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‘Vault of Horror – The Italian Connection’ coming this December from Demon Records

During the early 60’s to the mid 80’s Italian horror was in its heyday – directors such as Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Antonio Margheriti, Umberto Lenzi, Joe D’Amato, and Enzo. G. Castellari directed some of the most outrageous terror films ever. Films that, at the time, pushed boundaries, depicting some of the most stylish and horrific on screen images. But at the same time these films included some of the most elegant and beautiful scores, scores which gained a cult following then and to this day – and they remain as popular now as they’ve ever been.

In comes Vault of Horror – The Italian Connection from Demon Records…

Featuring twenty of the most amazing film Italian genre themes ever, it is a heady mix of funk, disco, electronic and prog rock; featuring composers such as Stelvio Cipriani, Franco Micalizzi, Roberto Donati, Carlo Rustichelli, Nico Fidenco, Ennio Morricone, Fabio Frizzi,
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Don’T Torture A Duckling – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

While Lucio Fulci made his reputation with a series of graphically violent horror movies like Zombie (Aka Zombi 2), City of the Living Dead (Aka The Gates of Hell), The House by the Cemetery, The Beyond, and The New York Ripper, his early career was a hodgepodge of film genres including comedies, spaghetti westerns, and poliziotteschi. However, many critics argue that his greatest films were his early gialli films like A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Don’t Torture a Duckling. Fulci was handicapped by terribly low budgets for most of his career but some of his earlier works were actually well-funded, allowing his cinematic craftsmanship to be on full display. Such was the case with Don’t Torture a Duckling.

As was the case with many gialli of the time period, the film titles were influenced by Argento’s first three gialli, collectively known as the “Animal Trilogy.
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Blu-ray Review: Lucio Fulci’s Don’T Torture A Duckling (1972)

If I haven’t made it clear in previous articles or on social media, let me do so now: I’m a firm believer that Lucio Fulci is one of, if not the, greatest horror directors to ever live. While dismissed as a schlock artist by critics in his time, Fulci’s unique brand of horror, borne from a holy fusion of market-friendly gore and surrealist pure cinema, has aged remarkably well. But before he mingled among zombies or cracked open the gates of hell, Fulci directed a few violent giallo films, including the incredibly depressing Don’t Torture a Duckling, which recently received a new restoration and Blu-ray release from Arrow Video.

Don’t Torture a Duckling isn’t your usual giallo. While it has all of the signatures of the sub-genre—red herrings, black gloves, sexuality—the conventions and tropes are slightly skewed. Instead of taking place in
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Full Blu-ray Release Details for Arrow Video’s Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box, Creepshow 2, and The Driller Killer

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Arrow Video has a few items for horror fans to place under the tree and slip into stockings this holiday season, and we have full release details and cover art for their December Blu-ray releases of Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy, Creepshow 2, and The Driller Killer (which is now slated for a December 13th release).

Press Release:Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with three great new titles in December. The biggest release of the the month is Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy, a limited edition run of 10,000 deluxe box-sets featuring Clive Barker's iconic and seminal horror classic Hellraiser. Arriving just in time for Christmas on December 13th, this exclusive box set will include the first three films in the Hellraiser saga alongside an abundance of bonus materials and never-before-seen footage.

The horror continues with the
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Bluray Review: Death Walks Twice Collection

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
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Mondo Squallido – Ep.73: The New York Ripper

A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Yes, in this episode of Mondo Squallido I take a look at Lucio Fulci’s notorious giallo The New York Ripper – a film so subversive that it was banned outright on its first foray into UK: the print of the film, due for UK censors (BBFC) inspection, was legendarily escorted back to the border by the Police, without ever being screened. And to this very day, The New York Ripper is still only available cut here in the UK…
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‘Luther the Geek’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Carlton Williams, Tom Brittingham, Karen Maurise, Edward Terry, Joan Roth, Stacy Haiduk, Thomas Mils, Jerry Clarke | Written and Directed by Carlton J. Albright

“A movie with a fowl bite!”

When Luther (Carlton Williams, in his only role) was a young boy, he witnessed a group of rowdy locals egging on the local Geek (Tom Brittingham, also in his only role) to bite the head off a chicken. This combined with him getting his teeth accidentally knocked out by one of said locals in the ruckus leads young Luther to develop a taste for blood. Naturally, this turns him in to a bloodthirsty psycho and paves the way for a life of crime. After serving 20 years and thanks to prison board member Mrs. Butler (Karen Maurise, Dark Skies), a much older and balder Luther (Edward Terry, The Children) is set free. Armed with a set of homemade metal teeth, Luther
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Blu-ray Review: Lucio Fulci’s A Lizard In A Woman’S Skin

A review of Lucio Fulci’s early masterpiece A Lizard In A Woman’S Skin, now on Blu-ray. Lucio Fulci is long revered as the Italian godfather of gore (Herschell Gordon Lewis owns the global title) and has proven himself again and again with classics like Zombie, The Beyond and the rather infamous New York Ripper. In…

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February 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Crimson Peak, Freaks Of Nature, A Lizard In A Woman’S Skin

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February 9th has an interesting array of horror and sci-fi titles enjoying their home entertainment bow this week. Fans have Guillermo del Toro’s latest, Crimson Peak, to look forward to on both Blu-ray and DVD, and Sony is releasing Freaks of Nature on DVD, too.

We also have two different cult classics getting the HD treatment on Tuesday—A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Sheba, Baby (starring the eternally badass Pam Grier)—and for those of you Trekkies out there, Paramount is releasing Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection on both formats as well.

Other notables titles include Convergence, E.N.D., Hangman, Sociopathia, and Zombie Croc.

Crimson Peak (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay— a place filled
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Stage Fright

The late ‘80s signaled the end of my first golden age of horror. Which is to say two things: adulthood beckoned, and horror films – especially slashers - were running low on inspiration (remember the early ‘90s wasteland? Brr.). However, looking across the waters, some veteran Italian filmmakers weren’t throwing in the towel yet. Michele Soavi’s Stage Fright (1987) stands apart from the crowd because it proved that not only was the beaten and flogged sub-genre alive, it was still capable of surprising fans with enough fresh blood pumping through its weary veins to make you sit up and notice. Just when you thought you couldn’t survive another hack ‘em up, Stage Fright made you a believer again.

Stage Fright, Aka StageFright: Aquarius, Deliria, and Bloody Bird, whatever you’d like to call it – is a triumphant call back to a half decade earlier when slashers were full of kinetic energy,
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‘Zombi Holocaust’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O’Neal, Donald O’Brien, Dakar, Walter Patriarca, Roberto Resta | Written by Fabrizio De Angelis, Romano Scandariato | Directed by Marino Girolami (aka Frank Martin)

One of the bizarrest horror films to come out of Italy in the early 80s, Zombi Holocaust is – as the title suggests – a mix of the two genres Italian horror cinema became predminantly known for: cannibal and zombie movies…

For those unaware of Zombi Holocaust, the film finds Ian McCulloch (who found fame in Italy following his appearance in British sci-fi show Survivors) venture to a tropical island in the East Indies to investigate just why a tribesman, working at New York City hospital was chomping down on the limbs of the cadavers in the cold storage. He and his crew, including Alexandra Delli Colli (who would later star in Lucio Fulci’s controversial New York Ripper
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15 Bloody Disgusting Horror Films You Must See Before You Die


Blood and guts aren’t what they used to be. Back in the 1980s, all you had to do to was create a video cover that a showed a screaming female, a monster and a disembodied head, and you could turn a reasonable profit on an otherwise unremarkable film.

Skip forward 3 decades and not only are the video stores history, but the producers of low-budget horror movies need to be able to sell their titles through the large chains, meaning the films have to be fairly mainstream in content.

You know what that means: no torn off limbs, no cannibalism and almost certainly no power tools entering a man’s head above the tagline, “The blood flows in rivers, and the drill keeps tearing through flesh and bone.” As the title of a Rob Zombie song informs us, “Everything Is Boring Now.”

Those of us who look back on
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Review: "The Editor", Homage To Italian Giallo Films; Blu-ray Special Edition From Shout! Factory

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By Todd Garbarini

I have been a fan of the Italian giallo subgenre for 30 years since my initiation into it was precipitated by my first viewing of Creepers (1985), the severely cut version of Dario Argento’s Phenomena, my personal favorite film of his. Subsequent viewings of films by both Mr. Argento and his mentor, Mario Bava, as well as Lucio Fulci, Lamberto Bava, Luigi Cozzi, and Michele Soavi solidified a love for the putrid and the fantastic, and anyone who has seen these movies knows how delightfully entertaining they are: off-kilter camera angles, ludicrous dialogue, and what writer Todd French referred to as “a maddening narrative looseness” are present in these films in a way that they are absent in other genres. There is just nothing like an Italian giallo film. With all of the mock horror films that have been made going back to 1981’s Student Bodies and the later,
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The Editor (2014) review

Reviewed by Jason Lees

If you head to the multiplex, you're going to find movies made for a mass audience. Jurassic World, just to make its budget and marketing costs back, has to be carefully constructed to appeal to every living sentient moviegoer. If the film has a chance of showing profit, then there has to be a chance that Everyone on earth will find something in it worth watching. That's great if you're making a family-dinosaur-attack-chase movie (or is you're making a happy meal, for that matter). I get it. I understand. I'm not the mass audience member. I'm not the key demographic. Films on that level aren't about art, they're commerce. Product. Some are fun. Some aren't. But they all have to chase that generic audience to make even.

Before it comes off like I'm just blasting Hollywood (and I am), I'll take this moment to just get to the point.
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Horror Round-Up: Keanu Reeves Joins The Neon Demon, El Rey Network’s ‘Rip Your Heart Out’ Marathon, Blood Feast Portsmouth Screening

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Welcome to another horror round-up! Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon has added a few key cast members, the El Rey Network kicks off their 2nd annual ‘Rip Your Heart Out’ Marathon on Cupid’s big day next weekend, and Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre is hosting a special screening of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ cult classic Blood Feast at the end of the month, featuring a Skype interview with the prolific director and a food competition amongst attendees.

The Neon Demon: Deadline recently reported that Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, and Bella Heathcote have joined the growing cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s in-development horror film, The Neon Demon. The roles of the new additions are not yet known. Elle Fanning and Abbey Lee will also star in the film, with Fanning set to play an “aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise.
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Release Date & Cover Art for Dario Argento & Lucio Fulci Blu-ray Collections

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Through flesh-ripping zombies, psychopathic killers, and blood-soaked scenarios of boundary-pushing terror, Italian horror maestros Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci have given the genre awesome offerings of fear that have delighted and inspired viewers for decades, and Blue Underground will celebrate these legendary, influential writer/directors with two upcoming Blu-ray collections.

Set for release on March 31st, 2015, Blue Underground’s The Dario Argento Collection and The Lucio Fulci Collection each feature three films from the prolific filmmakers. We have the official details below (via, as well as the Blu-ray cover art (via Amazon). Special features have not been revealed yet, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

“The Dario Argento Collection

The Cat O’ Nine Tails

A blind man with a talent for solving puzzles teams-up with reporter Carlo Giordani to launch a private investigation into a string of peculiar murders, all of which seem
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Bb – Exclusive Interview with Writer/Director Cj Wallis

For any of you who may still be unfamiliar, Bb is the new project from Cj Wallis, owner of FortyFPS Productions. His work is synonymous for outstanding camera work and cinematography, as well as a signature modern, yet classic look. Bb is his return to the horror/thriller genre after taking time away to do documentary filming for hip hop artist Curren$y and his JetLife record label.

Bb synopsis from IMDb:

Bb is the provocative story of a girl named Leah who, under the name “Candy Cummings”, performs strip shows online from her apartment for thousands of strangers every day, never fully knowing the extent of evils that could be watching on the other side of the screen.

When I saw the first teaser trailer for Bb, I was immediately hooked. After watching, I reached out to Cj, asking for absolutely any info I could get on the project.
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Death Waltz Releasing Goblin Tour Ep & 'New York Ripper' Soundtrack on Vinyl

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Death Waltz Releasing Goblin Tour Ep & 'New York Ripper' Soundtrack on Vinyl
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
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10 Film Scenes Of Astounding Ultra Violence

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!

9 Sleaziest Italian Exploitation Movies

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
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