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Today's classic from horror cinema's dawning days is an Italian film from 1911, based on the literary masterpiece The Inferno by Dante Allegheri. If you've taken any literature classes, or just love dark fantasy tales, you probably have at least some knowledge of this segment of long-form poem The Divine Comedy penned by Dante in the early 14th Century, whose narrator is given a guided tour of the nine levels (or circles) of Hell. As a morality tale, or just a straight-up scary story, It's perfect horror movie material; director Giuseppe de Liguoro and his creative partners knew that, and crafted the first feature film adaptation, which went on to shock and horrify audiences around the world. The film's plot, like the story, is simple: the main character is Dante himself (Salvatore Papa), who is taken on a literal trip through Hell by the poet Virgil (Arturo Pirovano) so that he »
- Gregory Burkart
Available for viewing all this weekend, Sneak Peek director Michael Mann's rarely seen classic 1983 horror thriller "The Keep", with music by Tangerine Dream, starring Ian McKellen, Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow and Alberta Watson, based on author F. Paul Wilson's novel of the same name :
"...within an uninhabited citadel in World War II Romania lies entrapped a dangerous entity named 'Radu Molasar'.
"The inner walls of the citadel contain 108 T-shaped icons, made of nickel.
"When the German Army occupies the castle to control the 'Dinu Mountain Pass' following the commencement of 'Operation Barbarossa', Molasar is unleashed by a pair of looting soldiers who identify one glowing icon as being made of silver..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Keep"...
- Michael Stevens
His first decade as a director was devoted to shorts, documentaries and TV and although he remained committed to none-more-80′s TV show Miami Vice as executive producer, from 1983′s The Keep onwards, clearly his focus at least as a director has been on his mightily impressive work for the big screen. Almost universally lauded, he is uncommonly gifted when it comes to giving films a stylish sheen without sacrificing narrative and character substance.
Shooting a period piece like Public Enemies on digital cameras succeeded in making it look at once contemporary and of the period, simultaneously telling the history and giving us a commentary on the here and now.
It is telling of »
- Dave Roper
3 items from 2013
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