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If you're reading this blog, I'm willing to bet that you have at least a hazy idea as to who maestro Lucio Fulci is.
Once a director of mediocre sex comedies, second rate Westerns and rather competent "giallo" styled mystery-thrillers (I'm a big fan of his 1971 effort A Lizard In A Woman's Skin), Italian exploitation filmmaker Lucio Fulci didn't truly find his cult status footing until the close of the 1970's when producer Fabrizio De Angelis, so dazzled by the European success of Romero's Dawn Of The Dead (called Zombi in Italy), opted to employ the aging gut-slinger to helm an unauthorized Dawn prequel (or "rip-off" as the case may more likely be). The resulting motion picture collaboration was 1979's festering, maggot mangled horror hit Zombi 2 (or just plain old Zombie in the Us), a balls-out cannibal corpse epic that did even better box office business abroad than Romero's »
The Vault of Horror blog recently posted The "Cyber-Horror Elite's" Top 50 Horror Films of All Time. This list was generated from the Top 10 lists of "32 cyber-horror notables," as detailed Here.
This was created (as stated in the above blog post) in retaliation against HMV's "highly flawed" survey of the top 50 horror movies of all time, culled from HMV’s annual survey of more than 6,000 customers, and conducted on HMV.com over a four-week period between September 19 and October 20, 2008 (source: Here ).
This blogger does nothing to explain why he feels HMV's poll is "highly flawed," so I'm assuming it's simply because he didn't like the list, which is hardly the same thing. If there's a more scientific reason why it's "highly flawed," it wasn't addressed in the above blog post.
In his initial response to HMV's list he states, "... you have Saw in the top 5, which, even as a supporter of that movie, »
There's something special about saucy European sleaze horror in the 70's.
That unique blend of morally bankrupt, American potboiler pulp noir attitude combined with a distinct haute couture informed Euro-sexuality and sensationally stylized level of graphic, phantasmagorical violence just speaks to me. I worship Dario Argento, swoon over Sergio Martino, bite my lip at the name Leon Klimovsky, click my heels over Antonio Bido, pump my fists at the mere mention of Lucio Fulci…yes, I love these men and the maniacal works of misbehaving, lush, junk-shock cinema they once slung (and in some cases, continue to sling).
I've seen and own so many fantastic Italian, Spanish and French genre films from this period that I consider myself something of a connoisseur, a man who knows and loves his Eurotrash and can differentiate between a really good lurid treat, a middling one and one that couldn't cut the mustard in »
IGN has a fantastic chat with famed Italian director Dario Argento about his huge body of genre work. The subject of remakes came up, and Argento mentioned the SUSPERIA remake (being helmed by PINEAPPLE EXPRESS director David Gordon Green and rumored to star Natalie Portman) as well as (surprisingly) a remake to BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE.
Argento tells IGN, "Yes. I know now I think somebody wants to remake the film Suspiria. I don't know how this film will be, but I think people are interested in this because it's different. It's easy to understand – it's different from other kinds of films, horror or thriller. The walls inside are very strong, very important to describe it. I think somebody also wants to remake Bird With the Crystal Plumage (laughs). I hear that somebody wants to do that, but this is much more difficult to remake because there's a link to Italy in the 1970s, »
Like any hard core film buff I went through my yellow period, also known as a healthy obsession with Italian Giallo films, and a whole host of Dario Argento flicks obviously found their way onto my television screen. Film's like, Deep Red, Tenebre and, the director's first effort, Bird With the Crystal Plumage, were among my favorites. Well it seems that someone else likes BWTCP as, according to those news sniffing horror hounds over a Dread Central, Argento's been in talks with an unnamed studio about remaking the picture. Said Argento on the topic of remaking his classic crime thriller as opposed to the remake of Suspiria that is currently in the works; "This is much more difficult to remake because there's a link to Italy in the 1970s, which is a little bit difficult to do,” he remarked, ”but if somebody wants to do that, okay (laughs).” Personally, I'm »
The folks over at IGN DVD got a chance to sit down with Italian horror master Dario Argento recently to discuss the DVD release of his latest film, Mother of Tears. Of course the conversation inevitably turned to the current remake trend, and Argento let loose some very disturbing information.
Along with the Suspiria remake that’s been being threatened for the last year or so, Argento told the interviewer that someone is looking to remake his original giallo classic The Bird With Crystal Plumage. ”This is much more difficult to remake because there's a link to Italy in the 1970s, which is a little bit difficult to do,” he remarked, ”but if somebody wants to do that, okay (laughs).”
No, Dario, it’s not okay. Damnit, I’m sick of the creative bankruptcy that’s running rampant in horror these days, and I really think if filmmakers would stand up and say “no, »
- Johnny Butane
According to several reports, including Bloody-Disgusting and Fangoria, Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta, Star Wars, The Professional) will star in the upcoming remake of Dario Argento's classic film Suspiria! Portman's production company Handsome Charlie Films is supposedly producing the film. (Although Fangoria reports that Creative Artists is currently shopping the film.) David Gordon Green (who's latest movie Pineapple Express is now playing in theaters this week) will write and direct. Portman will play the role of an American dancer originated by Jessica Harper in Argento's movie. More when we hear it!
This news is probably going to irk some horror fans. Bloody Disgusting brings us word that decidedly non-horror Natalie Portman is wrapping her dainty mitts around one of the horror genre's sharpest blades, 1977's Suspiria from the Italian horror icon Dario Argento. Come to think of it, how more pissed could you be after we learned back in March that director David Gordon Green (of this week's Pineapple Express) would, in fact, helm the remake? Portman's own production company, Handsome Charlie Films, will produce the film. Is it me or does everyone have a production company nowadays? This doesn't seem to be shaping up well for the return of a film that has been described as having "the most vicious murder scene ever filmed." Will Portman be able to bring this remake some justice? For the life of me, I can't make heads or tails why these two are attached »
- Kevin Powers
Update - Portman's rep is denying the report below but Bloody-Disgusting is standing by its story. To be continued... Those dastardly fiends at "Bloody Disgusting" recently dropped the news that furry musician loving brunette goddess Natalie Portman is looking to produce and topline a remake of Dario Argento's 1977 trippy horror classic Suspiria. She'd presumably be stepping into Jessica Harper's shoes as the new girl to a fancy ballet school who get a little bit of a culture »
- Omar Aviles
The details are scarce, but it seems agency Creative Artists is out shopping the film around with Portman’s name on it, more than likely in the role filled by Jessica Harper in the 1977 original, that of a young dancer who attends a remote ballet school and is soon aware of some nefarious things going on behind the scenes.
How this remake will turn out is anybody’s guess, but chances are Gordon will, smartly, take a more linear approach to the story rather than try to duplicate Argento’s Technicolor nightmare. More as we learn it!
- Johnny Butane
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We heard some interesting rumblings this afternoon that we are trying desperately to confirm. What we've been told - and should be taken strictly as rumor - is that Handsome Charlie Films, which is headed by Natalie Portman (pictured inside) and Annette Savitch, will be producing the remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria. In addition, word has it Portman will topline the film that David Gordon Green is attached to direct. Green's Pineapple Express hits theaters tomorrow. Remember that this is Rumor until confirmed. In Dario Argento's original a young American dancer travels to Europe to join a famous ballet school. As she arrives, the camera turns to another young woman, who appears to be fleeing from the school. She returns to her apartment where she is gruesomely murdered by a hideous creature. »
One of the very first columns we launched at the beginning of Icons Of Fright was the Trilogy Picks: 3 Movies You Should Watch Tonight. It was a fun section where Mike or I would recommend 3 movies ideal for a triple feature. Well, it's finally back with Mike's latest contribution 3 Movies You Can Watch When You’re Babysitting (With Intent To Traumatize). And even better, we've converted all the previous entries all into blog format so they'll be easier to access, search and comment on. Below are all the links! Enjoy!
Giallo revolves around an American flight attendant who teams with an Italian investigator to search for her missing sister who has been abducted by a serial killer known only as Yellow.
The term "giallo" means "yellow" in Italian and also refers to the Italian pulp, horror and erotic genre of film and literature. Argento has built his name with movies that combine horror and eroticism such as 1977's Suspiria and last year's The Mother of Tears.
Giallo might mark the first time an actor of Brody's caliber has starred in an Argento film.
Production is set to start May 12 in Torino, Italy, with postproduction work done in Los Angeles.
- The closest David Gordon Green has ever come to the horror genre is having Josh Lucas embody some demon-like qualities in Undertow. I've had the chance to talk to Dgg and I get the impression that this guy doesn't chew up time: attacking one screenplay after another (look for that interview next week). I'm not sure if Dimension Films still own the remake rights to Suspiria, but via MTV comes the curious news that he intends to possibly direct a horror classic from maestro Dario Argento. See the conversation below. Also in other news (trivia this time): Indiewire found out that David Gordon Green got the directing bug from being an extra on an Oliver Stone set (to find out which film that was click here). "It’s an indisputable horror classic, and one of the scariest gosh darn movies you’ll ever see. So, naturally, when the »
By Aaron Hillis
Writer-producer-director David Gordon Green became an instant indie darling when his debut feature, "George Washington," snagged four Spirit Award nominations and the New York Film Critics Circle's award for Best First Film in 2000. An impressionistic drama set in the South (as are many of Green's films), "George Washington" was primarily crewed by Green's fellow North Carolina School of the Arts classmates and alumni, including "Great World of Sound" director Craig Zobel and others who continue to collaborate on each other's projects. In fact, cinematographer Tim Orr and composer David Wingo followed Green through his next three films . "All the Real Girls," "Undertow" and his latest, the 2007 Sundance entry, "Snow Angels." Adapted by Green from Stewart O'Nan's novel, the film is a poignant small-town drama about relationships young and old, some beginning and others breaking, with a top-notch ensemble that includes Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Griffin Dunne and Amy Sedaris. »
- Aaron Hillis
15 items from 2008
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