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Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them. – Pauline Kael.
The above quote from the late, legendary American film critic Kael was most certainly not referring to Lamberto Bava’s Demons (1985), but a lot of films in our beloved genre bow to this description. Demons is great trash – it wants nothing more to assault your senses with a barrage of images and sound for 88 minutes before you even know what hit you, and does so while breathing that rarified Italian air.
But I’m sure she was referring to a film like Demons – one made with a ton of style, by a filmmaker impassioned with his chosen topic, as ridiculous as that plays on the screen. And make no mistake, Demons is ridiculous; as a matter of fact, it starts there before rapidly ascending to the sublime. »
- Scott Drebit
Italian filmmaker Mario Bava has had a whole lot more influence on horror cinema than he often gets credit for, and as many fans have pointed out over the years, his 1971 film A Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Arrow Video Us – May 2016 Releases
New from Arrow Video Us Hired To Kill (Director Approved Special Edition Blu-ray + Dvd) Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers By Emilio P. Miraglia [Blu-ray + Dvd] Blood Bath (2 Disc – Limited Edition) via Mvd Entertainment Group Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with several new titles in May… Hired To …
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As the then brand-new format of the Digital Versatile Disc began making it presence quite apparent in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, hundreds upon hundreds of horror films that had either been forgotten or banished into obscurity suddenly began to resurface and slowly obtain a devoted audience. Everything from lesser-known slashers and overlooked art-house fare to catalogs full of lushly photographed pieces all coming out of the seventies and eighties were either finding their first ever releases on the format or being re-released in limited special editions. Distributors like early forerunners Anchor Bay were taking it upon themselves to locate and dig out these movies, give them glorious restorations and special features and release them to the buying public, delighting horror connoisseurs across the world. What resulted was an overwhelmingly renewed interest in and unexpected demands for films of that era, in particular the giallo that all began in »
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By Seth Metoyer
The sequel to the genre popular indie anthology Volumes of Blood is coming. The producers say this time around there will be even more gore and blood with 20 on screen kills. There's an indigogo campaign happening to help the film to be the best it can be for fans.
Check out the all the details about Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories below.
From The Press Release:
A couple plans to purchase an old home, but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or »
A "lesser" Mario Bava is still a fountain of great filmmaking; and this annihilating melodrama sees a score of greedy folk wiped out at an island retreat, for fun and profit. Shot (and stabbed) through with Bava's visual imagination, it's a sexy, memorable murder thriller. With an authoritative Tim Lucas commentary. 5 Dolls for an August Moon Region B Blu-ray + Pal DVD Arrow Video (UK) 1970 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 81 min. / Street Date February 1, 2016 / 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto / Available from Amazon UK £14.99 Starring William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech, Howard Ross, Helena Ronee, Teodoro Corrà, Ely Galleani, Edith Meloni, Mauro Bosco, Maurice Poli Cinematography Antonio Rinaldi Production Designer Giuseppe Aldrovandi, Giulia Mafai Film Editor Mario Bava Original Music Piero Umiliani Writing credits Mario di Nardo Produced by Luigi Alessi Directed by Mario Bava
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Five Dolls for an August Moon, 1970.
Directed by Mario Bava.
A group of people trapped on an island discover there is a killer in their midst.
The romantically-titled Five Dolls for an August Moon is a giallo from the master of the genre, Mario Bava. However, unlike his more notable works in the style such as Blood & Black Lace and Bay of Blood, Five Dolls for an August Moon was something of a cheque-cashing exercise for the filmmaker, who later claimed that this film was the worst thing he ever made, although looking at it now on this sparkly new Blu-ray from Arrow Video and comparing it to Bava’s other movies it would be fair to say the director may have been a bit harsh on himself. »
- Amie Cranswick
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