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Personally I think Italian horror maestro Dario Argento ('Suspiria', 'Mother of Tears: The Third Mother', 'Demons', 'Trauma', 'Tenebre') lost his filmmaking mojo a long time ago. I think truly long gone are the good times of Giallo and it's about time writer/director Argento adapted somewhat. Perhaps his reinvention will come in the form of 'Dracula 3D', his new adaption of the Bram Stoker penned classic novel? The new production that is expected to kick off next February in Hungary has just gotten itself a wealthy new investor in the form of Spaniard Enrique Cerezo. Best thing to come out of this news? Well Daddy Dario will probably cast his smoking hot 35-year old Italian daughter Asia Argento (below) in it. Check out Asia and her hot ass tattoo with nothing clinging to it other than a string thin thong! »
Nathan Hanneman, editor-in-chief of one of the premiere horror magazines on the shelf, Horrorhound, knows how to put together a convention.
Horrorhound Weekend (Hhw) is the magazine's twice a year convention. It is usually held alternately in Cincinnati - the magazine's base of operations - and Indianapolis, and has been gaining much notoriety since they kicked the first one off in July of 2007. He has really outdone himself this time. With the Cincinnati convention having just wrapped up last weekend there is no rest for the weary as it has been announced that none other than Horror icon and one of the genre's greatest directors, Dario Argento, will be appearing at the con in Indianapolis, March 25-27 2011.
As if that wasn't enough to make a horror fan drool all over their keyboard it has been further announced that it is now a full fledged Suspiria reunion with the additions of Barbara Magnolfi and Stefania Casini. »
- Robert A. Newberry
Raiders. Manhattan. Suspiria. Jeff looks back at ten of the most distinctive, unforgettable opening sequences in cinema’s history…
In fishing terminology, it’s the hook. In literature, the prologue. In teacher lingo, the ‘mental set.’ Call it what you will, movies also have methods to lure in audiences within the first several minutes.
Some of these set pieces are so meticulously orchestrated and satisfying in and of themselves that they even threaten to outweigh the rest of their respective flicks. Here are ten classic opening sequences you shouldn’t be without.
Did we miss one? Then add your own in the comments below!
The Indy series is more or less Steven Spielberg’s attempt to one-up James Bond (directorially speaking), with each of the movies aping 007’s opening set pieces, while not being explicitly tied to the main narrative.
Temple Of Doom probably wins »
Check out the trailer for the new version of classic gothic suspense tale Jane Eyre (based on Charlotte Brontë’s novel). Ghosts from the past? Check. Dark mansion? Check. Brooding, darkly handsome anti-hero that only Jane can save with her love? Check! Goblin music from Dario Argento's Suspiria playing in background? Check!
Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the torrid, sexual, and violent story as title heroine Jane Eyre and the dark, brooding, troubled, wealthy, and 'he looks like he's not worth the headache' sexy Edward Rochester. The isolated and imposing mansion where she works as a governess – and Mr. Rochester’s coldness – have sorely tested the young woman’s resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. Also, Mr. Rochester has a really vile and terrifying dark secret that prevents him from opening up and communicating with Jane! Just like most men I know! »
So damn peculiar. A trailer for the latest adaptation of Jane Eyre (opening in theaters March 2011) hit the web this week and they're selling it as a dusty, gothic, spooky ol' yarn, going so far as to add Goblin's memorable Suspiria theme. Kudos to the trailer editor for calling up this slice of music and making this look like The Others , but was it Focus Features' intention of making this look like a horror film of sorts? »
A Jane Eyre movie? On Den Of Geek? Bear with us on this one, because the trailer is actually rather good…
For anyone who associates the name of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel, Jane Eyre, with dreary English lessons at school or genteel Sunday evening costume dramas, the trailer for Cary Fukunaga's new adaptation will almost certainly come as a shock.
Playing up the horror/thriller undertones of the 19th century story, this is Jane Eyre filtered through the mind of Alejandro Amenábar or Dario Argento, and therefore makes it more than worthy of geek attention.
In fact, the classic, jingly tune from Argento's classic Suspiria is cheekily incorporated into a few scenes in the trailer, though we'd be extremely surprised if it made it into the finished cut of the movie itself.
Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani Writers: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani Starring: Cassandra Forêt, Bianca Maria D'Amato, Marie Bos, Delphine Brual, Harry Cleven, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Bernard Marbaix, Jean-Michel Vovk I was really disappointed this Halloween because I thought I did not have any horror films to review...so, in cases like these, I typically pop in old reliable (Dario Argento’s Suspiria) to get me through the night; but tonight, without knowing what to expect, I happened upon a screener of Amer and for whatever reason I opted to pop it into my DVD player. Honestly, I had absolutely no idea that Amer was a horror film -- and I certainly did not suspect that it would send my head spinning in blissed out neo-giallo delight! Amer (French for "bitter") is split into three distinct chapters, each focusing on Ana at distinct points in her sexual evolution: prepubescence, adolescence and adulthood. »
- Don Simpson
When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis: An American girl named Suzy (Jessica Harper) joins a prestigious dance academy in Germany only to find that it’s run by a coven of witches who enjoy making the technicolor blood run from the still-beating hearts of their victims. Killer Scene: Suspiria is without a doubt the best work from horror master Dario Argento, and that means it’s populated by dozens of killer scenes. It’s incredibly difficult to find one that stands out from »
- Cole Abaius
Janus Films' aggressive booking and marketing of Nobuhiko Obayashi's psychedelic art-horror film House (Hausu) has quickly turned a heavily-bootlegged Japanese obscurity into a North American pop culture phenomenon. So much has been written about House in recent years that one might get the impression that there is not much to say. To the contrary, The Criterion Collection's new Blu-Ray shows there is much left to be said about House.
Nobuhiko Obayashi was itching to use his skills as a television commercial director -- he did those Charles Bronson Mandom commercials floating around the Internet -- to make a feature film. He asked his 11 year old daughter Chigumi to come up with some ideas. She came up with some wild concepts that only a little kid could dream up, including: an evil cat, a house that eats people, a finger-chopping piano, murderous futons, a bleeding clock and all other sorts of mayhem. »
For the fourth year in a row, Isabel Fondevila of the Ata Film & Video Festival has sent me a complimentary screener of all the short experimental films playing at this year’s fest. Below are reviews for all the films being shown on the festival’s first night, which takes place on Oct. 21.
The individual films are all grouped under the heading “Human Nature,” which they all explore in their own unique ways. Each film could be characterized by how their characters communicate both to each other and to the audience. Viewers are typically pulled into the middle of intimate situations, even though that intimacy is sometimes being related through hearsay and anecdotal evidence.
Human interaction is sometimes a messy, complicated and sometimes downright ugly business and these films don’t spare us the grim details:
Union, dir. Paul Clipson. This is the fourth experimental film I’ve ever seen »
- Mike Everleth
Grimmupnorth 2010 is coming to Manchester for a second time this Halloween! Readers may remember last year’s coverage from the first Grimmfest last October ‘09. Well, we’re going back for more this year too. Festival director Simeon Halligan and his crew have spent all year finding some amazing new titles to screen at Manchester’s biggest horror film festival, including Evil: In The Time Of Heroes, which I missed at Eiff so am well up for seeing. There’s also the inventively named Canadian shocker, Dead Hooker In A Trunk, the Japanese genre mash-up Alien Vs Ninja, Thai thriller Slice, Zombie mock-u-mentary Reel Zombies and a horror doc featuring all kinds of industry insiders, The Splat Pack. There’s also a ton of activities and seminars for festival goers to participate in too. Personally I’m looking forward to the special screening for my favourite Argento film, Deep Red. »
Italian prog band Goblin's back catalogue differs greatly when compared to many of their contemporaries, given the fact that much of their output was made up of movie scores which more often than not were for the films of Dario Argento.
The band started out under the name Cherry Five, performing British style prog, but when their debut album failed to impress, they were left to reassess their situation. Argento had heard enough promise in their debut to hire them and would go on to use them a number of times.
Below are what I consider to be the most notable scores in Goblin's back catalogue:
I first saw Dario Argento's Inferno back in the mid-80s, when being disappointed by a Dario Argento movie meant something entirely different than what being disappointed by a Dario Argento film means today. The ostensible sequel to 1977's groundbreaking Suspiria, the ostensible second installment of a trilogy concerning the "Three Mothers," a wannabe-mythological conceit on which Argento hoped to hang epic international horrors, the 1980 Inferno had been backed by 20th Century Fox, the American studio also behind Suspiria. It got a tiny theatrical release that I completely missed, and was then shelved for quite some time, reaching this writer in video form just as he was also acquiring his Japanese laser discs of such Argento delights as the too-baroque 1982 post-slasher film Unsane a.k.a. Tenebre.
"The Grid" is IFC's new series about what's next in movies, gadgets, viral videos, games, and more. Each Thursday, IFC News dives into our archives to bring you more on this week's cool stuff. Here's what going on this week in "The Grid":
-Alonso Duralde anticipated the American remake of "Let the Right One In," "Let Me In." Matt Singer has our review of the film, and also spoke with the film's Oscar-winning composer, Michael Giacchino, on the red carpet at the opening night of Fantastic Fest. Alonso also mentioned director David Gordon Green's upcoming remake of Dario Argento's "Suspiria" and when Aaron Hillis spoke with Green back in 2008, he asked him about the project. ("It's very much in the spirit and vein of what Argento set out to do with the original movie," Green told him). By random coincidence, Green's shooting a movie right down »
- Matt Singer
Nothing says October like a horror convention, and Creation's Weekend of Horrors, returning to the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel this October 15-17, is shaping up to be one you don't want to miss. Take a look at the new names that have recently been added to the guest list.
Greg Nicotero - The FX master of the modern zombie himself (Saturday only)
Joe Bob Briggs - B-movie gourmand and host (all three days)
- Uncle Creepy
Matt loves classic 70s and 80s Italian horror movies, but finds they have a nasty tendency to play on his worst eye-gouging fears...
Before we get going, a quick warning. I'll be talking about the film Inferno and if you haven't seen it, sort-of spoilers lie ahead. Also, and perhaps more seriously, I'll be using some potentially offensive terms, such as recto-bollocking and pelvic inference. You have been warned.
Urgh, don't touch my eyes!
Something that I have in common with most normal people is that I don't like things touching my eyes. However, where I tend to leave normal folks behind is that I, on occasion, will lose sleep worrying about something happening to my beloved eyeballs. My brain has turned against me and, against my will, I can spend sleepless hours at night imagining pointy pokey things making an unwelcome intrusion into my vision-bulbs.
It's to the extent that, »
We’re taking a field trip back in time to a more colorful era of cinema… back to the 70’s, specifically to the age of Grindhouse Cinema! Robert Rodriguez’s newest film Machete, a loving throwback to the golden age of grindhouse, opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, September 3rd. We Are Movie Geeks simply couldn’t resist the urge of revisiting our favorite grindhouse films, filled with blood and violence, babes getting revenge, cheesy dialogue and that beautiful grainy look that epitomizes the films of this genre.
10. Rolling Thunder
William Devane plays Major Charles Rane in this 1977 classic of the revenge sub-genre of grindhouse cinema. One part film noir for a new era of film, one part violent action flick that relies so well on character and story over special effects, Rolling Thunder is a film that deserves a much wider recognition. Being the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino »
- Movie Geeks
The second in Dario Argento's Three Mothers Trilogy, following Suspiria in 1977 and belatedly concluded with Mother of Tears in 2007, Inferno is an oft overlooked work from the director's glory days. Whilst Argento's trademark extended death sequences never quite reach the imaginative heights of Suspiria or Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) the film is a marvel to look at, with a number of unforgettable and truly macabre scenes.
Even for Argento the plot here is, by his own admission, full of 'riddles'. And that's no understatement. Rose Elliot (Irene Miracle) is a young poetess who begins to explore the history of her New York apartment block, stumbling on the frightening mythology of 'The Three Mothers' - ostensibly three witches' covens in Rome, New York and Freiberg, Germany. After a succession of decidedly unsettling events she makes a desperate call to her brother Mark (Leigh McCloskey) in Rome. On arriving in New »
After months and months of trudging through the cinematic muck and mire, we now enter the most special time of the year, Oscar Season! More specifically, OscarWatch 2010. First film on the OscarWatch 2010 docket, Natalie Portman in Darren’s Aronofsky’s highly anticipated Black Swan.
Looks at the log line for Black Swan:
A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City Ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis).
The film will have its grand premiere at the Venice Film Festival a week from tomorrow.
Now if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, let’s take a look at the trailer:
So, is your appetite whet now for Black Swan?
Clearly, there’s a lot more going on in the film than the »
- Douglas Reinhardt
Supposedly told in three segments, Amer is a giallo-inspired story of young Ana’s sexual and sensual growth from girl to woman. At least that’s what the directors are saying.
Surrealist and extremely hard to follow (or to invest in emotionally), Amer is openly an ode to the films of Dario Argento and Mario Bava, but decidedly leaves out something that both directors usually had a plot. Depicting a series of actresses as the confused and confusing Ana as she grows from girlhood to the prime of womanhood, Amer attempts heavy handedly to repulse and excite without creating any drama or narrative. That kind of thing can work, but it doesn’t work here. Frankly, I’m a little baffled at how »
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