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It is right, and a good and joyful thing, that producer Dino De Laurentiis and director Roger Vadim should have collaborated on a film. Their careers were too complementary for there to have been any possibility of them both bopping around Europe at the same time without colliding. Indeed, the fact that 1968’s Barbarella was […]

Part of the Italian Horror Blogathon at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies An earlier review of this film can be found here. It’s one thing to watch Mother of Tears, Dario Argento’s 2007 conclusion to his Three Mothers trilogy, with some distance between yourself, and Suspiria and Inferno, and understand in a general way why it […]

Part of the Italian Horror Blogathon at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies From among the Video Nasties 1980’s Inferno, Dario Argento’s very next movie after Suspiria was not just a sequel – a sequel that had not by any means suggested itself from the plot of the first film, mind you – but a film that […]

Part of the Italian Horror Blogathon at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies Suspiria is not just AN Italian horror movie – it is THE Italian horror movie. The best-known, the most widely-seen and widely-discussed, the one held to typify the style of Italian horror the most; the last of which, at least, is profoundly unfair, because […]

Part of the Italian Horror Blogathon at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies As is true of so many gialli – the violent, stylised murder mysteries made in Italy during the ’60s and ’70s that were the first real flowering of horror in that country’s redoubtable genre filmmaking trenches – the best part about 1972’s Your Vice […]

The last time Woody Allen made more than one genuinely great movies right in a row was in 1994 (if we want to press a point and allow the intermittently brilliant, sometimes strident Deconstructing Harry as great, it jumps to 1997), and thus it must follow, as night the day, that his next project after […]

The first thing worth noting is that Bond parodies and rip-offs were always more successful in Europe than in the United States – not for nothing is there an entire Eurospy subgenre far more robust and long-lived than anything that America or the United Kingdom was able to claim. And thus it was the case […]

In addition to their classier, better-known status as the most mature decade in the history of mainstream American cinema, the 1970s could also be rightfully called the Decade of the Rip-Off; not since the onset of World War II taught the world a healthy sense of shame had such a robust culture of knock-offs and […]

From among the Video Nasties L’ultmo treno della notte AKA Night Train Murders AKA Late Night Trains AKA The New House on the Left (1975, Italy) The creators: Director Aldo Lado, a giallo maker of no real import, alongside a team of writers including minor giallo figure Ettore Sanzò, semi-important Western writer Renato Izzo, and […]

Part of the Italian Horror Blog-a-thon hosted by Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies I have a terrible secret, but I trust all of you enough to admit it: I don’t dislike Demons 2. The film has a fairly cast-iron reputation for being a cheaper, stupider retread of Demons – not, in and of itself, a movie […]

Part of the Italian Horror Blog-a-thon hosted by Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies When I decided to review my way through the entirety of the Demons series this weekend, I didn’t realise just how insane a project I was undertaking. When Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava (son of the Italian genre film icon Mario Bava) collaborated […]

Screens at CIFF: 10/9 World premiere: 15 April, 2011, Italy Habemus Papam, “We have a Pope” in English, is the phrase spoken to the masses when the College of Cardinals has succeed in electing a new pontiff. And now it is a movie about a fictional pope’s election and the first few days of his […]