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DVD Review: House of a Thousand Dolls

House Of A Thousand Dolls

Stars: Vincent Price, Sancho Gracia, Herbert Fux, George Nader, Martha Hyer | Written by María del Carmen Martínez Román, Harry Alan Towers | Directed by Jeremy Summers

With a title like House of a Thousand Dolls, Vincent Price starring and an opening scene featuring a horse drawn hearse you would be forgiven for thinking that the film is horror based. You soon find out that this is not the case but it may at least be paying a cheeky homage to its iconic star. The fact is though that House of a Thousand Dolls is a very different beast.

While vacationing in the Tangiers a couple meet an old friend searching for his missing girlfriend who is believed to have been kidnapped by a group of slave traders. When the friend is killed the couple are dragged into investigating both the death and kidnapping which appears to
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Alex de la Iglesia Brings The Last Circus to Town August 19th

The Last Circus is a Spanish language film that will be releasing in some theatres August 19th, thanks to Magnolia Pictures. This is a surreal film that puts a clown in the middle of the Spanish Civil War. The film seems to jump from frame to frame in the red band trailer for the film, while a sneering clown unloads clip after clip. This clown is not out to bring smiles but bloodshed and fans of the film can enjoy the North American poster for the film here. The graphic tells fans: "it's showtime!" And the show begins this summer.

A partial synopsis for The Last Circus is here:

"1937: Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A 'Happy' circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers,
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Its Showtime For The New Us One-Sheet Of Alex de la Iglesias The Last Circus

Alex de la Iglesia's Spanish thriller 'The Last Circus' (Aka 'Balada triste de trompeta') will be receiving a limited theatrical run across the Us from from 12 August, courtesy of Magnolia. And to celebrate the freakiness it's showtime for the new Us one-sheet which you can view below! Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, the sexy Carolina Bang, Manuel Tallafe, Alejandro Tejerias, Manuel Tejada, Enrique Villen, Gracia Olayo, Sancho Gracia, Paco Sagarzazu, Santiago Segura and Fernando Guillen Cuervo all star. Check out the new poster and official website below....
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No Clowning Around In New Red Band Trailer For Spanish Horror The Last Circus

How about kicking off your Monday horror fun with a look at the truly twisted world of Alex de la Iglesia's Spanish big top freak fest 'The Last Circus' (Aka 'Balada triste de trompeta'). A new red-band trailer has popped up online over at MSN.com. The flick stars Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, the sexy Carolina Bang, Manuel Tallafe, Alejandro Tejerias, Manuel Tejada, Enrique Villen, Gracia Olayo, Sancho Gracia, Paco Sagarzazu, Santiago Segura and Fernando Guillen Cuervo. Magnolia will be giving 'The Last Circus' a limited Us theatrical run from 12 August. Click the link below to view the new trailer....
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The Last Circus / Balada Triste De Trompeta (2010) Red Band Movie Trailer

The Last Circus Red Band Trailer has premiered. Alex de la Iglesia‘s The Last Circus / Balada triste de Trompeta (2010) red band trailer stars Carlos Areces, Carolina Bang, Antonio de la Torre, Fran Perea, and Fernando Guillén Cuervo. The Last Circus / Balada triste de Trompeta‘s plot synopsis: “1937 – Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A “Happy” circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father’s career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life – he’s simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work
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The Last Circus / A Sad Trumpet Ballad (2010) Movie Trailer

The Last Circus Movie Trailer has premiered. Alex de la Iglesia‘s The Last Circus / A Sad Trumpet Ballad (2010) stars Santiago Segura, Carolina Bang, Antonio de la Torre, Fran Perea, and Fernando Guillén Cuervo. The Last Circus‘ plot synopsis: “1937 – Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A “Happy” circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father’s career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life – he’s simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters,
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A Sad Trumpet Ballad by Alex de la Iglesia, Venice Film Festival 2010

We’re here to continue our little festival chat and represent another title In Competition for the Golden Lion statue, this year, at 67th Venice Film Festival.

Balada triste de trompeta or A Sad Trumpet Ballad is the movie that comes from Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia, and it’s already been described as the comedy that follows two circus clowns, but it’s definitely more than just a comedy….

Here’s the A Sad Trumpet Ballad synopsis: “…1937. The circus monkeys scream wildly inside their cage while, outside, men kill and die in another circus: the Spanish Civil War.

The Stupid Clown, recruited against his will by the Militia, ends up carrying out a bloodbath with a machete against the National soldiers while still wearing his costume.

And so starts this eventful adventure in which Javier and Sergio, two terrifyingly disfigured clowns, fight to the death for the ambiguous
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Alternative Tiff 2010 Picks: #6. Álex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus

#6. Balada Triste (The Last Circus) Director: Álex de la Iglesia Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Carlos Areces, Carolina Bang, Santiago Segura, Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Fran Perea, Sancho Gracia Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Buzz: To be unveiled on the Lido and to be presented in San Sebastian after Tiff, things are certainly looking good for this twisted, dark comedy especially if Magnolia Pictures, a distributor who usually jumps on finished films, bought the pic still unfinished. If you're not sold on the sequences below, then let the buzz from Venice do the convincing.  The Gist: Álex de la Iglesia's genius for dark humour is at its most eloquent in his latest parody about the Spanish Civil War. Two clowns attack and disfigure one another in jealous rages over a beautiful dancer. In the name of love, they destroy the very object of their affection. Tiff Schedule: Tuesday September 14 9:45:00 Pm
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Tiff 2010: The Clowns Do Not Look Happy In The First Poster For Iglesia's Last Circus

There are no funny clowns in Alex de la Iglesia's world. Creepy clowns? Yes. Macabre clowns? Definitely. But jolly, make the kids laugh clowns? Not so much. The first poster art for Iglesia's latest - about to take a bow at the Toronto International Film Festival - and it's delightfully grim stuff. Here's how the festival describes the film:

Alex de la Iglesia's latest feature, Balada Triste (The Last Circus), is a wild and hilarious film that exposes the nature of political conflicts in his country's recent history. Set in a circus, the film offers a pointed metaphor for the Spanish Civil War and the years of Franco's dictatorship. The war and its aftermath have been the subject of many films, but never has the darkness and absurdity of this period in Spain been so eloquently expressed.

The film begins in 1937, as circus workers are forced to aid
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Tiff 2010: First Footage From Alex De La Iglesia's Last Circus (Balada Triste)

Here's a little something odd and I don't mean the movie itself, though coming from director Alex de la Iglesia that's pretty much a given. No, with Iglesia's Last Circus soon to premiere in both Venice and Toronto - making it surely the highest profile film of his career - the first footage of the film has turned up via Spanish website El Pais. That's not odd, either, that's just good business. The odd bit is that instead of just giving El Pais the footage to properly encode and upload they instead a a camera man film the footage off of a monitor, ensuring that it would be washed out and unstable, essentially creating an authorized cam job. And that's just wrong for a film as colorful as this and a film maker as visual as Iglesia. Find the Tiff synopsis for the film below, the video below that and
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World Film Report Spain: Iglesia's Balada Triste de Trompeta and Carlos Iglesias' Ispansi

Spain Film Scene: Local Alex de la Iglesia's ("The Oxford Murders", "Day of the Beast") latest film "Balada Triste de Trompeta" finished principal photography this month (see pic of director above). This co-production with France's production company La fabrique 2, tells the story of two heavily scarred clowns, Javier and Sergio, that bloodily compete for the love of Natalia, the trapezist. Set in 1973, during the last days of the dictatorship of Franco, the director himself describes the film as a "grotesque tragedy of comedic horror." The film stars T.V comedian Carlos Areces, fresh from the success of its first film "Spanish Movie" and Antonio de la Torre, the critically acclaimed actor of Daniel Sánchez Arévalo's "Gordos", also starring are Sancho Gracia, Santiago Segura and Terele Pávez, all veterans from de la Iglesia's previous films. The film is set to be released at the end of 2010. After his hit debut "1 franco,
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