5 items from 2013
UK-based record company Death Waltz has risen up from relative obscurity to worldwide acclaim – especially among horror soundtrack collectors – thanks to their amazing attention to detail in the releases of classic horror movie soundtracks on vinyl. Their quality pressings (often blood-red) and vintage-style artwork for soundtracks to The Fog, Escape from New York, Prince of Darkness, Zombie, House by the Cemetery and Maniac have endeared them to vinyl collectors, genre fans and soundtrack junkies alike (yours truly included), and their artistry recently landed them a feature on high-profile music site Pitchfork. This month, Death Waltz is taking it to the next level with the first new recording from the recently-reunited Goblin – the Italian rockers best known for their soundtracks to Dario Argento's classic films Suspiria and Deep Red (among many others). As we reported earlier this Summer, Goblin is on a massive world tour this year – including their first »
- Gregory Burkart
Sometimes, there are scenes in cinema that are so horribly violent, they worm their way into your brain and you never forget them. They might come out of the blue as a total shock or else they are the culmination of a long bubbling pot of inherent violence that simmers to boiling point and therefore does not come as a great surprise to us.
What these scenes hope to achieve – to shock, disgust, appall – or to add a vital component to the narrative – varies from film to film. I think that in the films I have picked, the ultra violence is usually a plot device. I have not included any exploitation films on this list because they make their money out of being ridiculously violent on purpose.
This is a relatively mainstream list as I’m sure you can’t be bothered reading about crotch stabbings in the New York Ripper again! »
- Clare Simpson
There are certain names that pop up time and time again with Italian exploitation – Lucio Fulci, Joe D’Amato, Umberto Lenzi – but there are Italian directors we wouldn’t dare tag with an exploitation label – Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Michele Soavi. Italian cinema is so brilliant because it deals with extremes. You can watch a film of Bava’s and appreciate his artistry, and then in the next step you can watch a film of D’Amato’s and wallow in filth.
There are a ton of films I could review in this article – including Beyond the Darkness, Cannibal Holocaust, Gestapo’s Last Orgy. However, those particular films keep coming up in my mandates as I write so many reviews on exploitation films. I wanted to concentrate on films that have maybe slipped through the net and pay them due attention.
However, The New York Ripper is so sleaze-tastic, I »
- Clare Simpson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Liane Balaban, Morganne Slemp, Genevieve Alexandra, America Olivo, Sammi Rotibi, Sal Landi, Dan Hunter, Megan Duffy | Written by Alexander Aja, Gregory Levasseur | Directed by Franck Khalfoun
After helming remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha, the gang behind the “trapped in a parking lot with a psycho” film P2 reunite for yet another remake of a 70s horror movie, this time the notorious video nasty starring Joe Spinell and directed by William Lustig - Maniac. Only this time it’s Frodo’s turn to go on a homicidal trip!
Yes, everyone’s favourite hobbit Elijah Wood steps into the shoes of Joe Spinell as the deranged Frank, owner of a quasi-abandoned mannequin store and all-round creepy dude who, to the outside world, seems like a typical loner. However Frank has issues, lots of them – migraines, hallucinations, strange Ocd-like compulsions – this is a man who »
- Phil Wheat
We're back with another installment in our Italian thriller feature series, this time with an often overlooked little 1983 gem from Lamberto Bava. If that name sounds familiar, it should: Lamberto is not only the son of horror icon Mario Bava, who arguably kicked the giallo genre into high gear with his incredibly stylish Blood and Black Lace, but since then he's developed his own cult following thanks mainly to the success of the Demons trilogy, produced by Dario Argento and featuring some of Italian horror's most surreal set-pieces and gruesome makeup effects. Before Demons, Lamberto was honing his craft on giallo fare, including uncredited work on his father's final film Shock in 1980. Shortly following Mario's passing, Lamberto helmed his first film Macabre, an oddball psychodrama inspired by Roman Polanski's Repulsion. That one has its fans, but it was really more of a practice run. In my view, he entered »
- Gregory Burkart
5 items from 2013
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