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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made: Part 6: Best (Italian) Giallo Films

25 October 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The term “giallo” initially referred to cheap yellow paperbacks (printed American mysteries from writers such as Agatha Christie), that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. Applied to cinema, the genre is comprised of equal parts early pulp thrillers, mystery novels, with a willingness to gleefully explore onscreen sex and violence in provocative, innovative ways. Giallos are strikingly different from American crime films: they value style and plot over characterization, and tend towards unapologetic displays of violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The genre is known for stylistic excess, characterized by unnatural yet intriguing lighting techniques, convoluted plots, red herrings, extended murder sequences, excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. Amidst the ‘creative kill’ set-pieces are thematic undercurrents along with a whodunit element, usually some sort of twist ending. Here is my list of the best giallo films – made strictly by Italian directors, so don’t expect Black Swan, Amer or »

- Ricky

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Home Invasion: DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for October 25, 2011

25 October 2011 8:40 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

The Tuesday before Halloween is bound to have a lot of genre titles. There are some good ones too like Attack the Block, Blue Underground releases Fulci in High-Definition with Zombie and The House by the Cemetery, also Criterion releases The Island of Lost Souls on DVD & Blu-Ray and the most talked about film of last year, A Serbian Film finally hits the shelves. Read below, if you dare, for all your DVD and Blu-Ray releases for this week and if you plan on purchasing any films through Amazon, click on the buttons provided as they help us out with paying the bills around here.

Animal Attack Two Pack (Maneaters Are Loose/ Shark Kill)

Two savage and rare TV movies in the 1970s “Animal Attack” genre that have rarely been seen since their initial release, now back in print and together at last on DVD.

Buy the DVD @ Amazon. »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Music in the movies: the finest horror scores

24 October 2011 5:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Halloween’s almost upon us, and to mark the occasion, Glen’s delved into the archives to find his favourite horror movie scores…

Good readers, it’s that time of year again. The time when it’s acceptable to wander the streets dressed like a psycho killer and not get arrested for it. It’s also the time of year when there’ll be all manner of Halloween parties, and while some will no doubt resort to lazily playing Monster Mash and Thriller on a loop, I can’t help but feel it would be better if people would dig into some great horror scores to add a suitably spooky atmosphere to proceedings.

A great score can make or break a horror film. With this in mind, here are some of my favourite horror movie scores, as well as some suggestions from some well-informed writers I converse with.

HellraiserChristopher Young »

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10 Reasons Why Horror Might Be The Best Film Genre

14 October 2011 9:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The horror genre is one which seems to split audiences right down the middle.

Those who enjoy horror are generally obsessive over the genre and become devoted to seeking out and discovering all kinds of different scary movies. Others despise the genre and find it cheap, sleazy and unintellectual.

However you feel about the horror film, there’s no denying its ability to engage with film fans around the world and it’s no surprise that it has secured its place as one of the most popular types of film.

Here’s the WhatCulture! list of 10 reasons why horror could be considered the best film genre.

They’re The Best Date Movies

Forget saggy, fluffy rom-coms like Friends with Benefits – which are designed to please both sexes to an inoffensively satisfactory degree. Couples looking to have a truly great time together at the cinema – or even at home – are best »

- Stephen Leigh

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31 Days Of Horror For October - Day 13: The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970)

13 October 2011 2:02 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

As a young and influential teenager I was eager to find new (to me) and exciting films to watch, and as it so happened I stumbled across Suspiria. It might have been my father who prompted me to find it, but I do remember we sat down together to watch it. Dad spoke of an expert Italian director Dario Argento, who made interesting films called a ‘giallo’.

This was my first experience with Argento and a good introduction to the Italian ‘giallo’. It wasn’t until recently that The Bird With The Crystal Plumage came onto my radar; with Argento all I kept hearing about were the likes of Deep Red and Tenebre. I thought his first solo directorial debut would be a great addition to the 31 days line up, lets explore.

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage takes place in Italy, where a writer Sam (Tony Musante) witnesses an »

- Marcey Papandrea

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Banned – the ultimate midnight movies.

31 August 2011 8:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With the ever increasing number of provocative movies such as the up and coming 3-D Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy or Tom Six’s Human Centipede sequel looking to push the boundaries of human taste and decency, we here at Thn have decided to take a look at the stand-out movies that really got us this far and did they really deserve the notoriety they received. Growing up with my love of films and hearing about certain titles I was not allowed or unable to see because of the BBFC’s banned list of video nasties only made me more intrigued to see what I was missing out on.

Its only human nature to be intrigued as to why we are not allowed to view such entertainment which only prompts people to seek them out even more, a fact someone should have told Mary Whitehouse about before her crusading journey began in the early eighties. »

- Craig Hunter

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Tenebrae

27 July 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A thriller writer goes on the hunt for a killer who claims to be taking inspiration from his latest book.

Generally - and rightly - regarded as one of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's finest films, Tenebrae marked the director's return to the giallo genre which he implicitly popularised, after his detour into supernatural gothic horror with Suspiria and Inferno. Based on the filmmaker’s own experiences of an unhinged fanatic obsessed with his work, Tenebrae follows the story of American mystery-thriller novelist Peter Neal (Anthony »

- James Gracey

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First Look at Full Programme for Kim Newman’s Chamber of Horrors at Empire’s Big Screen Event

21 July 2011 7:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With just over three weeks to go until Empire’s Big Screen hits London’s o2 arena there’s a definite buzz around the event, which is billing itself as the biggest of its kind held in the UK.

The full details of the three day programme are due to be revealed over the next few days but we’ve got our hands on the full line-up for one of the event’s key programmes – Kim Newman’s Chamber Of Horrors.

Newman is an estabished author, long time Empire contributor and is a bit of a legendary figure in the UK movie scene having been the man who, thanks to his countless TV appreances,  converted many a shy, retiring movie fan into blood-hungry horrorphiles and he’s just the man to preside over the darker side of the Big Screen event.

The full details are below but a few obvious »

- Jon Lyus

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Tenebrae Blu-ray Review

10 July 2011 7:24 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Arrow Video:Terror Beyond Belief! A notorious horror classic returns in all its depraved glory. This infamous video nasty updated the classic Giallo blueprint for the gorified 80s, courting controversy and drenching the viewer in crimson arterial spray. A razor-wielding psycho is stalking the horror writer Peter Neal, in Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebre. But the author isn't the obsessive killer's only target, the beautiful women who surround him are doomed as one by one, they fall victim to the murderer's slashing blade... Will fiction and reality blur as fear and madness take hold? Watch in terror as by turns the cast fall victim to the sadistic imagination of Dario Argento, Italy's master of horror.Dario Argento's career has been on a long downward slide »

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Tenebrae Blu-ray Review

8 July 2011 8:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following the recent release of Argento’s debut film The Bird with the Cystal Plumage, Arrow Video’s next HD Argento instalment is his 1982 return to gialli, Tenebrae.

Italian cinema has been dominated over many decades by waves of popular genres and producers, screenwriters, directors et al have always been quick to the jump on the latest and most popular genre and flog it until it is all but dead. With the release of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage in 1970 Argento built on a solid raft of Italian horrors, mostly those directed by Mario Bava, and created a new singular vision of giallo cinema. This led to a lot of imitators, some good, some utterly dreadful but a lot of them nonetheless.

Argento was reportedly not too pleased about this and began to move in different directions with his films, opting to work in areas altogether more supernatural. With »

- Craig Skinner

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Claudio Simonetti posts photos from the set of Dracula 3D and reveals new Casting for Harker

30 June 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

While Dario Argento is still trying to figure out how to work this 3D camera business, music maestro Claudio Simonetti (from the famed group Goblin) has been busy posting photos on Facebook from behind the scenes on Dracula 3D.  Kidding aside, I have much respect and an endless love for the Italian director and sincerely hope that this new project lifts Argento out of the early grave he seems to be in.  Dracula 3D has a talented director at its helm, and while looking through these photos, you will see an equally talented crew assisting the director on his first foray into 3D filmmaking.  In the photos, which you can see after the break, you get a glimpse of Argento, Simonetti , the director of photography Luciano Tovoli (who previously worked on Suspiria and Tenebre), and Unax Ugalde (There Be Dragons), who Simonetti is saying is playing Harker!  I thought Miguel Angel Silvestre is playing Harker? »

- Michael Haffner

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What to Buy this Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for June 27th

27 June 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s another jam-packed week of DVD and Blu-ray releases, here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, June 27th 2011.

Pick Of The Week:

The New York Ripper: Fan Edition (Blu-ray)

NYPD’s most jaded cop is taunted by a razor-slashing maniac who carves his way through sexually active young women whilst making deranged Donald Duck voice imitation. One of the most notorious films on the UK’s Director of Public Prosecution’s so called ‘Video Nasties’ list; so subversive was it, that on its first foray into UK, the print of New York Ripper, due for BBFC classification, was legendarily escorted back to the border without ever being screened…

And the rest…

Yogi Bear (DVD/Blu-ray)

Everyone’s favorite pic-a-nic basket stealing bear brings his meal-mooching ways to movies in this live-action/CG-animated adventure starring Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Jellystone Park’s »

- Phil

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Tenebrae Blu-ray Review

26 June 2011 10:36 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Arrow Video:Terror Beyond Belief! A notorious horror classic returns in all its depraved glory. This infamous video nasty updated the classic Giallo blueprint for the gorified 80s, courting controversy and drenching the viewer in crimson arterial spray. A razor-wielding psycho is stalking the horror writer Peter Neal, in Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebre. But the author isn't the obsessive killer's only target, the beautiful women who surround him are doomed as one by one, they fall victim to the murderer's slashing blade... Will fiction and reality blur as fear and madness take hold? Watch in terror as by turns the cast fall victim to the sadistic imagination of Dario Argento, Italy's master of horror.Dario Argento's career has been on a long downward slide »

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The House By the Cemetery Gets a 1080p Makeover in September

20 June 2011 6:47 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Now here is some news we've been waiting to hear! The wonderfully loony folks over at Blue Underground are bringing yet another Lucio Fulci classic into the world of high definition, and we've got your first look right here!

Look for The House by the Cemetery to be in stores on September 27th. Even more interesting? We also hear that Blue Underground will release Fulci's Zombie (aka Zombi 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters) to Blu-ray on October 25th. Stay tuned for more on that one soon.

From Their Website

Catriona MacColl (The Beyond), Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper), Ania Pieroni (Tenebre), Carlo De Mejo (City Of The Living Dead), and Dagmar Lassander (Hatchet For The Honeymoon) star in this outrageous Italian shocker from 'The Godfather of Gore,' Lucio Fulci (Zombie, City Of The Living Dead). Now Blue Underground proudly presents the definitive version of The House By The Cemetery »

- Uncle Creepy

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UK's Arrow Video Lines Up Some Tasty Treats for Your May/June Schedule!

5 May 2011 6:38 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With an already awesome catalogue of output on both DVD and Blu-ray under their belts, the UK’s favourite cult label, Arrow Video, is a genre force to be reckoned with. So if you just can’t keep your mitts off of the quality material they keep firing out, then feast your eyes on some seriously juicy upcoming releases!

23rd May – The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Blu-ray)

When Sam, an American writer living in Rome, witnesses an attempted murder in an art gallery and reports the crime to the police, he unwittingly sets the killer’s sights on himself and his beautiful model girlfriend. Things soon start to unravel as it becomes clear that, with the identity of the villain very much open to question, Sam himself is a prime suspect in the case. As the murders continue, Sam begins his own investigations into the serial killings, hoping to somehow clear his name. »

- Pestilence

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Poster and plot news comes in for Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

2 May 2011 10:10 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Italian master of horror Dario Argento’s next movie will be Dracula 3D, starring Rutger Hauer...

It's been quite a while since we last saw a really great movie from Dario Argento. His conclusion to the Three Mothers trilogy, The Mother Of Tears lacked the manic brilliance of Suspiria and Inferno, the films it was meant to belatedly follow up.

Argento's 2009 film, Giallo, saw the director return to his pulpy, horror thriller roots, though again, it couldn't match the gruesome creativity of his earlier genre efforts, such as Tenebrae or Deep Red.

There's a new possibility, though, that Argento's next movie could see him recapture the verve of his earlier work. Announced in March, Dracula 3D sounds like almost too perfect to be true: one of horror's directing legends let loose on the most famous vampire tale of all. And to top it off, Rutger Hauer's starring in it. »

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Argento lets the Plot of Dracula 3D Set Sail into the Night

2 May 2011 8:23 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

It’s no secret around Dtb that I am a huge fan of Dario Argento.  Though I will completely admit that his recent films are huge disappointments on so many levels, I still hold hope that the Italian maestro of horror has at least one great film left in him.  Is Dracula 3D going to be that film . . . I hope . . . because Argento isn’t getting any younger.  Though I would have loved if the director had tackled a more original subject, I do feel that Argento’s visual style and “roving camera” (think the great crane shot in Tenebre) will translate really well with the 3D technology.  Continue reading to get a taste of the bloody story that will be exhibited in the upcoming film.

The new teaser poster to the right has also been revealed today along with the plot and cast members. Besides the previously announced Asia Argento, »

- Michael Haffner

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Alan Jones hosts Argento season on Horror channel

14 April 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

When renowned horror journalist, author and broadcaster Alan Jones met Dario Argento for the first time in 1982 on Tenebrae he had no idea he would become a permanent fixture in Dario’s life, visiting all his subsequent film sets and writing the best-selling book ‘Profondo Argento’ about his career and the enigma he still presents to the world. As Alan says:

I promised Dario on the day we met that I would always make sure his fans were kept reliably informed on his movies and future plans. It’s a duty I have solidly adhered to and one I know his legion of fans have appreciated. Hosting the Argento season on The Horror Channel is yet another part of that commitment I made to bring his unique work to the attention of the widest possible audience.

Kicking off the season on Friday 13th May (10.55pm) is an uncut and uncensored »

- Phil

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The Suspiria Remake will feature Goblin

30 March 2011 9:19 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Apart from the striking visuals and bright color palette of Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria, the film is also remembered for its intense and engaging film score.  The iconic music was done by progressive/experimental music group Goblin.  The group previously contributed a brilliant score to Argento’s giallo film Deep Red and went on to do the music featured in the italian cut of Dawn of the Dead and Argento’s Tenebre.  Featuring symphonic keyboard work performed by Claudio Simonetti, Goblin’s music has a striking sound that will apparently accompany David Gordon Green’s much talked about remake of Suspiria!

While Green has been doing the press circuit for his newest film Your Highness, the director has been extremely outspoken about the fact that he wants his next feature to be a remake of Suspiria.  The past couple of weeks Green has made numerous comments about the status of the film. »

- Michael Haffner

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Phenomena Blu-ray Review

9 March 2011 8:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Whether it’s the baffling soundtrack (tracks by Iron Maiden and Motorhead are out of place and far too loud in certain scenes), the girl controls insects plot, Donald Pleasence in a wheelchair with a Scottish accent or perhaps the monkey servant, Phenomena has always stood out for its strangeness, even in a career as fascinatingly odd as Argento’s.

Jennifer Connelly plays the lead named, in what is perhaps the film’s only unimaginative moment, Jennifer. Jennifer is daughter of a famous actor and is sent away from home to a rural boarding school where she is immediately treated unfairly and like an outsider by the school’s strict principal. The area she moves to is also being terrorized by a serial killer who is preying on young girls from the school. Very soon after moving there she befriends Professor John McGregor (Donald Pleasence), an expert in bugs and »

- Craig Skinner

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