13 items from 2016
There's a kick-ass genre film festival in Melbourne, Australia every November called Monster Fest, and they want you to join them in worshipping at the altar of weird cinema --- and we've got an exclusive on their new festival teaser. This year’s festival runs from November 22-24, and Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, along with filmmaker Mark Bakaitis (Cult Girls), co-directed the teaser below. It's inspired by J. Lee Thompson’s 1966 Eye of the Devil, a folk horror tale (starring David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence, David Hemmings and Sharon Tate in her first role) which preceded Wicker Man. More from the press release: “Eye Of The Devil celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and our discussions around it became the backbone of this year’s theme...
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Bogart finds Bacall and movie history is made; for once the make-believe romantic chemistry is abundantly real. Howard Hawks' wartime Caribbean adventure plays in grand style, with his patented mix of precision and casual cool. It's one of the most entertaining pictures of the 'forties. To Have and Have Not Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date July 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael,Dolores Moran, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Szurovy, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour. Cinematography Sid Hickox Art Direction Charles Novi Film Editor Christian Nyby Original Music Hoagy Carmichael, William Lava, Franz Waxman Written by Jules Furthman, William Faulkner from the novel by Ernest Hemingway Produced by Howard Hawks, Jack L. Warner Directed by Howard Hawks
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Speaking for myself, I can't think of a more 'Hawksian' picture than To Have and Have Not. »
- Glenn Erickson
“I can feel death in this room! I feel a presence, a twisted mind sending me thoughts! Perverted, murderous thoughts… Go away! You have killed! And you will kill again!”
Dario Argent’s Deep Red (1975) screens Midnights this weekend (July 8th and 9th) 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.
Like all Dario Argento’s films, you have to be ready for completely off-kilter characters and plot machinations. Once you have excepted those eccentricities, though, Deep Red is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have watching a horror film and I think it’s Argento’s best. I saw the 90 minutes cut of Deep Red at least a half dozen times (mostly at the Drive-in under its alternate title The Hatchet Murders) before I saw the full, 127-minute version when it »
- Tom Stockman
Futurism by Forster, colonising space with Ballard and gleaming white hospitals designed by Ridley Scott – thank goodness it wasn’t all wiped
But this programme, which ran from 1965 to 1971, ticks just about all the boxes for lovers of older British genre TV: creepy title sequences; “radiophonic” music and soundscapes; plenty of appearances from soon-to-be familiar faces – from George Cole to David Hemmings, from Lesley-Anne Down to Burt Kwouk and Geoffrey Palmer.
Related: Radiophonic Workshop: the shadowy pioneers of electronic sound
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- Phelim O'Neill
Nick Simon‘s The Girl in the Photographs seems to be a story reverse-engineered from its final image — which, for a low-budget horror film, is an effective one. No spoilers here, and it wouldn’t matter if there were. By that point, it’s too little and far too late to redeem the film after we’ve been subjected to recycled horror tropes, which predictably clunk their way toward an unsettling final moment. Perhaps this should have been a short and not a ponderous, forgettable feature. In a sense, it’s a horror picture for the selfie generation — fitting, as the narrative is utterly vapid and shallow.
Colleen (Claudia Lee), a South Dakota waitress, begins finding posed photographs of murdered women left at the coffee shop where she works, uncertain if they’re real or staged. They indeed are: the photographers are a pair of deranged backwoods boys who lock »
- Tony Hinds
For as much criticism as the horror genre receives for being sexist and misogynistic, it has a long history of strong characters and iconic performances from women, whether it’s Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein, Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Janet Leigh in Psycho, or Sharni Vinson in You’re Next. In the late 1970s and ’80s, actresses who stood out within the genre were dubbed “Scream Queens.” But that title doesn’t do justice to Daria Nicolodi, frequent collaborator of Dario Argento and a titan of Italian horror. That’s because Daria Nicolodi is no Scream Queen. Daria Nicolodi is a goddamn goddess.
A too often unsung hero of genre cinema, Daria Nicolodi helped shape the face of Italian horror both in front of and behind the camera. The story goes that Florence-born Nicolodi was so taken with Argento’s first film, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, »
- Patrick Bromley
Dario Argento’s Deep Red is a strange little film. Widely considered the director’s masterpiece, a view that I personally share as a big fan of Argento, Deep Red is at times brilliant, at times confusing, but never less than a joy to watch in terms of cinematic originality.
The plot revolves around a British jazz pianist (David Hemmings) living in Rome who witnesses the brutal murder of a renowned psychic (Macha Meril). Haunted by the feeling that he may have seen something crucial to help with the identification of the killer, he begins an investigation of his own, aided by flirty reporter Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi), and a friend of the victim, Giordani (Glauco Mauri).
Stabbings, scaldings, hideous lacerations from broken glass and even more brutal manglings for our sanguinary delectation! Dario Argento's smartly directed murder mystery gives us David Hemmings as a jazz man in Rome, studying not photographic blowups but the hidden artwork of a disturbed child. With music by Goblin and striking Techniscope imagery by Luigi Kuveiller. Deep Red Region A+B Blu-ray Arrow Video (UK) 1975 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 127 & 105 min. / Street Date January 25, 2016 / Profondo Rosso / Available from Amazon UK £24.99 Starring David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra, Piero Mazzinghi, Glauco Mauri, Clara Calamai, Nocoletta Elmi. Cinematography Luigi Kuveiller Editing Franco Fraticelli Original Music Goblin Written by Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi Produced by Claudio Argento, Salvatore Argento Directed by Dario Argento
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
★★★★☆ Continuing Arrow Video's campaign to reinvigorate ageing giallo exploitation cinema with the freshness of high definition, Dario Argento's Deep Red is released today on Blu-ray disc. Beginning with the violent slaughter of a psychic, Argento's cult thriller soon develops into a gripping detective murder mystery following music teacher Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) and his flirtatious, sensual reporter 'partner' Gianna (Argento regular Daria Nicolodi). As with Suspiria and Inferno, Argento once again skilfully dances along the line between high and low film art. This isn't to say by any means that his films lack intelligence, but their greatest success is that they don't smugly call attention to their complexity.
Deep Red, 1975.
Directed by Dario Argento.
After a psychic is murdered a witness teams up with a reporter to catch the killer.
For anybody already versed in the works of Italian filmmaker Dario Argento then Arrow Video releasing a 4K restoration of his 1975 masterwork Deep Red (a.k.a. Profondo Rosso) will be one of the most welcome releases of the year. To those who have only seen Argento’s more recent output – such as the unintentionally hilarious Giallo or the godawful Dracula 3D – and aren’t quite up on why the director is held in such high regard by genre fans and critics alike then this lavish package of what is perhaps his most revered film (this or Suspiria – it’s a tough one to call, although Tenebrae is this writer’s personal favourite) is a »
- Amie Cranswick
Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra, Piero Mazzinghi, Glauco Mauri, Clara Calamai | Written by Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi | Directed by Dario Argento
If you were asked to recommend a good Giallo film, chances are you’d look to one of Dario Argento’s films as a good start. Arrow’s release of the 4k remaster of Deep Red is a new box set that is not only one of the best Giallos from the director, but also one of Arrow Video’s best releases in recent months.
When Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) witnesses the murder of one of his neighbours as he stands in the street below, he rushes to her aid. Unable to save the woman he looks for clues as to who the murderer is. The only thing he can remember is a painting that seems to be missing from the woman’s apartment. »
- Paul Metcalf
Above: UK one sheet for The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1976). Designed and illustrated by Vic Fair.David Bowie, who left our planet this week, appeared in some 20 movies, but his appearances on movie posters are restricted to just a handful of films. Many of his roles, especially in later years, were cameos or small, but significant, character parts. He memorably played Pontius Pilate in Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat (1996), and Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006); he appeared as himself in films as varied as Christiane F. (1981), Zoolander (2001) and Bandslam (2009); and he was endearingly strange as an FBI agent in the opening section of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992).His most important and iconic film role by far is his starring role as the titular alien in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth »
- Adrian Curry
David Bowie in 'The Hunger' with Catherine Deneuve. David Bowie movies: Iconic singer memorable as fast-aging vampire in 'The Hunger,' Nikola Tesla in 'The Prestige' Singer and sometime actor David Bowie, one of the iconic figures of the English-language music scene of the second half of the 20th century, died of cancer yesterday, Jan. 10, '16. Bowie (born David Robert Jones in the London suburb of Brixton) had turned 69 on Jan. 8. His son, filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon), has confirmed Bowie's death on Twitter. Bowie was seen in only a couple of dozen movies during his four-decade show business career. Among his most memorable film roles were those in the titles listed below. The Man Who Fell to Earth Directed by Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don't Look Now) from a screenplay by Paul Mayersberg (based on a novel by Walter Tevis), The Man Who Fell to Earth »
- Andre Soares
13 items from 2016
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