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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 11: Vinyl & Video Game Releases

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Welcome back for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, dear readers! It’s been a wild ride over the last few weeks, with everything from toys and games to apparel to enamel pins to artwork and so much more, and for Day 11, we’re wrapping things up with a look at some of the best genre-related vinyl and video game releases from the last 365 days.

And since today is our final 2017 Holiday Gift Guide entry, here’s one last reminder: Daily Dead has once again put together some really cool Holiday Gift Guide prize packs this year, and for your chance to win one, just send an email to with “Holiday Gift Guide” in the subject line and be sure to include your full name and mailing address for your shot at some free horror-tastic goodies (limited to those who are eighteen years
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Vault of Horror – The Italian Connection to be released Dec 8 courtesy of Demon Music

Vault Of Horror – The Italian Connection To be unleashed on Dec 8 20 Classic tracks from the golden era of Italian Horror, featuring composers including Stelvio Cipriani, Fabio Frizzi & Ennio Morricone, with extensive biographical notes on each track by FrightFest’s Alan Jones The golden era of Italian horror dates from the early 60’s …

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‘Vault of Horror – The Italian Connection’ coming this December from Demon Records

During the early 60’s to the mid 80’s Italian horror was in its heyday – directors such as Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Antonio Margheriti, Umberto Lenzi, Joe D’Amato, and Enzo. G. Castellari directed some of the most outrageous terror films ever. Films that, at the time, pushed boundaries, depicting some of the most stylish and horrific on screen images. But at the same time these films included some of the most elegant and beautiful scores, scores which gained a cult following then and to this day – and they remain as popular now as they’ve ever been.

In comes Vault of Horror – The Italian Connection from Demon Records…

Featuring twenty of the most amazing film Italian genre themes ever, it is a heady mix of funk, disco, electronic and prog rock; featuring composers such as Stelvio Cipriani, Franco Micalizzi, Roberto Donati, Carlo Rustichelli, Nico Fidenco, Ennio Morricone, Fabio Frizzi,
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Fernando Di Leo’s Seduction (La Seduzione—1973) – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Italian director Fernando Di Leo is best known for his violent poliziotteschi, or crime films, like Caliber 9, The Italian Connection, The Boss, and Kidnap Syndicate, to name a few. However, like the majority of working Italian directors in the 70’s and 80’s, he worked in many genres including WWII pictures (Code Name, Red Roses), horror (Slaughter Hotel; Madness), and erotic dramas (Burn, Boy, Burn; A Wrong Way to Love). Seduction falls into this latter category.

Maurice Ronet stars as Giuseppe Lagan, a European playboy come back from Paris to settle his dead father’s affairs. He arrives in Catania, Sicily, and immediately rekindles his old friendship with Alfredo (Pino Caruso), a schoolmate of Giuseppe’s who is now a prominent jeweler in town. As they reminisce about their old flames, Giuseppe asks about Caterina (Lisa Gastoni), an ex-lover he’s never forgotten. It seems Caterina
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Rewind This! – The Review: A Look Back at the Days of VHS

I admit it, I’m a sentimental old fart. I get choked up and maudlin very often, when I think of family and friends, a moment in time when I realized the tragedy life can bring to us, or the joy. I tear up at the movies regularly, or reading certain passages in books. But I never thought I would weep at the loss of a video system. If you read We Are Movie Geeks regularly you must be aware of the video revolution of the 1980s, when VHS players and recorders found a place in almost every home in America. I hope you recall the early days when VHS was neck and neck with Betamax, a technically better system. Remember the days of Mom and Pop video rental stores when almost anyone could open a store front, and with a collection of VHS tapes start making money? As one of the many,
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Looper Is Real

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Looper Is Real
The year is 2015. Time travel has not yet been invented, but it will be in the future. Hit men known as "loopers" operate in the shadows, knocking off targets for mob bosses decades in the future — and then, eventually, their own older selves. But now one looper has come out of the shadows. He is 21-year-old Swede Konrad Annerud, and he has been tasked with hunting and destroying his 40-year-old self. There's only one question: Can he accomplish his mission before his older self sets in motion a series of events that will turn one ordinary model into a telekinetic supervillain?
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Slaughter Hotel Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

They came to the sanitarium seeking help, but the women in 1971′s Slaughter Hotel have unknowingly checked into a building they may never leave alive. In director Fernando Di Leo’s Italian slasher film, a lunatic with an axe stalks the women of the sanitarium, pushing their sanities — and their bodies — to the breaking point. Raro Video USA is now bringing this bloody Italian shocker to Blu-ray and DVD in the Us.

Also known as La bestia uccide a sangue freddo, Slaughter Hotel stars the legendary Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee, and Rosalba Neri. reports that the fresh high definition transfer of the film’s original 35mm negative will be hitting Blu-ray in the Us this September. It will also be released on DVD at the same time.

“From the maestro of mayhem, Fernando Di Leo (Rulers of the City, Manhunt) comes one of the sleaziest and nastiest slasher films ever made.
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Noir Film Festival at American Center, New Delhi

Noir Film Festival at American Center, New Delhi
A still from Lady from Shanghai


Noir Film Festival

American Center in collaboration with Cinedarbaar celebrates ‘Film Noir’ through screening of 8 specially curated movies.


8-10 May.


By invitation/ Pass (information below)


American Center Auditorium

24, Kasturba Gandi Marg

New Delhi – 110001

About the event:

8 May, 3:30 pm

Double Indemnity by Billy Wilder (1944), 107 Min

An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator’s suspicions.

8 May, 6:15 pm

The Killers by Robert Siodmak (1946), 103Min

Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

9 May, 3:30 pm

The Lady from Shanghai by Orson Welles (1947), 87 Min

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O’Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

9 May, 6:15 pm

Thieves Highway by Jules Dassin (1949), 94 Min

A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to
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Starz Developing 1970s Bank Robber Drama

Exclusive: Starz has put in development Most Wanted, a drama project from writer Chris Collins, director Ken Fink and author Dan Chaon. Set in the Great Plains during the 1970s, Most Wanted traces the rise and demise of Nate Daniels, a talented and prolific bank robber who finds himself on a collision course with his family and crew as he becomes one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted. “This period in American history was an incredibly rich and complex time, and we saw Most Wanted as an opportunity to bring these stories to life,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik. “We are excited to give this project the premium cable platform and to be in business with Chris, Ken and Dan.” Sons Of Anarchy executive producer Collins will serve as showrunner and will executive produce with Fink, while Chaon will co-executive produce. UTA-repped Collins recently sold conspiracy drama Anonymous
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TNT Developing Conspiracy Drama From Chris Collins & Wild West Prods.

TNT has put in development Anonymous, an action-driven drama from Sons Of Anarchy executive producer Chris Collins. Wild West Prods is in negotiations to board the project, about an ex-special ops soldier who discovers a global coverup that forces him to go off the grid to help those who cannot help themselves. Collins, repped by UTA and attorney Joel McKuin, will executive produce with Wild West’s Peter Billingsley and Victoria Vaughn. Collins, whose previous credits include The Wire, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Starz’s Crash, has several other projects in development including music-driven period event series Hit Men at Spike TV produced by Leslie Greif and Gene Simmons.
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Danny Dyer Will Be An Assassin

Danny Dyer Will Be An Assassin
Hit men getting into trouble by A) retiring, B) entangling their personal lives with their work or C) both is such a cinematic standby, it’s a wonder the Assassin’s Union doesn’t make them all get insurance to cover it. Danny Dyer’s signed on to play just such a troubled killer in Assassin.He’s only ticking one of the boxes in Jk Amalou’s film, which finds him as a professional contract slayer who discovers his latest target is the estranged father of the girl he loves. What a palaver, eh? If only there was a proper agony advice column he could write to for a way out of the situation. Or maybe he could watch Grosse Point Blank for tips."Jk has written a brilliantly slick script and I cannot wait to start work with him, he’s a force of nature of a filmmaker,
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J.J. Abrams wants rights to Stephen King's '11/22/63'; 'Zero Hour' and 'Do No Harm' get summer burnoffs

Producer J.J. Abrams is hoping to join forces with Stephen King for a TV project.

Abrams' company, Bad Robot, is in negotiations to buy the rights to King's novel "11/22/63" with an eye toward adapting it as a miniseries or TV series, Deadline reports. The book is about a man who discovers a time portal and goes to the past to try to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

There's a bit of an existing Abrams-King connection already. King has sung the praises of "Lost," which Abrams co-created, in the past, and the show incorporated a number of references to King's writing in its narrative. There was even speculation that King wrote the "Lost" tie-in novel "Bad Twin," although that turned out not to be the case.

More TV news and notes:

- Two quickly canceled shows from earlier this season, ABC's "Zero Hour" and NBC's "Do No Harm,
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Spike TV is Developing Scripted Series From 'The Imposter' Team, Gene Simmons and 'Crash' Writer Bobby Moresco

The male-centric Spike TV has filled its line-up with reality fare in the last few years, via shows like tattoo competition "Ink Masters," "World's Worst Tenants" and "Impact Wrestling." But today the network announced its intention to reenter the world of scripted programming with five "special-event series" (which seems to be another term for miniseries) in development from the likes of Raw TV, the team responsible for doc "The Imposter," Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and "Crash" writer Bobby Moresco. The move back into narrative fare comes as Spike TV, home in the past to "Blade: The Series" and "Stripperella," attempts to expand to a broader, less testosteroney audience. The network's last scripted project was 2007's eight-episode hostage drama "The Kill Point," starring Donnie Wahlberg, Michael K. Williams and John Leguizamo. Here's a look at the five series Spike TV has in development (all working titles). Hit Men From Leslie Greif ("Hatfields & McCoys"), Chris.
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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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Line-Up Announced for Sundance Film Festival 2013

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Every year, the festival circuit kicks off with a huge bang – Sundance.

It’s one of the biggest festivals for independent films around the world, taking over Park City, Ut every January, to bring together some of the biggest and finest names in the independent filmmaking world.

The line-up has now been announced for the Us and World Competition categories, along with Next, giving us a great first look at what we have to look forward to in January – and, looking ahead, at some of the films that will be coming to Sundance London in April 2013.

The first slew of films show incredible promise, with David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, and Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely leading the Us Dramatic category with so much potential.

Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints features an all-star cast, headed up by Rooney Mara,
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Competition Lineup Revealed

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17-27 and today the fest unveiled their competition slates including film in the Dramatic, Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic, Word Cinema Documentary and Next competitions. As always, these lineups are incredibly hard to predict, but amid this group there are a few interesting titles. The Dramatic competition includes Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight, a dark comedy starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch that centers on a L.A. housewife who hires a stripper as a live-in nanny. I had not heard of David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, but a cast that includes Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker and Keith Carradine is immediately appealing, while the plot compares itself to Terrence Malick's Badlands and Bonnie & Clyde telling a story of Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, two young outlaws who are brought down by the authorities in the hills of Texas.
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RaroVideo to Release Fernando Di Leo's Madness This August

We know you guys are always on the lookout for rare and unusual films so when we got the announcement that RaroVideo will be releasing Fernando Di Leo's Madness, starring Joe Dallesandro, in August, of course we had to share the news!

From the Press Release:

Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian film boutique RaroVideo announces Fernando Di Leo's Madness (1980) DVD release on August 14, 2012.

The film stars Joe Dallesandro, better known as the “Little Joe” mentioned in Lou Reed’s hit 1972 song “Walk on the Wild Side.” Dallesandro is considered by many to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th century, having starred in Flesh, Trash, and Heat among many others. A photograph taken by Andy Warhol of Dallesandro’s crotch bulge encased in a tight-fitting pair of jeans
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Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man DVD Review

RaroVideo:Referenced in Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2, Uomini si Nasce Poliziotti si Muore (Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man, 1976) opens with an insane motorcycle chase that was filmed in rush hour in downtown Rome with no permission from the local authorities. To top it off, this is one of the most violent and unconventional Italian style action films of its time. The credit goes to the director, Ruggero Doedato, best known for his infamous and censored film Cannibal Holocaust, and the scriptwriter Fernando Di Leo, author and director of some of the best Italian gangster films from the 70s such as Caliber 9, The Boss and The Italian Connection. Never before in film history have we seen such nihilistic and pathological behavior...
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Blu Monday: June 28, 2011

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Black Moon: The Criterion Collection (1975)

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Cathryn Harrison, Therese Giehse Synopsis: Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young Lily (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic life of an extremely unconventional family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Black Moon is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. It is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.

Camille 2000: Extended Version (1969)

Directed by: Radley Metzger

Starring: Daniel Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo Synopsis: Marguerite, a beautiful woman of affairs, falls for the young and promising Armand,
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DVD: DVD: Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection

Grades: Caliber 9: B+; The Italian Connection: B+; The Boss: B; Rulers Of The City: B- During Italian cinema’s boom years of the ’60s and ’70s, producers specialized in cranking out action films that could export easily, even if that meant tackling genres that weren’t exactly locally grown—like Westerns. Writer-director Fernando Di Leo worked with Sergio Leone on the earliest spaghetti Westerns, then tried his hand at a variety of genres, having his greatest successes with erotic dramas and the two-fisted crime pictures known as poliziotteschi. Unlike the Westerns, the best Italian crime movies came packed with ...
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