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The Delightful Insanity of MADHOUSE

Last month, something happened that I never could have predicted in a million years. Arrow Video released 1981’s MADHOUSE on Blu-Ray. Frankly, up to this point, I was convinced that it wasn’t real, and I had only seen it in a fever dream. But now, with a crisp 2K restoration, this is either the longest […]

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Exploring the Hypnotic Giallo Film ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK

There are some films that are underrated, and then films that are so over-looked it feels almost criminal. Case in point: Sergio Martino’s gorgeous 1972  giallo film, ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK. Though small group of horror fans have been singing praises of this film for years, the title is still fairly unknown to […]

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Good Bad Habits: Director Mariano Baino on Nunsploitation Epic DARK WATERS

The sunken depths of Manhattan’s Lovecraft bar seem like the perfect place to talk to Mariano Baino, whose 1994 film DARK WATERS is resurfacing as a long-awaited Blu-ray from Severin Films today. Severin and publicist Josh Johnson (dressed for the occasion in a nun’s habit) set up an interview op with Baino last night in […]

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The Haunted World of Mario Bava’s PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES

From the forbidden reaches of interstellar space a distress call is answered and the would-be rescuers become the victims of an alien terror meeting death in the most horrible ways imaginable. Sound familiar? Well then, you might be a fan of director Mario Bava’s stylish, low budget, promethean nightmare, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES. Bava, perhaps […]

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Five Horror Movie Genres That NEED to Make a Comeback!

The horror genre is a cyclical beast with many frightening faces, and when one of those faces stops scaring the crap out of you, one of the others always rises takes its place. Slashers gave way to torture porn, torture porn gave way to found footage, and eventually they all make a comeback in one […]

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Watch This Creepy Giallo-Style Teaser for BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN

The upcoming slasher/giallo feature from actor-filmmaker Chris Moore (PERVERSION, THE HOUSE OF COVERED MIRRORS) is sure to raise some eyebrows, given its controversial subject matter. But if this teaser trailer — which taps into the mood of ‘70s and ‘80s horror trailers and TV spots — is any indication of the film’s overall tone, it […]

Music 

EXCLUSIVE: BASKIN Soundtrack Music & Cover Art Reveal!

BASKIN – Police Raid (English translation). Invada & Lakeshore Records are set to unleash Hell (figuratively) with the soundtrack for BASKIN by Ulaş Pakkan. It is one of the most hotly anticipated horror films of 2016 after receiving rave reviews and winning the “Next Wave Award” at Fantastic Fest. The soundtrack will be released digitally […]

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5 Reasons You Must Own Synapse Films’ TENEBRAE Blu-Ray

When it comes to restoring and giving due to classic horror cult cinema, I doubt anyone can do better than the fine fiends over at Synapse Films. Since the beginning of the DVD boom, they’ve been tackling proper special editions for some of the most well-known and notorious genre pictures ever produced. And as fans, themselves, […]

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Slashback! 1981’s BLOODY MOON Gives New Meaning to “Senseless Violence”

When Euro-horror fans remember the late, great Jesús “Jess” Franco, their minds likely go straight to the surreal and erotic imagery of his cult classics VAMPYROS LESBOS or FEMALE VAMPIRE. But as you may know, Spain’s gone-but-not-forgotten cinematic sleazemeister dabbled in just about every film genre that ever existed (and probably made up a few of […]

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Recommended: The “Giallo” Classic WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?

The US branch of Arrow Video has been stepping up, and stepping up hard to provide top notch releases for genre fans. In the ever-growing market where smaller, obscure cult titles tend to get amazing restorations and fancy special editions, it’s tough to decide what to spend your hard earned cash on! But at least […]

Music 

Here Are The 8 Greatest “GIALLO” Soundtracks!

“Perhaps the sight of beauty makes him lose control of himself, so he kills.” – Inspector Silvester (BLOOD AND BLACK LACE) To create the perfect Giallo there has to be the right blend of mystery, Hitchcockian twists, overly sexually tense situations, murder, atmosphere and original music. Each of these key elements are essential ingredients for […]

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Can You Tell if These Giallo Horror Movie Titles Are Real or Fake?

Italian giallo films had a huge influence on American movies and have become favorites with horror audiences throughout history. This slasher sub-genre includes some very well known horror films like BAY OF BLOOD, SUSPIRIA, TORSO and PHENOMENA, and giallo directors like Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Sergio Martino have become genre icons. But […]

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Slashback! Nubile Students Lose Their Heads at NIGHT SCHOOL (1981)

We’ve been singing the praises of winter-bound horror movies lately, and I’ve always been a fan of the claustrophobic, menacing atmosphere the chill of the season lends to any suspense tale… even humble slasher fare. Well, you can’t get much chillier than a winter in Boston — which just happens to be the setting for this […]