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The Italians Are Invading Chiller Theatre!
Fans of 1980s Italian exploitation have every reason to rejoice. In three weeks, Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, New Jersey will host the Italian Invasion, a gathering of a number of stars from the Fulci period. Mike Baronas has put together a great collection of guests that include: the 30th anniversary Zombie reunion with Ian McCulloch, Al Cliver, Richard Johnson, and old Worm Eye himself, Ottaviano Dell’acqua; Silvia Collatina and Giovanni Frezza, the child couple from Fulci’s House By The Cemetery; sci-fi/ horror director Luigi Cozzi; action star Michael Sopkiw; and Fulci actresses Malisa Longo and Zora Kerowa, the latter of Anthropophagus fame.
In anticipation of the Italian Invasion, Mike Baronas was gracious enough to grant me access to three of the Invasion guests for quick interviews. I thank Ian McCulloch, Silvia Collatina and Michael Sopkiw for taking the time to answer my questions. »
Proving yet again that Lucio Fulci didn’t make movies like anybody else, his Cat In The Brain (a.k.a. Nightmare Concert, coming in a two-dvd set March 31 from Grindhouse) is a difficult movie to nail down into a single genre. With almost equal parts psychological horror, faux self-documentary awareness and enough stock footage from the director’s previous films to almost make this movie feel like a clip reel, it is both a self-reflexive statement on the illusion machine known as cinema and an intellectual fart unleashed in a crowded elevator.
From the opening scene of a literal cat tearing its way through Fulci’s fevered brain to the final shot of the maestro sailing away with a young beauty on a yacht christened the Perversion, this film is a head-scratcher. So while this would be a terrible place for a Fulci neophyte to begin exploring, for those »
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