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In addition to announcing The Guest as the opening night feature for this year’s Film4 FrightFest, it was revealed that’ll be co-presenting special performances by Goblin, who will live score Dawn of the Dead and Suspiria:
“For the first time ever in the UK, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will be performing live scores for George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead and Dario Argento’s Suspiria on consecutive nights at the Union Chapel, Islington, London N1 2Xd
On Monday 18th August they will be scoring ‘Dawn of the Dead’ – accompanying the Nms Records, German, English Language version of the film, and on Tues 19th August, ‘Suspiria’ – accompanying the Cde, Italian, English Language version. Doors open at 7pm. Audiences must be aged 18 and over.”
Tickets are on now available and you can purchase them at:
To read our recent interview with Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini, »
- Jonathan James
The 15th edition of Film4 FrightFest is to open with the UK premiere of Adam Wingard’s thriller The Guest, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and rising star Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring, It Follows).
Stevens plays a soldier who introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After beingwelcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
FrightFest has this year moved to London’s Vue West End and the full-line up will be announced on June 27.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — Adam Wingard’s killer thriller “The Guest,” starring “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens and rising thesp Maika Monroe (“The Bling Ring,” “It Follows”), is set to open Film4 FrightFest in London.
Pic, which is an homage to 1980s action movies, opens with the Peterson family struggling to cope with the death of their son, Caleb, in the Afghanistan War. They find some solace when an unexpected visitor knocks on their door, claiming to be Caleb’s former comrade.
Siblings Anna and Luke are at first reluctant to accept David’s presence, but he soon wins them over. Then a sinister chain of events causes Anna to question whether David is who he claims to be.
Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, said: »
- Leo Barraclough
Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, has just announced the Off-Frontières selections of the fourth edition of its Frontières International Co-Production Market.
Read on for a complete listing of all the titles being pitched at the event!
From the Press Release
Following the selection of the official Frontières line-up of film projects for the Frontières International Co-Production Market, another 12 projects have been chosen for the return of the Off-Frontières selection, for the market’s 4th edition.
The Off-Frontières projects line-up features a predominance of Canadian projects, complemented by projects from American, Mexican, Irish, British, French, German and Australian directors and producers. Highlights include the next features by Dario Argento (Suspiria) and by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), as well as follow-up features by Fantasia alumni Rob Grant (Mon Ami), Pat Kiely (Who Is Kk Downey?), Kerry Prior »
- John Squires
Scream Factory is just cranking out the classics! Brian De Palma’s cult hit Phantom of the Paradise will be making its American Blu-Ray debut on August 5th and we have all the detailed specs for you down below. While I’m not sure why the second disc isn’t a Blu-Ray, this looks like a great set for fans of the film.
From the Press Release
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Score and Adaptation, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture, Phantom of the Paradise is the Faustian tale of Swan, (Paul Williams, who also wrote the acclaimed score) an evil record tycoon who is tormented by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Also starring Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) and Gerrit Graham (Used Cars, Terrorvision), Phantom of the Paradise is a hilarious send-up »
- Andy Triefenbach
As we learned last year, our friends over at Scream Factory are bringing Brian De Palma's cult classic horror musical Phantom of the Paradise to Blu-ray for the very first time this summer, and on tap for you today are those full release details that you've been waiting for.
From the Press Release
The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, including new interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Willaims and Tom Burman; new audio commentary with producer Jack Fisk, a new audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, »
- John Squires
Very few musicals hit me the way that Brian De Palma’s 1974 underrated cult classic, Phantom Of The Paradise does. It’s just an absolutely delightful tale of revenge, selling souls and a songstress caught in the middle of it all. Definitely one of my favorite films of all time, you can definitely color me anxious as hell regarding Scream Factory’s announcement today of the full specs and August 5th release date of a brand new collector’s edition Bluray. For the complete info, read on! Long live Death Records!
“The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, »
- Jerry Smith
Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.
For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.
And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The »
- Phil Wheat
Our own Derek Botelho has dedicated countless hours over multiple years to his examination of the work of Dario Argento and we’re happy to see that The Argento Syndrome is now available to read around the world. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, we wanted to tell you about a signing event for the book that includes Derek and a number of special guests:
The Argento Syndrome – In Stores Now! Star-Filled Signing Event Announced!
A retrospective of Italian auteur Dario Argento, The Argento Syndrome is an examination of a career marked by such genre classics as The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae and Opera. The Argento Syndrome is part academic study, with essays on every film, and part personal memoir, detailing the author’s time in Italy on a trip to visit the set of Non Ho Sonno. Also included are several »
- Jonathan James
Exclusive: Paris-based sales company to hit Croisette with a trio of Official Selection titles, which also includes Keren Yedaya’s That Lovely Girl and The Go-Go Boys.
The feature, Argento’s third, is loosely inspired by her childhood as the daughter of the genre maestro Dario Argento and actress Daria Nicolodi who collaborated on classics such as Suspiria and Inferno before going their separate ways.
French-Anglo actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, another child of famous parents who has been a friend of Argento since meeting on the set of the 2000 mini-series Les Misérables, plays the lead Italian-language role, based loosely on Nicolodi.
Other Angle expanding »
When it comes to reading books on any of the filmmakers that have help shaped the genre that I love so dearly, if you’re like me, the more interviews with the creative people involved in said filmmaker’s career, the better. I love reading about the stories, the wins, the losses and everything in between, and sometimes the horror stories of certain productions are the ones that stay with me after putting the book down. Fans of Dario Argento who are looking for quite the in-depth book about the Italian “master of horror”, can now rejoice, as Icons of Fright-friend Derek Botelho’s “The Argento Syndrome” is now available for mass consumption. Years in the making, the book features an essay on pretty much every film that the Italian maestro has made to date, complete with interviews with everyone from Dario’s daughter Asia to Giallo co-writer Sean Keller »
- Jerry Smith
Thanks to technology, we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing movies in IMAX with crazy 7.1 surround sound making us feel like we’re right in the middle of the action. However, over the course of the past few years, we’ve seen a resurgence in “novelty” showings of films wherein the feature is accompanied by a live score. Italian prog-rockers Goblin will be playing their iconic score from Dario Argento’s Suspiria at a screening next month, but if you’re not into the whole horror thing, then maybe today’s news is more your speed. The Dissolve reports that J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, will be traveling the country starting next month with live musical accompaniment from various local...
- Mike Bracken
Giallo films have been a part of our beloved genre’s landscape for decades now and it’s safe to say that one of the reasons these films have endured is due to their remarkable musical scores. Italian progressive rock band Goblin, who worked on such classics as Dario Argento’s Suspiria, Deep Red, Profondo Russo, Tenebre, and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, toured the Us for the very first time last fall and is heading back to the States this spring for another incredible tour.
To celebrate their return, Daily Dead recently chatted with band member and iconic musician Maurizio Guarini about what fans can expect for this second tour. Guarini, who has been with Goblin off-and-on (mostly on though) over the last few decades in addition to working with other musicians on projects like The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and the original Patrick, »
- Heather Wixson
*Editor’s note: Icons of Fright friend Derek Botelho is set to release his new novel, entitled, The Argento Syndrome, an in depth look at the career of horror master, Dario Argento. The book features many candid interviews with everyone from John Carpenter and Asia Argento, to screenwriter Sean Keller and many more. We asked Derek to contribute his five favorite films by Argento, and alas, here they are. Read on!
When the name Dario Argento is uttered to a casual horror fan, you’ll often get a blank stare, or a puzzled, “Who?” in return; replace the neophyte in this situation with a horror junkie, the reaction could be a chuckle followed by, “He hasn’t made a good movie since Opera”. It’s a common, knee jerk, and dangerously nostalgic reaction I’ve been audience to many times. While it’s true that his career has seen better days, »
- Jerry Smith
After a phenomenal, sold out North American tour in 2013, Goblin is making a triumphant return to the Us this spring, and we have all the info you need right here. With only nine dates, tickets are sure to go fast!
Goblin scored a vast number of genre cult classics including Suspiria, Patrick, The Church, Deep Red, Tenebrae, and Dawn of the Dead. Their synth-heavy prog rock regularly veers into nightmarish and atmospheric territory, making them a truly original and iconic entity.
Their unique, high energy performances have become a thing of legend, and now they’re playing an exclusive run of dates in April/May 2014 throughout Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California. Check out the new tour poster, created by Ghoulish Gary Pullin, »
- Debi Moore
After a successful tour in the Us last year, Goblin is heading back to the States this spring with Zombi. We have a look at the brand new tour poster, created by “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin and the list of tour dates:
“The legendary Italian masters of the Horror Movie Soundtrack are best known for their collaborations with directors such as George A. Romero and Dario Argento, as well as their seminal album ‘Roller’.
Goblin has scored a vast number of genre cult classics including Suspiria, Patrick, The Church, Deep Red, Tenebrae and Dawn of the Dead. Their synth-heavy prog rock regularly veers into nightmarish and atmospheric territory, making them a truly original and iconic entity.
Their unique, high energy performances have become a thing of legend, and now they’re playing an exclusive run of dates in April / May 2014 throughout Florida, Arizona, Texas and California.
Goblin is also very pleased »
- Jonathan James
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini
A work that is chronologically and aesthetically his mid-period film, Teorema is Pier Paolo Pasolini at his finest hour. It is not Neo Realist cousin like Accatone (1961) Mamma Roma (1962), nor is it the debaucherous snarl of Salò (1975); it has a larger portion of the religious parable than The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966), and is as interested in sex as The Decameron (1971).
Teorema is a work of quiet suddenness. It moves quickly from documentary-style social film to its enigmatic plot, and Pasolini seems intent on doing away with any contrivances of a traditional narrative set-up. Within minutes of the opening credits the upper-class family at the center of the story receives a brief telegram: “Arriving tomorrow.” Immediately thereafter, the Visitor (or the Angel, as he’s sometimes called) is in their midst, disrupting and confusing husband, wife, son, daughter, »
- Neal Dhand
In this week's all new edition of 'The Vault,' we're going back to one of the Italian master of horror's most well regarded pieces of cinematic work. That's right. We're talking about Dario Argento and the movie in question is 'Opera!' For this commentary, we invited filmmaker and occasional Fearnet blogger Drew Daywalt ('Red Clover') along with actor Aj Bowen ('The Sacrament,' 'You're Next,' 'The House Of The Devil') to offer their insight into the wild world of Argento's unique horror!
After directing a slew of classics such as 'Deep Red,' 'Suspiria,' 'Tenebre' and 'Phenomena,' Argento returned with 'Opera,' one of his most ambitious films yet in which a budding opera singer (Cristina Marsillach) is stalked by a deranged fan hellbent on making her famous. He also makes her watch his heinous murders »
- Rob Galluzzo
The 1970s were a weird time. I'm glad I didn't have to live through any of it... but thanks to the internet, I can marvel (and mock) at the wonders of the 1970s.
Lalo Schifrin is best known as a composer who has scored hundreds of films, everything from The Amityville Horror to Dirty Harry to Thx 1138. He also put out a number of albums, mostly jazz instrumentals. In the late 1970s, he did a disco cover of John Williams' classic Jaws score. The BBC music show Top of the Pops decided to choreograph a strange dance to the song, complete with waggling legs, a swimming cut-out shark, and scared looks on the dancers' faces. The icing on this disco cake is that the dance troupe was called Legs & Co.
Sit back and enjoy the weirdness.
- Alyse Wax
To mark the release of Phantom of The Paradise on 24th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray Steelbook.
Brian De Palma’s inspired rock ’n’ roll fusion of Faust, The Phantom of the Opera and The Picture of Dorian Gray boasts an Oscar-nominated score by Paul Williams, who also stars as an evil record producer who not only steals the work of composer/performer Winslow Leach (William Finley) but gets him locked up in Sing Sing – and that’s not the worst that happens to him along the way.
Few revenge scenarios have ever been so amply justified, but the film is also constantly aware of the satirical possibilities offered by the 1970s music industry, exemplified by Gerrit Graham’s hilariously camp glam-rock star. Jessica Harper (Suspiria) appears in her first major role as the naïve but ambitious singer, on whom Winslow secretly dotes.
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