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Two New Major Soundtrack Releases From Cineploit Records

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By Darren Allison

“Omaggio al Maestro Ennio Morricone”- CD sleeve.

Cineploit Records launches two new releases“Omaggio al Maestro Ennio Morricone” (Cine 20) and “Omaggio a Joe D´Amato e Marcello Giombini” (Exploit 01) 7″ Ep to mark their 5 year anniversary.

Cinema Retro picked up on Cineploit’s talents very early in the day. I've been reviewing their releases now since those very first humble beginnings. When it comes to labels that are dedicated in keeping retro genre film music alive - Cineploit are arguably the very best. Never afraid to explore new avenues or indeed breathing new life into classic Giallo or Poliziotteschi film scores, the label has decided to celebrate their anniversary with the release of a tribute album ‘Omaggio al Maestro Ennio Morricone.’

“Omaggio al Maestro Ennio Morricone”- LP sleeve.

This highly impressive compilation of the Maestro's work is performed by various groups and artists from the Cineploit stable,
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Giveaway: Win Lucio Fulci's A Lizard In A Woman's Skin On Blu-ray from Mondo Macabro And TwitchFilm

Today marks the release of Mondo Macabro's wonderful Blu-ray for Lucio Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. Earlier today we posted a review, but the crux of it is that you want this disc if you're a horror or giallo fan.We don't often get giveaways for Mondo Macabro, but we got lucky this time and ended up with an extra copy of the disc that we'd love to share with you! But before I give you instructions on how you can enter, here's what Mm has to say about the film and presentation:Carol Hammond (Florinda Bolkan, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) is a sophisticated politician's daughter who experiences a series of vivid, psychedelic nightmares drenched in depraved sex orgies and LSD. The dreams...

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Now on Blu-ray: A Lizard In A Woman's Skin From Mondo Macabro

This week home video specialists Mondo Macabro release one of their highest profile Blu-ray titles yet, Lucio Fulci's 1971 giallo A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. The film has long been on collectors' most wanted lists for an HD upgrade, but before this there wasn't much to look forward to. A French Blu-ray was released last year, but it was relatively expensive and had it's own minor failings. Mondo Macabro has learned from the mistakes of that release to put together their own definitive version of one of Fulci's most under appreciated gems.If you only know Lucio Fulci as the director of ultra violent zombie films like Zombie, The Beyond, and City of the Living Dead, or even his other late '70s-early '80s horror films...

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February 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Crimson Peak, Freaks Of Nature, A Lizard In A Woman’S Skin

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February 9th has an interesting array of horror and sci-fi titles enjoying their home entertainment bow this week. Fans have Guillermo del Toro’s latest, Crimson Peak, to look forward to on both Blu-ray and DVD, and Sony is releasing Freaks of Nature on DVD, too.

We also have two different cult classics getting the HD treatment on Tuesday—A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Sheba, Baby (starring the eternally badass Pam Grier)—and for those of you Trekkies out there, Paramount is releasing Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection on both formats as well.

Other notables titles include Convergence, E.N.D., Hangman, Sociopathia, and Zombie Croc.

Crimson Peak (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay— a place filled
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Black Gloves And Knives: 12 Essential Italian Giallo

It's the season for blood and gore and unhealthy, possibly psychotic fixations, and few subgenres inspire obsession quite like "giallo" thrillers. But perhaps a detail-oriented, focused audience is appropriate for these particularly fetishistic films, as giallo is defined by outrageous production design, bold close-ups, intense color, memorable scores filled with sighs and shards of sound, and strange, gruesome murders performed by a very particular type of villain. With bizarre titles like "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin" and "Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key," they won't be slipping our minds anytime soon. Nightmarish but enthralling male-fantasy thrillers, tuned to a sexuality shaped by pin-up magazines, rock and roll, and the heightened, aestheticized world of movies and advertising, these bizarre spaces in which an urbane bourgeoisie reckons anxiously with social issues that were new and raw in the '70s — they heyday of giallo....
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200 Greatest Horror Films (170-161)

Special Mention: Shock Corridor

Written and directed by Samuel Fuller

USA, 1963

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose a killer hiding out at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff. But it’s difficult to remain a sane man living in an insane place, and the closer Barrett gets to the truth, the closer he gets to insanity.

Shock Corridor is best described as an anti-establishment drama that at times is surprisingly quite funny despite the dark material. The film deals with some timely issues of the era, specifically the atom bomb, anti-communism, and racism. It features everything from a raving female love-crazed nympho ward,
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Letters: spelling, Muppets, X-Men and bad posters

We answer more of your letters, with topics this time ranging from bad posters to Muppets to our inability to spell.

We've delved deep into our bulging post bag to look at some more of our readers' correspondence. As usual, here's a broad cross-section of your thoughts, suggestions and other stuff, ranging from classic Italian giallo movies, Muppets questions, and lots more.

If you want to send us a letter, a painting, or even a postcard while you're on holiday, our address is at the bottom of the page. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, here's the latest selection of geek missives...

You Can't Speel!

Most people groan and roll their eyes when people talk about grammar and spelling but as I have to put up with the general mass bad grammar etc. that is Facebook and the internet en mass I expect better from pages such as yours.
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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 100

Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.

Come Back Tonight To See My List Of The 200 Best!


Special Mention:

Wait until Dark

Directed by Terence Young

Written by Robert Carrington

USA, 1967

Directed by Terence Young,
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Giallo Fever: 'Slaughter Hotel'

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Giallo Fever: 'Slaughter Hotel'
Today let's dig into a more obscure entry in the giallo genre, a sleazy and totally weird thriller starring the legendary Klaus Kinski. While many fans of classic horror know Kinski for his career-defining performance in the title role of Werner Herzog's amazing 1979 version of Nosferatu, he's appeared in tons of other horror films including Crawlspace, Creature and Jack the Ripper; he's played Renfield, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Marquis de Sade, and often appeared in the films of Jess Franco. He was also totally insane, and his reputation as a wild man and notorious womanizer often overshadowed his prolific film career, a genre-spanning body of work which ran the spectrum from classics to crap. His resume also includes a few giallo titles, like this oddball 1971 production (originally titled The Cold-Blooded Beast, also Asylum Erotica) from director Fernando Di Leo, best known for the 1972 crime thriller The Italian Connection.
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Trance review

Review Paul Martinovic 22 Mar 2013 - 06:38

Danny Boyle's new film, Trance, has lots of ambition, but lots of problems, reports Paul...

There are things that feel seismically important at their moment in time, then fade in the memory as the years go by, their artifice and unremarkable nature suddenly apparent when plucked from their initial context.

The opening ceremony for the Olympics is not one of these things. It was spectacular then when I watched it in a garden in Hackney with all of my friends, initially sceptical, then awed by the spectacle, tickled by Bond and the Queen, weirdly moved by Mr Bean then completely won over by the NHS celebration, before heading onto the roof to watch the entire horizon explode into fireworks and generally radiate with the feeling that we (with we pertaining to us as individuals, our friendship groups and respective relationships, and the whole
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Giallo Fever: 'Don't Torture a Duckling' [Nsfw]

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Giallo Fever: 'Don't Torture a Duckling' [Nsfw]
Giallo: An Italian adjective describing the thriller genre, primarily in Italian books and films. Translated as simply “yellow,” giallo takes its name from the distinctive yellow covers commonly seen on Italian pulp thriller novels dating back to the late '20s. Giallo Fever: A condition afflicting fans of European horror cinema after prolonged exposure to giallo films. Symptoms include an increased fondness for '60s and '70s music and fashion, an enhanced sense of color, and occasionally intense sex appeal. So that's the short version... and here's where we're going with it: on a regular basis we'll be picking a film from the giallo genre, be it an esteemed classic, a weird obscurity or a modern spin on the formula, and bringing it to your attention. No heavy analysis, no film school mumbo-jumbo; just an overview, some highlights, and why you should see it... or in some cases, avoid it.
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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (Pt. 2): 124-101

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


124: (Tie) Inside (À l’intérieur)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

Written by Alexandre Bustillo

2007, France

Four months after the death of her husband, a pregnant woman is tormented by a strange woman who invades her home with the intent on killing her and taking her unborn baby. This movie is not recommended for women on the brink of motherhood. Inside is one of the most vicious and
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Carlo Rambaldi obituary

Special effects artist known for Et and the monster in Alien

If one asked filmgoers what they immediately visualise at the mention of Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and Steven Spielberg's Et: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), the majority would most likely name the creatures in the title roles – disgustingly malevolent in the former, and ugly but cuddly in the latter. The special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi, who has died aged 86, was almost entirely credited with creating the character of Et, not only conceptually but also physically, and with actualising Hr Giger's designs for the murderous alien loose on a space ship. Rambaldi's work on these two blockbusters was recognised with Academy Awards (shared) for visual effects. For King Kong (1976), he shared a special achievement Oscar.

On the surface, these lauded, large-scale Hollywood movies seemed a world away from Rambaldi's beginnings as a designer, model maker and special effects man on
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Carlo Rambaldi 1925-2012

Carlo Rambaldi 1925-2012
One of the great pioneers of movie special effects, Carlo Rambaldi has died at his home in Italy after a long illness. He was 86.Rambaldi had recently been living in the southern Italian city of Lemezia Terme, but was born in the north, in the village of Vigarano Mainarda, in Emilia-Romagna. He attended Bologna's Academy of Fine Arts as a teenager, and had intentions of becoming a painter. But an offer from Italian director Giacomo Gentilomo to create a dragon for the film Sigfredo proved life-changing.Rambaldi's work immediately became a staple of Italian horror and fantasy cinema. He worked with the maverick likes of Mario Bava (Planet Of The Vampires, Twitch Of The Death Nerve) and Damiano Damiani (The Witch In Love), and had the dubious honour of having to legally prove that his work was pure artifice, when some unpleasantness with a dog in Lucio Fulci's
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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made: Part 6: Best (Italian) Giallo Films

The term “giallo” initially referred to cheap yellow paperbacks (printed American mysteries from writers such as Agatha Christie), that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. Applied to cinema, the genre is comprised of equal parts early pulp thrillers, mystery novels, with a willingness to gleefully explore onscreen sex and violence in provocative, innovative ways. Giallos are strikingly different from American crime films: they value style and plot over characterization, and tend towards unapologetic displays of violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The genre is known for stylistic excess, characterized by unnatural yet intriguing lighting techniques, convoluted plots, red herrings, extended murder sequences, excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. Amidst the ‘creative kill’ set-pieces are thematic undercurrents along with a whodunit element, usually some sort of twist ending. Here is my list of the best giallo films – made strictly by Italian directors, so don’t expect Black Swan, Amer or
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From Goblin to Morricone: the art of horror movie music

The scariest horror films don't just make you want to cover your eyes, but your ears, too. Stephen Thrower on movie music with real menace

Please note: some of the links in this article point to gory or graphic horror movie scenes

There are two schools of thought when it comes to film music: some say you should scarcely notice it, while others are attuned to every flattened fifth. Being a musician as well as a film journalist, I've always been staunchly in the latter camp (although I did have to look up "flattened fifth"). It seems inconceivable to me that we should fail to notice something as profoundly affecting as a movie soundtrack, and that goes double for the horror genre.

From the moment Bernard Herrmann's violins assaulted the shower-loving public in Psycho, horror soundtracks have rarely been content as mere background gloop. James Bernard's music for
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This week's new film events

Deadpan Comedy Sunday Brunches, Bristol

No one uses the word "pan" to describe a face any more but the term "deadpan", originally coined in the 1920s, prevails, as does the belief that comedy is funnier when it's delivered with a straight face. So what better way to digest after stuffing your pan in the cafe (the ticket gets you £1 off) than a masterclass in mirth? Roy Andersson's beautifully staged You, The Living – a sort of Scandinavian sketch show – is followed by two weekends given over to the late, great, hilariously straight Leslie Nielsen, with Airplane! and The Naked Gun, while the Coens' Fargo rounds off the month.

Watershed, Sun to 30 Jan

Amer & Italian Horror, London

Aficionados of the pulp Italian genre known as giallo will be nodding their heads in recognition at new French movie Amer – a striking, stylish new horror that borrows liberally from the likes of Dario Argento,
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Beyond B-movies: Recreating The Scala's movie mecca

London's Scala was once the king of repertory cinemas, showing everything from high art to the lowest trash. Stephen Woolley talks about its festival-based return

In June 1979, I was 22 years old, and I published my first programme for the Scala cinema in London. Having served a baptism of fire at the Screen on the Green in Islington, and at the political film collective The Other Cinema, I had fire in my belly and wanted to create an alternative Nft, where you could laugh at Buñuel, weep at Sirk and scream at George Romero. In that first month we showed all-night Judy Garland classics and a celebration of Gay Pride Week shoulder to shoulder with macho men such as Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum and John Wayne.

We put on double bills, triple bills, all nighters on Friday and Saturday, and had a fully licensed bar with the best jukebox in London
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Italian horror made in England

In the early 70s, directors of giallo, the Italian horror genre, made a few tentative trips to England, producing at least one classic

When one thinks of giallo, the bloodsoaked Italian horror genre of the 1960s and 70s, one imagines axes through heads, rooms full of naked corpses, massive bloodshed, pioneering gore special effects, zany psychology, imported has-been leads, spooky music, far too many zooms, and terrible post-synched dialogue. The last thing that crosses your mind is England.

And yet in the early 70s, giallo directors made a few tentative trips to England, producing at least one classic of the genre, Lucio Fulci's Lizard in a Woman's Skin. There's also an enjoyable lesser effort, Jorge Grau's The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, which lives up to its splendid title (one of no fewer than 15 titles it has had worldwide).

Living Dead, made in 1973, features a mini-army of
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Frozen, Splice, Amer: Frightfest heads north!

Next weekend Film4 Frightfest is heading north to Glasgow, with a weekend (26th-27th Feb) of bloody mayhem in store for those lucky Scots. Things kick off with the European Premiere of Adam Green's snow-bound shocker Frozen, launched by the man himself (a long-time friend of Frightfest) straight from the set of Hatchet 2. Vincenzo Natali will also be in town for the UK Premiere of Splice, whilst co-directors Helen Cattet and Bruno Forzani are introducing their much-praised giallo homage, Amer. As if that's not enough, the line up also takes in "the fully restored, re-mastered, fully uncut and never-before-seen extra long version of the classic Lucio Fulci giallo, A Lizard In A Woman's Skin" as well as subway shocker Stag Night, Spanish camcorder sequel [Rec]2, The Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre and the remake of Romero's classic The Crazies.

Add to all this Frightfest's typically warm welcome and a plethora of other guests,
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