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Directed by Can Evrenol.
A team of cops investigating a disturbance in an abandoned building discover more than they bargained for.
Imagine, if you will, a clash between the nightmare world of Clive Barker’s imagination and the hellish brutality of a Rob Zombie movie fed through the lens of prime Dario Argento at his most brilliant. Oh, and make it Turkish. Got it? No you haven’t, you’re nowhere near, but you’re on the right path as Baskin is the kind of horror movie that needs to been seen (experienced?) by anybody who has ever claimed they like horror movies.
- Amie Cranswick
Rome — The world premiere of Scottish director Colm McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic thriller “The Girl With All the Gifts,” starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and newcomer Sennia Nanua, will open the 69th Locarno Film Festival.
The buzzed-about zombie pic, which unfolds in an underground bunker where children are being examined by scientists hoping to find a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet, will kick off the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema on August 3. “Girl” will screen on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande venue with talents Arterton and Nanua, who is 13, in tow. Nanua plays a uniquely gifted child in the lead role.
Based on the novel by M.R. Carey, “Girl” is financed by the BFI (British Film Institute), Creative England, and Altitude Film. Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont produced. U.S. rights were acquired in Cannes by Saban Films. Warned Bros. is releasing in the U. »
- Nick Vivarelli
For the month of July, contributing writers of DestroytheBrain.com will be watching, reviewing and commenting on giallo cinema. We will be covering the sub-genre from a beginner’s angle and on the assumption that the majority of our readers are not aware of this giallo. Later on in the month, we will be getting into recent films that celebrate the idea of gialli cinema. Thanks for reading!
How Does One Get Into Giallo Cinema?
When I was mass exploring the VHS & DVD territories of horror cinema in the 90’s and into the mid-2000’s, most of my film discoveries were American horror films. Yes, there were some films, as I would later come to find, that were imports from Italy but when I watched those, I just figured there was bad dubbing and didn’t take into play that they were re-edited foreign films. In the early 2000’s, I »
- Andy Triefenbach
The director-centric 1970s were a time for pushing the boundaries of 'acceptable' film content, but John Byrum's witty and profane period piece about a Hollywood porn director was a step too far. Richard Dreyfuss leads a cast of utterly fearless actors in a witty and intelligent dissection of movieland decadence. Inserts Region A Blu-ray Twilight Time 1975 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date June 14, 2016 / (Nc-17) / Available from Twilight Time Movies Store29.95 Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Veronica Cartwright, Bob Hoskins, Stephen Davies. Cinematography Denys N. Coop Art Direction John Clark Costumes Shirley Russell Produced by Davina Belling, Clive Parsons Written and Directed by John Byrum
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
At least in Los Angeles, the theatrical showings of John Byrum's remarkable Inserts came and went (cough) so fast that nobody had time to be outraged. The reviews made it sound like sordid trash that could only attract men in plastic raincoats. »
- Glenn Erickson
NEWSPoster for Abbas Kiarostami's The ReportIt's been a devastating series of days for film lovers. First, Heaven's Gate director Michael Cimino passed away at 77, silencing one of American cinema's most importance visionaries. Then, Palme d'Or-winning Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76. It is very hard—very—to imagine cinema without these voices.Some good news from the much-criticized Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences: they are increasing the scope of their voting pool. Included in the roster, but strangely as writers and not directors, are such international luminaries as Mia Hansen-Løve, Jia Zhangke, and Takeski Kitano (Kiarostami was also added, as a director).With so much death in the news, let's celebrate a birth. Specifically, the 100th anniversary of Olivia de Havilland's birth. Farran Nehme Smith has penned a lovely homage for Sight & Sound:She continued to work all the way up to 1988, and her life has been full, »
Tuesday, July 5th is looking to be a busy start to another month of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases as there seems to be something for everyone coming to Blu-ray and DVD this week. Arrow Video has given Mario Bava’s Giallo classic Blood and Black Lace the royal treatment with their new two-disc special edition release and for those of you in the mood for an anthology film, Holidays is making its way to DVD on Tuesday.
Six Models. Six Victims For A Crazed Masked Killer. The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models... and backstabbing... and blackmail... and drug deals... and Murder.
Having established a template »
- Heather Wixson
*We’ve been letting you fright fanatics know more about the Icons of Fright staffers, more specifically the ones who have joined the fold within the last year or so. Since Icons of Fright’s inception (2004!!), the site has had the privilege of having some really great writers and creators and before joining the team, I frequented it quite regularly as a reader, so I thought it would be a fun idea to let you know about the current crop. My good bud, Leonel VHS is highlighted on this one, so enjoy! –Jerry
Hailing from the Central Valley of California, my love for horror films began in 1982 at the age of eight when, because of curiosity, my father sat me down in front of the original Friday the 13th as both a cruel prank and as an attempt to scare me away from them altogether. Growing up in a strict »
- Leonel VHS
Nicolas Winding Refn has made a provocative career out of blending the avant grade with traditional genre elements (see his latest shocker “The Neon Demon” for proof), and given the following seven films on his list of cinematic inspirations, this speciality of his somehow all makes sense. As part of his current publicity tour for the Elle Fanning-starring horror film, Refn has partnered with online streaming service Mubi to curate a season’s worth of titles based on the movies that have inspired and excited him most.
Read More: Here Are 12 of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Most Provocative Statements
Refn has always been an outspoken fan of Federico Fellini and giallo master Dario Aregnto, so seeing films like “La Dolce Vita” and “Suspiria” on his list shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, especially since the latter seems to have been a major influence on “The Neon Demon. »
- Zack Sharf
As a die-hard horror-phile, I owe a mound of gratitude to Dario Argento’s Suspiria for single-handedly introducing me to the foreign horror film. Before sitting through that amalgamation of bright-colored visuals and slick murder sequences, I had no idea that horror films were even made outside the U.S. Though the local mom and pop video houses and grocery stores spread around the area I was growing up in had some of them lining their shelves, I would have never known that they came from distant regions across the world. As a young teen living during the era of a very moral and conservative presidency, there was an unmistakable spark inside of me that had been lit after watching the original Friday the 13th that was yearning to become a bright, burning inferno. Growing up a very sheltered child, I attempted to find every book and periodical that would »
- Leonel VHS
Tuesday, May 24th has several fantastic DVD and Blu-ray releases that should get horror fans excited, especially the highly anticipated Collector’s Edition release of Manhunter from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Arrow Video is also releasing a stunning limited edition set entitled Killer Dames, featuring two overlooked giallo cult classics, and for those of you American Gothic fans out there (like myself), the entire series is finally making its way to DVD this week.
Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for this Tuesday include Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema Collection, Specters, Paranormal Sex Tape, and The Devil’s Woods.
Visit Trinity, South Carolina, a small town with more chills than charm. Sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) won’t let anyone – including local doctor Matt Crower (Jake Weber) or the determined Gail Emory (Paige Turco »
- Heather Wixson
To mark the release of Killer Dames on 23rd May, we’ve been given 2 boxsets to give away on Blu-ray. In The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet, Milano Calibro 9) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler, The Exorcist, Suspiria). […]
The post Win Killer Dames on Blu-ray appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Hannibal Lecter may have selected appropriate wine matches for his meat, but the cannibalism on display in French freshman writer-director Julia Ducournau’s succulent “Raw” is more opportunistic — the equivalent, say, of being able to handily throw together a meal from whoever is lying around. Premiering in Cannes Critics’ Week — where jurors will have had to sit up and take note, if not reach for the barf bag, “Raw” is a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft. Genre-led distribs will be slavering for a taste, while crossover to a slightly more mainstream crowd may be possible, provided they have strong stomachs.
The central narrative in “Raw” opens with an amuse-bouche of a scene, functioning as something of a tease for the banquet to come. Strict vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) orders plain mashed potato in a canteen, but when she chows down, »
- Catherine Bray
At this point it's no secret that I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino is set to remake Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic Suspiria, and that the project will reunite him with his A Bigger Splash stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes. But I haven't yet heard Guadagnino speak on the reasoning behind his decision to set the remake in 1977, the year the original movie was released and also, presumably, set. Luckily I had the opportunity to pose that question while chatting with him about A Bigger Splash (which expands this weekend to additional theaters in NY and La as well as Philadelphia, Phoenix, Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C). His answer was, to say the least, loaded. "It's a movie about a moment in time [in Germany] in which [there was] a great divide between those who wanted to forget the past and those who were demanding the older generation to confront the past, »
- Chris Eggertsen
After debuting at last fall's Venice Film Festival, Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash finally arrived stateside. It's another entry in the growing mass of festival titles taking their time to make their way to the Us, with last year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan oh so quietly opening next week as well.
A few extra months' wait for Splash is an acceptable compromise consider the six years wait fans of Guadagnino's 2009 slice of divinity I Am Love have had to endure. This time, Guadagnino looks to trade in Love's breathless romanticism for a feverish chic, but upping the ante of the former film's sexual intrigue. It would be some kind of crime against the audience to have a cast like Tilda Swinton (Guadagnino's returning muse), Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Dakota Johnson and not get a little randy.
But wouldn't you be willing to wait for summer to get »
- Chris Feil
Drive fans rejoice! The first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's latest thriller has arrived from Amaon Studios. And it's a very dark acid trip that will leave you wanting more. The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves. And it delves into the dangerous side of modeling.
The Neon Demon will have its world premiere in the Official Competition of the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Amazon Studios will release the thriller in theaters June 2016. Written and Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the movie is also headlined by Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks and Abbey Lee. Rounding out the young, beautiful cast is Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington and Karl Glusman.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women. They will take any means necessary to get what she has. And it will all leave you asking, 'What is the Neon Demon? »
I’ll be honest and admit that it takes a lot to get me to drop 40 dollars on a single title release, but the recent limited edition Steelbook of Dario Argento’s slasher masterpiece Tenebrae was something that I just could not pass up. I’ve had a longtime fascination with the movie, so when Synapse Films announced they’d be putting out a definitive edition of Tenebrae, there’s no way I could resist. Thankfully, Synapse Films does the movie justice with an edition packed to the brim with a ton of extras, a CD featuring a remastered version of the soundtrack, an informative booklet, and stunning artwork to boot. This is also the best I’ve seen Tenebrae look, with the Synapse restoration giving Argento’s film new life and keeping his vivid blood-soaked vision purely intact.
- Heather Wixson
Arrow Video announced an early July Us release of Blood and Black Lace (1964) on Blu-ray and DVD as well as a limited edition Steelbook. Directed by Mario Bava, the Blood and Black Lace Blu-ray / DVD is packed with features including, but not limited to, a 2K restoration of the original film and a new documentary exploring the giallo genre.
A Bava classic heading to U.S. shores!
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U.S. Release Date: 4th July 2016
Region: A+B / 1+2
Six Models. Six Victims For A Crazed Masked Killer.
The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models… and backstabbing… and blackmail… and drug deals… and Murder.
Having established a template for »
- Tamika Jones
Shock looks at this intelligent, almost academic investigation into Argento’s classic. “Academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion. Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates.” -Werner Herzog Leave it to Werner, that brat Prince instigator, to say something like the above; but really, I cannot say…
- Chris Alexander
Mvd Entertainment Group looks to please Emilio P. Miraglia fans with Arrow Video’s May Us Blu-ray releases, including the Killer Dames box set collecting The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Horror fans can also look forward to Arrow’s high-definition release of 1966’s Blood Bath that features all four versions of the Roger Corman-produced film.
Hired To Kill (Director Approved Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD)
No man on earth could get him out of prison alive. Seven women will try.
Release Date: May 17th
List Price: $29.95
Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Force and the Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is a hugely entertaining action flick featuring guns, girls and a plethora »
- Derek Anderson
For as much criticism as the horror genre receives for being sexist and misogynistic, it has a long history of strong characters and iconic performances from women, whether it’s Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein, Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Janet Leigh in Psycho, or Sharni Vinson in You’re Next. In the late 1970s and ’80s, actresses who stood out within the genre were dubbed “Scream Queens.” But that title doesn’t do justice to Daria Nicolodi, frequent collaborator of Dario Argento and a titan of Italian horror. That’s because Daria Nicolodi is no Scream Queen. Daria Nicolodi is a goddamn goddess.
A too often unsung hero of genre cinema, Daria Nicolodi helped shape the face of Italian horror both in front of and behind the camera. The story goes that Florence-born Nicolodi was so taken with Argento’s first film, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, »
- Patrick Bromley
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