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Blu-ray Review: Torso

Old dogs and new tricks, that’s me, as I’ve never seen a Sergio Martino film until now. If Torso is to be my first, so be it; a fun giallo with copious amounts of strictly gratuitous nudity is nothing to scoff at, and UK boutique label Shameless Films lovingly stabs their way onto your video shelf.

I certainly know of Martino’s work; as I delve deeper into Italian horror I hear of All the Colors of the Dark and Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (both from ’72), mostly due to the vibrant titles and his even more vibrant leading lady, Edwige Fenech, whose stunning visage graces my eyeballs on a regular basis. (Gratzi, Sarah.) But beyond that, I really knew little before taking my first trip into Martinoville. And thanks to Shameless, I plan to pop in more often.

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Now on Blu-ray: Sergio Martino's Torso Looks Great From Shameless Films

Shameless Films in the UK continues their commitment to sharing the best in classic sleaze with their new UK Blu-ray premiere of Sergio Martino's Torso. The company has recently released two of Martino's other classic giallo films on Blu-ray - The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh and All the Colours of the Dark, both starring Edwige Fenech - but this is probably one of the most eagerly awaited film from the director's filmography to hit the British Isles in HD. The film was released on Blu-ray back in 2011 in the Us by Blue Underground, and I reviewed it then: Sergio Martino's film mines the primordial brain, mingling sex and violence in a very explicit way, more explicit than most, even, and creates a very...

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The Suspicious Death Of A Minor – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Sergio Martino was a journeyman Italian director who averaged around three films a year into the early nineties and who worked in many different genres including documentaries (Naked and Violent), spaghetti westerns (A Man Called Blade), poliziotteschi (The Violent Professionals), sex comedies (Sex with a Smile), and action films (The Great Alligator; Slave of the Cannibal God; 2019: After the Fall of New York). But this blue-collar filmmaker is arguably most famous for his early seventies gialli such as The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, All the Colors of the Dark, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and Torso. Each of these gialli films are–rightly so–considered genuine classics of the genre and fans of these films each have their favorite Sergio Martino giallo. However, his final giallo of this period (he
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Blu-ray Review – The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)

The Suspicious Death of a Minor, 1975.

Directed by Sergio Martino.

Starring Claudio Cassinelli, Mel Ferrer, Lia Tanzi, Adolfo Caruso, Barbara Magnolfi, and Patrizia Castaldi.


A man investigating the murder of a young prostitute uncovers a trafficking ring.

The Suspicious Death of a Minor, as the title would suggest, is not comfortable viewing; in fact, in certain places it is downright baffling but not because of the subject matter or its depictions of what amounts to a touchy subject given the images the title evokes. It is baffling because it never quite knows what it wants to be – the film has elements of giallo, poliziotteschi and comedy – and doesn’t really go far enough in any genre to ever be anything other than a curio for those willing to embrace the tonal shifts and bizarre story choices that ultimately don’t really make any sense.

But such is the way with Italian cinema.
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Sergio Martino’s The Suspicious Death Of A Minor Coming on Blu-ray September 26th from Arrow Video

Sergio Martino’s The Suspicious Death Of A Minor (1975) will be available on Blu-ray September 26th from Arrow Video

In the wake of the success of Dario Argento’s ground-breaking giallo The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, numerous other directors stepped forward to try their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino (The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, Torso), whose sensual 70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer. The final of Martino’s six gialli, The Suspicious Death of a Minor combines conventional giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing ‘poliziotteschi’ crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli (What Have They Done to Your Daughters?) stars as undercover cop Paolo Germi, on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl,
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Torso Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah – ‘Late Night Grindhouse’

“Enter… if you dare – the bizarre world of the psychosexual mind.”

In April of 1975, the Italian horror film Torso opened at the Four Seasons Cinema at Olive and Woods Mill road where it was double feature with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! I had tried to talk my dad into taking me to see Chainsaw when it had opened about 6 months earlier, but he refused (he was usually pretty cool about that kind of thing – but I was just 13). Finally, dad must have got sick of my begging because he drove me and a couple of buddies to the Four Seasons and dropped us off. Chainsaw ran first and it’s still the most terrifying moviegoing experience of my life. Torso wasn’t nearly a scary but it was loaded with gore and nudity (which Chainsaw was not), something I wasn’t used to, so it was kind of the perfect double feature.
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‘Hostel: Part II’ and the Monster of Neoliberal Late-Capitalism

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

The torture scenes in writer-director Eli Roth’s Hostel openly evoked the 2003 Abu Ghraib photographs, which depicted United States military and Central Intelligence Agency personnel subjecting Iraqi prisoners to acts of profound cruelty and abuse. The film also addressed post-9/11 U.
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March 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Eyes Of My Mother, Incarnate Unrated

Giallo film fans should get excited, as there are two amazing special edition releases coming your way this week courtesy of Arrow Video: Death Walks at Midnight and Death Walks on High Heels. For those of you who may have missed seeing The Eyes of My Mother and Incarnate, both are making their home entertainment bows on March 7th, and Scream Factory is set to teach us all about pain with their new release, The Lesson.

Other notable titles coming home this week include Havenhurst, Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, The Shadow People, Door to the Other Side, and

Death Walks at Midnight: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray & DVD)

The second film in Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks series (and his third directorial effort to feature his wife Nieves Navarro, aka Susan Scott), Death Walks at Midnight is arguably the director’s masterpiece aided in
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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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Blu-ray Review – Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats

Edgar Allen Poe’s Black Cats

Directed by Sergio Martino/Lucio Fulci.

Starring Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, David Warbeck, Ivan Rassimov, Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, Al Cliver and Dagmar Lassander.


Box set containing two adaptations of Poe’s classic The Black Cat by directors Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci.

Poe’s The Black Cat, like a lot of the writer’s stories, has been retold over and over in various different guises and adaptations, most notably in the 1934 Universal film starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (and again by Universal in 1941 with Lugosi and Basil Rathbone), the middle section of Roger Corman’s 1962 anthology Tales of Terror and in 1990 with Dario Argento’s section of Two Evil Eyes. However, Argento wasn’t the only Italian director to have a go at it as Sergio Martino (Torso) and Lucio Fulci (Zombie Flesh Eaters) both tried their hands at adaptations,
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The Beyond: Sergio Martino’s Torso

In 1973, after prolific director Sergio Martino made three formative giallo films — The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, All the Colors of the Dark, and Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key — the filmmaker created a giallo-slasher hybrid that conflated sex, violence, and art. Torso was released a decade before Dario Argento’s Tenebre, but…

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The Best of Number Two – The Fishmen And Their Queen or, as I Like to Call It, Screamers 2 or The Return Of The Island Of The Fishmen

Welcome to the future where you will hunt for your food in gang war ridden streets of a major metropolitan area! You and your buddy are just trying to get by but shit is getting way too real. You decide it’s time to leave the city and go to an island in the Atlantic. It must be better than the Bronx Warriors-like survival of the fittest living conditions. Does this sound like something that might be called The Fishemen and Their Queen? Does it sounds like the sequel to Island of the Fishmen as directed by the great Italian director Sergio Martino, one of the savviest and well-known of the horror men from the booted country? This guy has directed the Gialli of your nightmares. It doesn’t sound like a movie he would make at all, does it? Well, he did, and if you think the title is bad just you wait.
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on The Book, which brings together some of the biggest names in Italian horror, a trailer for Dead of the Nite, new releases from Cavity Colors, and much more:

First Details on The Book: “The Book sees the ultimate collaborative Italian horror film unfold before your very eyes. A one off project of unprecedented scale, The Book brings together, for the very first time, the writers, directors, actors, composers and artists behind the finest Italian genre cinema of the past sixty years. This includes the creative forces behind the Giallo movement, Spaghetti Westerns, Eurocrime and more. Each director will be given the opportunity to showcase their own personal vision of Rome, spread across a dozen episodes. Each segment in this feature film will contain a unique blend of macabre thriller,
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Italian Horror Masters Team Up For Anthology Film The Book

If you're a fan of Italian horror films and your list of favorite filmmakers includes names like Ruggero Deodato and Lamberto Bava, then boy, are you in for a treat. Read on for all the details about an exciting upcoming horror anthology called The Book, which will only get funded with Your help!

From the Press Release

The Book sees the ultimate collaborative Italian horror film unfold before your very eyes.

A one-off project of unprecedented scale, The Book brings together, for the very first time, the writers, directors, actors, composers, and artists behind the finest Italian genre cinema of the past sixty years. This includes the creative forces behind the Giallo movement, Spaghetti Westerns, Eurocrime, and more. Each director will be given the opportunity to showcase his own personal vision of Rome, spread across a dozen episodes. Each segment in this feature film will contain a unique blend of macabre thriller,
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Masters of Italian Horror Join Forces for Anthology 'The Book'

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Masters of Italian Horror Join Forces for Anthology 'The Book'
Thanks to films like V/H/S and ABCs of Death, it's becoming increasingly popular for genre filmmakers to join forces for a common cause.  That collaborative tradition is set to continue with The Book, a new horror anthology in the works that brings together the biggest names in Italian genre cinema.  We're talking guys like Ruggero Deodato, Sergio Martino and Lamberto Bava, the creative forces behind Italian horror gems like Cannibal Holocaust, Torso and Demons.  What's that?  Your interest is piqued?  I thought you might feel that way!

Set to be written by Dardano Sacchetti (The Beyond, Demons), The Book will feature twelve separate tales of terror centered around Rome, with each filmmaker given the freedom to bring the stories to life any way they see fit.  All twelve shorts will then be joined together to comprise one collaborative effort, the works of some of Italy's finest filmmakers uniting
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Underground Film Links: September 30, 2012

This week’s Must Read is actually a series from Melanie Wilmink’s new blog. One of her posts totally won Bad Lit over with the introductory sentence: “Short films regularly draw the short stick when it comes to being written about.” Ain’t that the truth! So, Melanie rights this wrong with an amazingly well-thought out article/review of the “Crime Wave” shorts at the Calgary International Film Festival that digs deep into issues of cinematic authenticity. Then, she has more in-depth reviews of the “End of Days” shorts program at the fest. Finally, at least for now that I know of, she tackles the anthology film V/H/S, which has been getting lots of press, and hammers it for its overt misogyny.Wanna hear Jonas Mekas talk lovingly about his five Bolexes?The Manitoba Scene got filmmaker Deco Dawson to write an essay about his award-winning short film Keep a Modest Head,
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for June

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for June.

Harold and Maude (1972) Criterion Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

Forty years later, this 1972 Hal Ashby cult favorite remains a lovably eccentric meditation on life. The romance between a death-obsessed youth (an adorable Bud Cort) and a vivacious geriatric (the mythic Ruth Gordon) is still as beguiling and heartfelt as it was upon its original release. Written by Colin Higgins (9 to 5, Foul Play) and featuring an iconic soundtrack with several Cat Stevens hits, this is a must-have release for cult film buffs.

The much-anticipated Criterion release features:

A new high-definition digital restoration with uncompressed monaural soundtrack, optional remastered stereo soundtrack, audio commentary by Hal Ashby, Nick Dawson and Charles B. Mulvehill, illustrated audio excerpts of seminars by Ashby and Colin Higgins, new interview with songwriter Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), plus a booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Wood and more!
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It's Knife to Meet You! An Interview with "The Slasher Movie Book" author J.A. Kerswell

UK writer J.A. Kerswell has blood on his hands. As one of the leading authorities of the slasher movie phenomenon, he’s covered every bloody aspect of the much-maligned genre. For over a decade he has celebrated maniac movies with his highly addictive Hysteria Lives website while recently branching out into podcasts and DVD commentaries.

His exhaustively-researched book chronicling the genre, Teenage Wasteland, was released in the UK two years ago to glowing reviews (many from the mainstream press). It’s a fascinating examination of the slasher film that covers everything from its early Grand Guignol influences to its modern day resurgence. Filled with international artwork from Kerswell’s personal memorabilia collection, it’s a must-have for both slasher movie buffs and obsessive cinephiles. Kerswell was nice enough to put down the butcher knife a moment to discuss the publication, which has come to the Us in a re-titled version called,
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Cine-Excess cult film festival unveils line-up and teaser trailer

Cine-excess, the international film festival and conference devoted to cult media, has confirmed its 2012 line-up and unveiled a teaser trailer.

The sixth annual festival, this year titled Transglobal Excess: The Art and Atrocity of Cult Adaptation, takes place at the Odeon Covent Garden and The Italian Cultural Institute, both in London, from Thursday May 24 to Saturday May 26.

Special guests include Quentin Tarantino favourite Enzo G. Castellari, director of the original Inglorious Bastards.

There are screenings of two of his cult favourites, the futuristic Bronx Warriors (May 26) and spaghetti western Keoma featuring Franco Nero (May 25). Castellari will be present for a Q&A at both events.

Also appearing will be Sergio Martino, master of the giallo horrors such as Torso and other genre explotation movies including Mountain of the Cannibal God and The Violent Professionals.

Italian Cultural Institute is screening Your Vice Is A Locked Door And Only I Have The
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Trailer for London’s Cine-Excess Festival and Conference Promises Cult Delights

UK lovers of all things cult cinema would do well to mark May 24–26 on their calendars as the Cine-Excess International Film Festival and Conference returns for a sixth year of screenings and discussion regarding all things pulp and cult.

Events will take place at London’s Odeon Cinema, Covent Garden, and The Italian Cultural Institute. To give an idea of the goodies and guests in store, the folks behind the festival have also released a tantalising trailer to which we have the key...

About Cine-Excess:

Cine-Excess VI is an annual international film festival and conference which attracts global filmmakers, scholars, distributors, and exhibitors to an event which features filmmaker discussions, a themed 3-day conference, and 5 to 7 UK theatrical premieres/exclusive screenings. Cine-Excess is open to the public, who can book either screening delegate passes for individual films or full delegate passes for the conference, lunches, and all Cine-Excess screenings.

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