? Right?
- Scott Drebit
For years, Ship To Shore PhonoCo have helped spotlight the soundtracks to cult horror movies, including George A. Romero's Martin, and this October they're presenting a live performance of the iconic score to Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, performed by the composer himself, Fabio Frizzi:
On October 29th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Frizzi and his band will perform his Composer's Cut of The Beyond score, followed by an October 30th performance of selected score excerpts from several of Fulci's films. We have official details and a score excerpt that you can listen to below, and to learn more, visit the Music Hall of Williamsburg online.
"Ship to Shore are presenting the New York City debut of legendary Italian horror film soundtrack composer, Fabio Frizzi and his 8-piece band on October 29 and October 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Ship to Shore will offer a limited edition 45 on two variants of color vinyl. »
- Derek Anderson
1987 may be the year of the last great Argento movie.
The horror genre has known few voices greater or more influential than Dario Argento, a master craftsman and revolutionary stylist who, from his debut feature The Bird With the Crystal Plumage in 1970 through the late 1980s, is responsible for some of the best horror movies ever made: Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebrae, Phenomena. In 1987, he wrote and directed what might be his final masterpiece, the giallo-tinged slasher Opera, arguably his most technically accomplished—and bloodiest—film. While more of a standard whodunit than his abstract supernatural efforts, there is such precision to the photography, such expertly staged choreography both in front of and behind the camera, that the movie deserves to be named among his greatest works if only for the dazzling purity of the filmmaking on display.
Opera was my first exposure to Dario Argento, but it wasn't the full »
- Patrick Bromley
Nick Aldwinckle Jul 20, 2017
With the DC cinematic universe currently riding high on the coattails of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins’ megahit antidote to the miserablism of messrs Bats and Soops, it would seem churlish to point out that company’s past failures. Things being as they are, though, with the recent release of a camp classic on Blu-ray, it’s time to do precisely that.
The sequel to Wes Craven’s 1982 superhero effort that was more Toxie than Alan Moore, Jim Wynorski’s 1989 adaptation of the tale of scientist turned mutant bog creature Alec Holland, slyly monikered The Return Of Swamp Thing, cranks the ridiculousness dial right up to 'comedy horror' level. As Swampy meets the love of his life, Abigail – Heather (Locklear) be thy name – and battles the evil Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan, »
“The Amazing Spider-Man 3” will never see the light of day, which many consider a good thing. The first two films starring Andrew Garfield as everyone’s favorite web-slinger inspired a lukewarm reaction, while the just-released “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has earned much more positive notices. A new video looks back at what might have been in the third chapter of Marc Webb’s trilogy, including a resurrection subplot that sounds fairly out-there.
“Part of the discussion was that, possibly in ‘3,’ there was this idea at one point that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died,” says Dennis Leary, who played Captain George Stacy, in the video. “So there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode three.” Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) might have returned from the dead as well. »
- Michael Nordine
When you hear the name Dario Argento you know what to expect. In many ways, he is the gateway director to Italian horror, and with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage we see his debut into directing. While not his best work, it set many precedents for the Argento style…
Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer finds himself witnessing a murder while on a trip to Italy. Unable to help the victim of the attack, luckily, the victim manages to survive. In the following days though Sam finds himself stalked by the killer, who he in parallel becomes obsessed with.
While I do like The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, I do find that Deep Red is his superior film which follows a similar narrative. What we have with Plumage though is an Argento film which has differences from certain traits the director has. One thing that doesn’t change of course is the fact that this is a Giallo. The mystery killer in the dark coat, the black gloves and the obsession with killing with knives is all in place. While the ending may not be what is expected, Argento is a director and writer who often gives a successful twist. In The Bird with the Crystal Plumage he gives one of his most memorable, and that is created through the museum scene.
In putting Sam in a boxed off glass room of the art gallery entrance, unable to get out to get help and unable to get into the museum itself he is left helpless, forced into being a voyeur to the murder. It is in this situation that the clues are put into place for what is a memorable ending. It is also interesting that the revelation is much similar to Deep Red in that it is interpretation and the memory of the crime scene that leads to the reveal of the killer.
A big difference to Argento’s later work is that the music for The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is done by Ennio Morricone. While I am a fan of Goblin who you usually think of when it comes to Argento, Morricone’s music is still very good, and fans of Quentin Tarantino will recognise the main theme. In fact, they’ll also see that Tarantino was paying homage to the opening of this movie in Death Proof.
Looking past the film itself and looking at the special features included with the Arrow Video release, there is an impressive list of interviews, as well as looks at the Giallo in relation to Argento’s work. The interviews with Argento himself are the highlight, but the interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp) is a very nice addition. He may have only had a bit-part in the film, but his performance was memorable enough to stick in people’s minds.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a solid release, especially for lovers of Dario Argento’s work. Not only his directorial debut, it set the scene for many of his future hits and featured one of the most memorable scenes with the art gallery scene. Deep Red may be better, but this is a necessary inclusion into any horror fans collections.
Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek »
- Paul Metcalf
Synapse Films made many viewers happy last year with their Collector's Edition Steelbook Blu-ray release of Dario Argento's Phenomena, aka Creepers, and if you didn't pick up the Steelbook, you'll soon have a chance to purchase the film in a standard (but still extraordinary) two-disc Blu-ray this September, along with The Creep Behind the Camera.
Featuring three separate cuts of the film, the Phenomena Blu-ray will be released on September 12th, the same day of Synapse Films' Blu-ray and DVD release of The Creep Behind the Camera, which explores the stranger than fiction story of the making of The Creeping Terror (which is included in the special features with a new 2K scan). Below, we have official press releases with full details, as well as a look at the cover art for both films.
Press Release: One of legendary filmmaker Dario Argento’s most shocking »
- Derek Anderson
There’s a bit of apprehension surrounding the Suspiria remake, but you have to admit the project has attracted some stellar talent. A Bigger Splash and Call Me by Your Name helmer Luca Guadagnino is directing the film, with a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Chloe Moretz. As if all that weren’t enough, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will be providing the score.
In a new BBC 6 Music interview, Yorke spoke about his approach to the project, revealing that one of the score’s inspirations was Vangelis’ now iconic Blade Runner soundtrack: “It’s absolutely terrifying…It’s hard because I’m way out of my comfort zone, and I can’t read music so it’s not like I’m writing for orchestra. I’m building it all myself. In fact, I watched Blade Runner twice at the weekend. ‘Oh, that sound, I could do something like that, »
- Chris Evangelista
Thom Yorke will compose the score for upcoming remake of Dario Argento's 1977 cult favorite Suspiria. Italian director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love) will direct the new version of the horror classic. These are going to be some mighty big shoes to fill for Yorke and Guadagnino as the score and lighting, respectively are arguably two of the most iconic features of the original Suspiria. Guadagnino has teased that he will be taking a different approach to the coloring, making it "cold, evil, and really dark." So what is Yorke's score going to sound like?
Yorke is best known for his work as the lead singer/multi-instrumentalist from Radiohead, in addition to his solo work and Atoms for Peace. He will be scoring the remake on his own. Though only speculation, the sounds of Yorke's Prophet 08 synthesizer will fit the bill perfectly. But Yorke is »
Author: Zehra Phelan
The reimagining of Dario Argento’s cult horror classic Suspiria, which is to be helmed by Luca Guadagnino, has found its musical muse to work on the score for the film: Radiohead’s very own Thom Yorke.
Yorke is best known as the singer and main songwriter for Radiohead, is diving in on what will be a first in his career. His fellow bandmate Jonny Greenwood has scored films such as There Will be Blood and The Master, and Suspiria will mark a new stage in Yorke’s musical career.
The remake is set in 1977 Berlin and follows a young American woman (Dakota Johnson) who joins a prestigious dance company. She arrives just as one of the members mysteriously disappears and begins to suspect that the dance troupe is harbouring a disturbing secret. Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth and Jessica Harper also star.
In a statement, »
- Zehra Phelan
John Saavedra May 11, 2017
Variety reports that Radiohead's Thom Yorke will score Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake. The 1977 original, of course, was directed by Italian master Dario Argento, and it's one of the most beautiful horror films ever made, in no small part due to its lighting and palette. Argento's film is also known for its dreamily haunting score, which was composed by Italian prog rock band Goblin.
Yorke will have to follow up on Goblin's ghostly soundtrack for the remake, but his past work with Radiohead would indicate that he's up to the task. In fact, the last three of the band's efforts, In Rainbows, The King Of Limbs, and A Moon Shaped Pool »
Dario Argento‘s Suspiria is one of the greatest horror movies of all time, a surreal voyage into a realm of unanswerable questions, horrible mysteries, and visuals that defy reality. It’s a colorful nightmare. It’s a 98-minute fever dream. And its score, by Goblin, will melt your skin off and explode your ear drums. While the […]
- Jacob Hall
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