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Horror Flick of the Week – Slaughter of the Vampires / Curse of the Blood Ghouls (1962)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2015 by ranranami

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Don’t let the trailer fool you. Lurking out there somewhere in cyberspace (or possibly on a good quality dvd) is an excellent copy of this movie, as crisp as something you’d expect from a prized Bava picture, not from something by Roberto Mauri (who also directed such films as ‘Zorikan the Barbarian’ and ‘The Porno Killers’). Now, it isn’t nearly the same class as Bava’s best, but certainly enjoyable enough to at least spend the night watching with a couple of friends. It’s just a simple, classic kind of vampire story. Evil count. Terrified villagers. Handsome young man struggling to maintain his humanity while he battles evil…

The dubbing is…well, it’s an Italian movie. So the dubbing is fairly obvious. But keep in mind, that’s pretty much how it works out with most Italian cinema, and there are plenty out there worth checking out if you can get over that hurdle many people seem to struggle with. It’s well worth the effort.

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.