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Narciso Ibanez-Serrador’s The House That Screamed (1970) is coming to Blu-ray courtesy of Scream Factory on December 20th! While special features have yet to be revealed, we have a look at the cover art and initial details on the upcoming release.
This chilling 1970 horror film by Directed by Narciso Ibáñez-Serrador (Who Could Kill A Child?) has been cited as an influence on Dario Argento’s classic Suspiria. At a 19th-century French boarding school for troubled girls, run by the sinister head mistress Madame Fourneau (Lilli Palmer, The Boys From Brazil), students begin to disappear shortly after the latest student’s arrival (Cristina Galbó, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue). Could a mysterious killer be loose within the school’s dark corridors »
- Tamika Jones
The film, which will play in Venice Classics, was restored by Koch Media in collaboration with Norton Trust and Antonello Cuomo.
Italian filmmaker Argento, also known for »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days immersed in Netflix’s new original series, Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, the show proved a wonderful exercise in nostalgia; a delightful amalgam of the wide-eyed Spielbergian ingenuousness and nightmarescapes of Stephen King that so informed my youth. From the moment the opening credits began I was hooked and a large part of this had to do with the show’s opening theme music. Composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, members of the Austin-based electronic outfit Survive, the show’s theme immediately brings us into the curious world of Stranger Things. Analog synthesizer motifs creep in and out of the mix, pulsating ominously, intoning dread. A percussive heartbeat simmers underneath, propelling us forward into awaiting disaster and, paradoxically, backward to another time and place. When combined with the show’s titles—its »
The proposed remake of Dario Argento‘s giallo classic “Suspiria” has been knocking around Hollywood for years, yet it hasn’t had problems attracting talent. David Gordon Green was attached for a good while, had financing put together and had assembled a promising cast including Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Fuhrman, Janet McTeer, Michael Nyqvist and Antje Traue before legal woes tripped […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Italian horror maestro Dario Argento doesn’t think that his 1977 tale of witches at a dance school, Suspiria, should be remade any time soon. “The film has a specific mood,” Argento explained to Indiewire. “Either you do it exactly the same way—in which case, it’s not a remake, it’s a copy, which is pointless—or, you change things and make another movie. In that case, why call it Suspiria?”
The director also seems a bit miffed that nobody from any of the studios attached to what will probably be called Suspiria: Rise Of The Witches or something stupid like that has even asked his opinion. “I never got a call or anything, asking me about casting, locations, whatever,” Argento said. “I know nothing about this project except what I read in the papers.”
According to the 75-year-old director, he’s been waiting for the Suspiria remake »
- Mike Vanderbilt
I remain intrigued by director Luca Guadagnino's planned remake of Suspiria, mostly because the Bigger Splash and I Am Love helmer seems to have a real personal investment in the material. As the filmmaker told me back in May, "It's something that speaks much about my childhood, that movie...I saw the poster when I was ten and I was mesmerized by it. I finally saw the movie when I was 14, and I became obsessed. I grew up as a big fan of Dario Argento. It made a great impression on me. So I look forward to try to translate the impression I had." It's an ambitious goal, and I am curious how Guadagnino plans to capture the kind of bold, haunting magic that made Dario Argento's original so mesmerizing while making something that isn't a simple retread of the 1977 film. As revealed in a new interview with Indiewire, »
- Chris Eggertsen
“What is a ghost? A tragedy doomed to repeat itself time and time again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion, suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” — “The Devil’s Backbone”
Guillermo del Toro has trouble saying no. On the verge of starting production in Toronto on Fox Searchlight’s Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” and flying in to promote the opening of his Los Angeles Museum of Art exhibition “At Home with Monsters,” the Mexican filmmaker got on the phone with IndieWire. “I’m exhausted,” he admitted, “but this is light for me!”
- Anne Thompson
Any serious horror movie fan worships at the altar of Dario Argento. The Italian giallo legend has been directing gorgeous, haunting films for nearly 50 years, starting with 1970’s “The Bird With the Crystal Plumage” and continuing with such frightening achievements as “Inferno,” “Phenomena,” and perhaps his most famous work, “Suspiria.” That movie, the eerie tale of a ballet student who attends a haunted school, has been set up for a remake for close to a decade. Originally in the hands of David Gordon Green, “Suspiria” was briefly considered as a TV series before it fell to director Luca Guadagnino, who recently said that Tilda Swinton and Dakota Fanning had been cast in the film.
All of this is news to the 75-year-old Argento, who’s currently watching movies as the president of the “Filmmakers of the Present” jury at the Locarno Film Festival. The director took a break from his »
- Eric Kohn
Mind-blowing in the best possible way, “The Ornithologist” may not work for everyone, but those willing to embrace its puzzling ingredients will find a rewarding solution: further confirmation of a genuine film artist. The fifth narrative feature of Portugal’s João Pedro Rodrigues continues the soul-searching outlook and inventive storytelling of “The Last Time I Saw Macao” and “To Die Like a Man,” but reaches for even more ambitious territory with equally confounding and enlightening results. This isn’t a crossover moment for Rodrigues, a favorite in certain diehard cinephile sects, but nevertheless marks a major step forward.
The movie depicts the Homeric voyage of a modern-day ornithologist named Fernando (Paul Hamy) who inexplicably transforms into a revered Catholic saint. (More on that later.) As his journey begins, Fernando ventures down a tranquil river in his kayak, observing rare birds through his binoculars and enjoying the desolation. But the simplicity of his mission is short-lived. »
- Eric Kohn
There are endless ways to adapt Shakespeare to film, but it’s safe to say nobody’s doing it today with greater innovation than Matias Piñero. In four of his five spry features to date, the Argentine has depicted contemporary stories of young people facing a variety of challenges intertwined with Shakespearean texts. Piñero weaves the source material through his narratives in clever, unexpected fashion, from the romantic entanglements amid a rehearsal of “Twelfth Night” in “Viola” to the podcast adaptation of “Love’s Labour Lost” in “The Princess of France.” His latest, “Hermia & Helena,” finds a young woman adrift in New York while working on a translation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It’s the director’s first English-language production, but that’s not the only big change in his most intriguing effort to date.
“Hermia & Helena” dwells less on the parallels between a classical text and modern »
- Eric Kohn
A nearly 600-page biography of a French filmmaker would not make every summer reading list, but any discerning cinephile will consider Éric Rohmer: A Biography. It’s one of several stunning recent releases, along with a weighty oral history of Star Trek, an intimate remembrance of Stanley Kubrick, and a fascinating breakdown of the great Suspiria. Now that’s an eclectic roster of beach reads.
Even minor Star Trek fans will be spellbound by The Fifty-Year Mission, a stunning oral history from Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman. The first in a two-volume set — Volume Two, covering the last 25 years, will be released in late-August — is impressively comprehensive, and full of unforgettable stories. These include the original series rivalry between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, »
- Christopher Schobert
Like an intoxicating fever dream, writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s The Eyes of My Mother is unlike any film I’ve seen in quite some time, akin to a nightmare you just can’t quite shake off. Breathtakingly shot in black and white, Pesce’s unsettling character study is as heartbreaking as it is depraved, making for an experience that will stay with you long after its gut-wrenching finale.
The Eyes of My Mother starts off innocently enough, introducing a young Francisca (Olivia Bond) as she picks flowers and roams the remote farm she shares with her mother (Diana Agostini) and father (Paul Nazak). There’s a gentleness to Francisca’s world, where she picks flowers and observes nature, but there’s also a bluntness to it as well, as her mother is a former veterinarian who teaches her daughter some of her methods (including decapitating a cow), making for »
- Heather Wixson
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
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