Tag Archives: Giallo
The Stendhal Syndrome Review
There have been a number of times that I’ve changed my mind about a particular film, instances where I’ve gone from hating a movie the first time seeing it, only to enjoy it immensely during my next visit. That seems to be the case, once again, with Dario Argento’s 1996 film, The Stendhal Syndrome.
My last review (The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein) showed what Nico B. and the folks behind the scenes of ReelGore Releasing are bringing to the table, so to speak — splatter flicks for all of the gore fiends out there. While that fact does remain evident, their second official release relied less on viscera and more on atmosphere and psychological suspense. The film I’m describing is Andreas Marschall’s Masks.
After another failed audition, Stella (Susen Ermich) is [...]
The Evil Eye Review
In the world of Italian horror, there are many familiar names. Sergio Martino, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, and Michele Soavi are a few among the many that really stick out in the minds of genre fans around the world, all creating memorable films, some of which date to as far back as the early 1960’s. As much as I have attempted to get my hands on the works of these horror maestros, there are always tons more that [...]
When you’ve worked closely with the maestros of Italian cinema for years, it is safe to say you’ve learned from the best. Michele Soavi proved this, in 1987, with his directorial debut, StageFright.
A crew of performers are working on perfecting their stage show for an upcoming play. At the same time, a killer escapes from the local institution and finds his way to the place where the rehearsals are taking place. After murdering one stagehand, the killer gets [...]
I’m a big fan of Italian horror films, so I usually jump at the opportunity to check out something new that I have either overlooked or just plain didn’t know existed. Recently, I picked up Sergio Martino’s “Torso” and couldn’t wait to see what I had been missing. Filmed beautifully in Perugia, over a misty landscape, it follows the giallo film tradition faithfully.
While it’s more of a whodunnit than a slasher, “Torso” has the right amount of exploitation, violence, [...]