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Horror Flick of the Week: Don’t Torture a Duckling

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2016 by ranranami

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If you’re unfamiliar with Giallo (regular readers should be, I love them.) This one may be one of the easier films to foray into if you aren’t, as the plot is more structured than you’d expect from a Giallo. As usual, it’s got some absolutely stunning cinematography. Since this is one of those ‘must sees’ in the genre, I’d expect nothing less. In fact, if you’re interested in Giallo at all…make this one of your top 5 to watch before the end of the year.

Voodoo. Paranoia. Religion. Gratuitous nudity. It’s gruesome. Mean-spirited in the style only Fulci seems to nail so well. A mystery about some serial killer offing little boys should be, shouldn’t it? Not for the faint of heart, and I’d advise those who are more sensitive in their horror tastes to not even watch the trailer below. For the rest of you, definitely check it out this October. This week. Tonight. As soon as you can.

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Horror Flick of the Week: All The Colors of the Dark

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , on November 15, 2014 by ranranami

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Also known as ‘Tutti I Colori Del Buio’ and the title on the Spanish poster, this Spanish-Italian giallo doesn’t stand out too terribly from the rest, but it’s an experience anyway.

I find most Italian films, mainly the older ones, are far more of an experience than a cohesive and concise story. They’re very much about the appearance, the mood, the feel of a movie…rather than the actual plot. I think Fulci and Fellini movies are a perfect example of this, case in point being ‘House by the Cemetery’, which in itself merits being featured at some point.

All the Colors of the Dark is no different. It is the experience, not the story, which stands out. The main character as I see it is the perfect example of a vulnerable female character depicted in most Giallo, manipulated by the world around her. The main thing that stands out is that she starts off a bit unhinged, and is basically put in the worst situations for any person with a severe mental illness. I imagine the director, Sergio Martino, must have been a big fan of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’…and to illustrate that point, they’ve even got a Bette Davis lookalike in the trippy opening sequence.

I won’t say this is the greatest Giallo film in history, because it really isn’t. But it’s certainly worth checking out. But as with most American cuts of any classic Italian horror, there are a couple of different versions. I’d advise watching the one with the opening dream sequence. And a warning before you consider watching the trailer, there is a bit of nipple at one point.

 

Drive-in Trailers: Giallo-ous Much?

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2014 by ranranami

I have no jokes for this entry, gang, sorry. I just have a note which kind of helps clarify why I like Giallo movies and yet at the same time despise most of the splatter-trash that came out of the 70s. Giallo films tended to be a bit better in film quality, though there were plenty of god-awful attempts…there always are…but they also really made the female deaths pretty. I mean when women had to be nude onscreen, it was less vulgar and more…artistic with splashes of blood? As a heterosexual woman, this made the rampant female nudity a bit more pardonable in the genre. For me, at least. The point I’m trying to make here is that Giallo films are awesome. So here’s a few trailers!

Warning: Some trailers, especially the foreign language ones, may have explicit material unsuitable for children.