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It Came From The Tube: Escape (1971)

There aren’t a ton of absolutes in life, but among a laundry list of things I enjoy whilst spinning around the sun, here’s three: Christopher George, private dicks, and mad scientists. And so imagine my delight when I stumbled across Escape (1971), a failed TV pilot about an ex escape artist turned P.I. who investigates, in his words, “the unexplainable.” And while the pilot doesn’t dip its toes too much into the pool of the unusual, it sure feels like that’s the way they were planning to go.

Not picked up by the network and instead broadcast on April 6th as an ABC Movie of the Week, Escape did little to swerve people away from their Hee Haw’s, All in the Family’s and 60 Minutes for the brass to reconsider putting it back on the slab. What a shame; Escape today plays as Bruce Wayne
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Other Hell (1981)

Nunsploitation is definitely not a strong suit of mine; going through a list to see which ones I’ve viewed has left me feeling ashamed and repentant. So after three Hail Mary’s and four Our Father’s I knelt down and witnessed The Other Hell (1981), Italian grimemaster Bruno Mattei’s take on fervid religiosity, rabid dogs, satanic offspring, and enough Catholic iconography to set a priest on fire. Which is a thing that also happens.

Released in Italy in late January and rolled out around the world throughout the year (North America would have to wait until ’85), The Other Hell is pretty much what I’ve grown to love about Italian horror of the ‘70s and ‘80s – outlandish characters, loopy plotting and jaw dropping moments – but is so far and above what I’ve seen of Mattei’s other work that it gives me a nosebleed.

So, let’s get thee to a nunnery,
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The Nostalgic VHS Covers of Corny Horror Movies

Corny horror films were all the rage at one point since they were something fun to watch and were fairly easy to make for the film makers. But they were awful, let’s not sugarcoat it and pretend they weren’t. By today’s standards they were bottom of the barrel, but back when they came out they were fun. Like the film above for instance. City of the Living Dead is basically about an undead priest that comes back to life and starts terrorizing the city of Dunwich as the dead begin to rise and the living are forced to discover what’s

The Nostalgic VHS Covers of Corny Horror Movies
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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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October Horrors 2017 Day 2 – The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond, 1981.

Directed by Lucio Fulci.

Starring Catriona McCall, David Warbeck, Ciniza Monreale and Antoine St John.

Synopsis:

In New Orleans in the 1920s, an artist is gruesomely killed by an angry mob who believe he is a warlock. Several decades later, a young woman named Liza acquires the hotel where the artist was killed hoping to reopen it, unaware of its gruesome past. After a series of horrific deaths at the hotel, Liza soon discovers that her hotel actually sits upon one of the seven gates of hell and that its opening has allowed the living dead to spill out and terrorise the living.

Horror nerds need no introduction to horror maestro Lucio Fulci, the cult Italian director whose gory specialities in films such as the gloriously daft Romero cash-in Zombie Flesh Eaters (aka Zombie vs Shark aka Shard vs Eyeball) and the intestine spewing oddity City of the Living Dead
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Lucio Fulci’s Gates Of Hell Comic Book Issue #2 Coming Out Today!

Yes, kids, it’s That Time again at Eibon Press! Time for the second issue of our epic comic adaptation of Lucio Fulci’s classic 1980s zombie shocker City Of The Living Dead! Pre-orders of this unique, badass Limited Edition comic book go… Continue Reading →

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Cannes Review: ‘Rodin’ Doesn’t Do Justice to a Great Artist

It’s one thing to make a movie about an artist and his art; it is a whole other thing to make a movie about an artist mostly just doing his art. That is the central focus of Rodin, a film concerning the famed sculptor Auguste Rodin (Vincent Lindon) that all but sucks away the drama in favor of scenes of the artist creating his work. Some of these sequences do in fact work, especially when director Jacques Doillon is trying to recreate the time period when Rodin was struggling to make the sculpture of Balzac. Authorities aren’t happy that he has painted him as an overweight figure, which he was, and demand a skinnier version. The eureka moment is his ingenious idea of plastering a robe on the statue. It’s the film’s finest scene, making one feel as if they were in the room that day when that time-capsule-worthy moment happened.
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Cannes 2017: Rodin review: Dir. Jacques Doillon (2017)

Rodin review: Jacques Doillon directs this really rather dull and uneventful biopic of legendary French artist Auguste Rodin in Rodin, making its way into official competition at Cannes 2017.

Rodin review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

Rodin review

We open to 1880 Paris where the title card immediately informs us that Rodin has reached the age of 40, and has received his first state commission from the French government. He begins on ‘The Gates Of Hell’, a collection of figurines including the famous ‘The Kiss’ and ‘The Thinker’, some of his most famous work. It is at this time where he meets the Camille Claudel, a talented young woman, his student, who quickly becomes his assistant, and ultimately his mistress. The decade-spanning story, whittled down to just two very long hours, details Rodin’s shortcomings and unfulfillment with his work, notably his famous Balzac, a sculpture that wouldn’t gain respect during his lifetime,
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DC’s Shudder Pick of the Weekend – City of the Living Dead (The Gates of Hell)

As we head into the weekend, we figured this week we’d go old school and recommend to you cats another favorite that streaming now on Shudder… Lucio Fulci’s classic City of the Living Dead, aka The Gates of Hell. Part… Continue Reading →

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Don’T Torture A Duckling (1972)

Lucio Fulci is known to most horror fans for his work in the fantastical, through his late career success with Zombie (1979), City of The Living Dead (1980), and The Beyond (1981). Certainly these are his most widely seen and cherished films, and for good reason – they blast through the screen in a feast of color, magic, and grue; short on logic, sure, but long on imagination and dread. But before he untethered his heart in a quest for purity, he engaged in his homeland’s horror sub-genre of giallo, including Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972), incredible, subversive proof that he could create something just as effective and decidedly much more earth bound.

Released late September back home in his native Italy, Duckling never received its due (or much attention at all, truthfully) on these shores until Fulci’s death in 1996 offered a re-evaluation of his body of work. Thanks to the internet,
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Blu-ray Review – Pieces (1982)

Pieces, 1982.

Directed by Juan Piquer Simón.

Starring Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Jack Taylor, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom, Paul Smith, and Ian Sera.

Synopsis:

A killer stalks a college campus looking for victims so he can use their body parts to make a human jigsaw.

One of the better 1980s slasher movies to not get a sequel (although there is still time), Pieces is a Spanish production that followed in the wake of Friday the 13th, The Burning, My Bloody Valentine, et al but became notorious amongst savvy genre audiences for being more gruesome, bloody and downright sleazy than those previous movies. Naturally, the fully uncut version didn’t appear until relatively recently – within the last decade, in fact – and despite putting it out on DVD back in 2011, the wizards at Arrow Video have now unleashed the film on a limited edition Blu-ray, and if that wasn’t enough to
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Hellish new poster for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant

A new poster has arrived online from Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated follow-up to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant , which seems very reminiscent of Auguste Rodin’s sculptural work ‘The Gates of Hell’; take a look below…

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Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Alien: Covenant here

Alien: Covenant is set for release on
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The Bottom Shelf: Frankenhooker, We Are The Flesh

Apr 28, 2017

Lucio Fulci, Frankenhooker and more in our round up of new horror Blu-rays and DVDs...

So, what’s your personal idea of hell? For this writer, it would almost certainly involve being chained down in the audience of an eternal live filming of Loose Women as Donald Trump waves a slice of tiger bread, forever just out of reach. Yours is likely to be similar, though it would have to be pretty grim indeed to come anywhere near Lucio Fulci’s 1981 career-best infernal vision and perhaps the definitive (obviously other than Little Nicky) cinematic depiction of eternal damnation, The Beyond.

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The Italian gore icon behind such genre classics as Zombie Flesh Eaters and The House By The Cemetery offers ostensibly a zombie film set in
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Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead Comic Goes on Sale Tonight!

Today’S The Day! 7Pm Pt at the Eibon Press website! The first mind-blowing issue of Lucio Fulci’ S Gates Of Hell, the long-awaited comic adaptation of City Of The Living Dead, drops Tonight. As always, These Books Are Not Available In… Continue Reading →

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Lucio Fulci’s City Of The Living Dead Comic Drops in 5 Days!

Eibon Press is gearing up for its next big series, The Saga Of The Seven Gates, an “expanded universe” of comics based on the most celebrated films of Lucio Fulci. The saga begins with a mind-blowing adaptation of City Of… Continue Reading →

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Lucio Fulci’s City Of The Living Dead Comic Book Drops Next Friday!!

Eibon Press is gearing up for its next big series, The Saga Of The Seven Gates, an “expanded universe” of comics based on the most celebrated films of Lucio Fulci. The saga begins with a mind-blowing adaptation of City Of… Continue Reading →

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Forbidden Tomes: Books to Films – The Literary Influences on Lucio Fulci

Few filmmakers have accomplished what Lucio Fulci has by turning gorefest pulp into a demented form of art. For the uninitiated, it may be impossible to get past the incomprehensible dubbing, inhuman acting, and nonexistent plots in some of Fulci’s films. Once used to these elements, though, one can see the way his films feel like nightmares, a series of impressionistic images that inspire dread. While I won’t claim that Fulci’s films are high art, I can perceive something important going on beneath the smears of gore. He has more on his mind than creative kills.

In two of Fulci’s films, The Beyond and City of the Living Dead, there are direct references to Clark Ashton Smith, the author who helped create the fantasy and science fiction genres. Smith was a friend of H.P. Lovecraft, and created a cosmic mythos of his own, with inventions like
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 11 – Waxwork Records, FiveFingerTees, Star Wars Books, Hero Complex Gallery & More!

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Welcome back for Day 11 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For our second-to-last day of this year’s Gift Guide, we’re going to be featuring several great cult films that arrived on Blu-ray in 2016, as well as Star Wars books, a ton of horror-themed enamel pins, the amazing artwork of Hero Complex Gallery, FiverFingerTees, and much more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 9 – Horror Lego Figures, Arrow Video, Last Shirt on the Left, Monster High & More!

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Welcome back for Day 9 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For today’s gift guide, we’re showcasing several of the amazing Arrow Video releases of 2016, and we're also featuring the work of IBTrav Illustration & Design, the Mondo soundtrack release for Deathgasm, more enamel pins, a book celebrating Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Horror LEGOs, recent Monster High releases, and so much more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently
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