I love Lenzi's gialli offerings, or at least the one's I have experiences! I still need to see KNIFE OF ICE and A QUIET PLACE TO KILL. SPASMO and EYEBALL are some of my more favorite gialli viewings. Two very stylish yet, odd in nature but still very effective in the payoff!
It's been a long time since I first seen his SO SWEET... SO PERVERSE (1969), was that not just recently issued on DVD again??
I absolutely loved Freda's brilliant I VAMPRI! Now, what was the deal with Bava being uncredited for with this again? I know he had something to do with the overall direction, but what's the full story on that again?
Any opinions about this more recent giallo? I've heard some bad things but when I found it dirt cheap on eBay, I couldn't resist the temptation of picking it up. Figured I need to give some of the more recent horrer/thriller stuff a chance too. Still waiting for it to arrive and I'm not quite sure what to expect of it but at least it has a pretty good cast that includes famous transsexual Eva Robins from TENEBRAE (1982) and the good-looking Elisabetta Rocchietti, who has been cropping up in a lot of horror stuff like THE THREE FACES OF TERROR (2004), DO YOU LIKE HITCHCOCK? (2005) and THE LAST HOUSE IN THE WOODS (2006). Not to mention supporting roles by Florinda Bolkan and Franco Nero! Anyone here seen it?
Interesting looking film out of Italy with Irish/Spanish co-financiers. Directed by Italian SFX man Stefano Bessoni.
In the 1600s, long before the invention of photography, a scientist named Girolamo Fumagalli was obsessed with the idea of reproducing images. He discovered that by killing a victim and removing the victim's eyeballs, it was possible to reproduce on paper the last image imprinted on that person's retinas. He named this technique 'thanatography'. Today, the same kind of gruesome ritual and abominable crime recurs within the walls of an international school of cinema. -imdb.com
Also stars the daughter of Charlie Chapman, Geraldine Chaplin as well as her daughter Oona.
Well, it seems this is yet another Argento flick that is taking a beating in the review department. Even die hard fans are not too pleased with this outing. Anyhow, the PAL R2 DVD is now out via a Polish company that found it important to force the Polish subs!
Looks like this will be getting a UK release first via Arrow Films! I still haven't seen this, it was on my radar during last year's Midnight Madness during the Toronto Film Fest. The disc will be released March 15th..
Wow, where does one start with these things ?, so much to say, so much to tell!. Anyhow, it all started when my parents took me the wee lad of only 3 years of age to the drive-in , to witness Bob Clarke’s classic cult film CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS. Of course , after that the horror began !. Maybe not directly after, but the moment in time has stuck with me to this very day. As I began to mature so did my tastes in cinema. One film in particular which had a direct impact upon me would be Stanley Kubrick’s classic tale of youth gone bad a la future A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Everything about the film appealed to me, the score, the imagery and most of all the message. There was more to film than just what trash Hollywood was pumping out. Sure Kubrick’s tale was a big budgeted film, but it still defied the regular Hollywood formula and still does to this day!. Though my interests in film were mostly of the horror scene, I had my side dishes of cult favorites as well. Then in the early 90's, my taste in cinema would take a drastic turn with the viewing of Dario Argento’s artful masterpiece, SUSPIRIA. Sure, I had seen many Italian based horror films like Fulci’s ZOMBI, Franco’s JACK THE RIPPER and Pupi Avati’s ZEDER, but nothing quite like SUSPIRIA. Like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE’S affect on me a decade before, I was experiencing that same feeling. My eyes had witnessed the second coming. Again, everything about SUSPIRIA had me wanting more. The flawless score by Goblin, to this day their most extensive piece of work. The images, including Argento’s use of and manipulation of them. Further more, the actors involved. This was my first serious trip into something that has now become my first love in cinema, European cinema and most of all Italian horror, cult and crime.
The next step was unknown to me until the birth of the internet. Well a few years later really … late 1998 … I had finally surfed the great unknown, the www. Of course at first I had no real direction, I just wanted to see what all the hype was all about. Then the direction came when I did a general search for horror based material. Then came the horror based fan sites with their message forums. They were great and I still have numerous fond memories of many of them. Lots have long since passed, but there are still many of them that still stand to this day.
I finally got my calling though , I wanted to create a fan based web community of sorts that catered to films that we here in North America. Either not known about, or have little known knowledge about. Well, with how the world has grown with the spirit of the internet that would be hard. Still my drive was there, I wanted to share the knowledge I had with others who sought it out and were just discovering it as well. Though my knowledge is surpassed by others that would be my next step, to assemble a core group of fans with great knowledge of many of these films. To share their thoughts and knowledge with others. Finally in late 2002 after the death of my best friend, and fellow Euro-horror aficionado, I decided to start the recruitment and get things going.
The birth of what is now called CINEMA NOCTURNA is pretty much that of the way a new website goes. Only instead of recruiting the main core after the fact, I had a team of what I considered the cream of the crop when it came to the facts. People like Paul Cooke, with his wizardry of words and his vast knowledge and love for many of the same films I enjoyed. Devin Kelly, who’s love and passion for Euro-Cult and more only made the right sense to recruit. Frankie Marino, who’s knowledge of Euro-crime inspired my own adventures into many films I had no idea about, but now hold close to my heart!. There’s nothing quite like those Merli flicks!. Sean Patrick Dolan, who I had known something of from another genre site, in which he had contributed to. He too writes with such passion, this was another must have for Cinema Nocturna’s founding strength and still is to this day. Finding Michael Bolvary was on a different level all together. Standing in the main train station in Toronto, I was waiting for my train when he approached me about the t-shirt I was wearing at the time. That t-shirt was none other then Lucio Fulci’s CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. He announced that he was a huge fan of Fulci’s. We talked the whole train ride. Upon my departure I had pointed him toward Cinema Nocturna and of course you know the outcome of that!. As for all the little things that make up CN - for instance our whacked out rating system, THE BITCH SLAP, I would like to thank Frankie for that concept. The various section titles here as well, like our European forum SPLATTER MAFIOSO, just some word mixing of mine. Our Asian cinema section's title of Ballistic Blood Bullets comes courtesy of none other than CN's wizard with words, Paul Cooke!.
Today, Cinema Nocturna is as big as it has ever been and continues to grow! Adding writers such as my good friend Kit Gavin to the mix with his vast and in many cases first hand knowledge of many European based genre films. He has been a solid and vital part of our feel, one like the others is irreplaceable. And of just recently the additions of Harvey F.Chartrand, a fellow Canadian with loads of background and writing talent. From the ashes of Horror-Wood, he brings a new dimension to the Underbelly of Film. Also, Cathleen Grado, Cinema Nocturna’s first female write, bring tons of great passion to us! Her film knowledge and love is reflected in each of her pieces. She certainly is a welcomed addition to Cinema Nocturna!
Of course, throughout Cinema Nocturna’s many changing faces, there has been a constant presences behind the scenes. On that has and continues to be a very vital part of our being here, that is Sean Reppe. Since the very beginning, I had the idea, but Sean was the guiding source for me to start the design. Yes, it was humble, but hey I like Cinema Nocturna was beginning too. So, there is a big thanks to Sean and his knowledge and skills in giving Cinema Nocturna a face! Less we forgot all the countless independent film makers who we have grow with and all the companies who look to us for reviews! Tony at X-Ploited Cinema for his long standing as our main sponsor! We thank you all!
STEVE GENIER (FOUNDER/OWNER) CINEMA NOCTURNA-THE UNDERBELLY OF FILM!