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Author Topic: What Are Your Favourite Italian Horror Flicks?  (Read 18235 times)

Peter Neal

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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Horror Flicks?
« Reply #15 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 04:52 »

I started collecting horror movies around '88, but the movie that would change my view on the genre forever was Argento's "Tenebrae", which I first saw as a 3rd generation boot in '91, since the movie was (and still is!) banned in Germany. :o Five invcarnations later, from VHS to Laserdisc and finally to DVD on three different releases, and I'd still quote "Tenebrae" to be my absolute fave as far as not only Italian horror, but horror in general is concerned. ::)

My fave list of Italo horror would read something like this:

1) Tenebrae
2) Absurd
3) Cannibal Holocaust
4) The Beyond
5) Bay of Blood
6) Opera
7) Don't Torture a Duckling
8 ) Antropophagus
9) City of the living Dead
10) Night Train Murders
11) New York Ripper
12) The House by the Cemetary
13) Sleepless
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Almar@Shameless

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« Reply #16 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 15:24 »

Sleepless eh? I did think the first 20 minutes of that were just astounding - I was whooping and cheering when I got the test disc through but then it all gets a bit soggy. I asked Dario why he had waited so long to get back into this kind of film and he said he knew it was what people wanted and finally though ok I'll give you fans a bit of what you like. I did feel like asking him why not just a teeny bit sooner but of course didn't as I'm sever so polite!

For me I think Tenebrae might be my fave as it's so twisted - you really start enjoying the murders - if anything you're on the side of the murderer. That and Inferno for the gorgeous baroque madness and scale of ambition that movie has - that's why I'm not looking forward to the final part of the trilogy as it looks somewhat cheaper.
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Horror Flicks?
« Reply #17 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 15:28 »

There's definitely a "cheap look" about his latter day films. That said, I loved SLEEPLESS as it kind of returned him  to his roots. It's no masterpiece, granted, but it's a hell of a lot better than PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
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« Reply #18 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 15:44 »

There's definitely a "cheap look" about his latter day films. That said, I loved SLEEPLESS as it kind of returned him  to his roots. It's no masterpiece, granted, but it's a hell of a lot better than PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

and the sheer boredom of The Card Player. It's the sheer energy of films like Tenebrae that stun and the first 20 minutes of Sleepless were right up there with his best. The rest was fine - almost like a poor man's Deep Red.
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« Reply #19 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 16:00 »

There's definitely a "cheap look" about his latter day films. That said, I loved SLEEPLESS as it kind of returned him  to his roots. It's no masterpiece, granted, but it's a hell of a lot better than PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

and the sheer boredom of The Card Player. It's the sheer energy of films like Tenebrae that stun and the first 20 minutes of Sleepless were right up there with his best. The rest was fine - almost like a poor man's Deep Red.

SPOILER!

I was chatting to Jonny about TENEBRAE earlier - the final scene is such an audacious way in which to en a film. Tight close-up on Daria Nicolodi screaming in such a blood-curdling way. It's brilliant.
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Peter Neal

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« Reply #20 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 16:33 »

SPOILER!

I was chatting to Jonny about TENEBRAE earlier - the final scene is such an audacious way in which to en a film. Tight close-up on Daria Nicolodi screaming in such a blood-curdling way. It's brilliant.

It is indeed! ;) That and the radical revelation (for me anyway :-\) in particular made the film a turning point as far as my viewing habits were concerned. ::)

On Sleepless: The only real fault I can find with it is that the young characters are not nearly as engaging as von Sydow's Moretti...and we certainly could have used a few extra minutes with him IMO.

The German DVD by ems has a much better picture and sound than the UK disc, but unfortunately it suffered a few minor cuts. The limited uncut presentation is long gone into OOP.  :o

I can somewhat understand Dario for wanting to do something different - I think he went into an interesting direction with "Stendahl" - but only God knows who'd he exactely envision to enjoy his "Phantom".... 8)
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Horror Flicks?
« Reply #21 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 16:57 »

as I mentioned in the review somewhere above, the Italian DTS track is very nice, but you sacrifice hearing Von Sydow's real voice.
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« Reply #22 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 20:31 »

Stephen  I love Polsellis Delirium. I watch this film once a month. I especially like Katia Cardinali who was the bathtub drowning victim. nice twisted sleazy giallo :-X
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Stephen Grimes

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« Reply #23 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 20:37 »

Stephen  I love Polsellis Delirium.
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Richard C

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« Reply #24 on: 08 Oct 2007 - 11:31 »

I must admit I'm a little slow on the uptake when it comes to Italian horror but I've just started to enjoy the delights of Mario Bava (see told you I was slow...). Watched 3 films from the first box set reccently and I have to say I've enjoyed all of them (BLACK SUNDAY, BLACK SABBATH and THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH). I'm looking forward to completing the set this month and I'm looking forward to the next batch.
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« Reply #25 on: 31 Jan 2008 - 14:30 »

At the moment I like Tenebrae and Il Demonio. Two outstanding films.
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K August

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« Reply #26 on: 31 Jan 2008 - 19:25 »

Apart from seeing The Good, The Bad & The Ugly when I was really young, my first real introduction into Italian exploitation was through some of the horror flicks I saw as a teenager.

I might have said this over at dvdmaniacs' forum but GBU and then horror was my introduction too.

I don't watch much horror but when I do it's:

Tenebre
All the Colors of the Dark
Cat o' Nine Tails
Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Zombie

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I wish I could add Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue but that's more Spanish isn't it?
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« Reply #27 on: 03 Feb 2008 - 03:43 »

Since I'm rather late in posting to this thread, you've pretty much all named my favorites so I'm just gonna throw this additional one out there: any DIAL: HELP fans?

Sure, its silly but I like the Rome that Deodato creates in this film.  Backstreets, empty piazzas, crumbling old apartment exteriors giving way to blindly white modern apartments, trendy lofts, and noirish offices, cramped nightclubs, almost every guy has one of those ridiculous eighties ponytails, Charlotte Lewis practically spilling out of anything she wears here, and Renato Tafuri's photography.

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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Horror Flicks?
« Reply #28 on: 28 Feb 2008 - 22:36 »

Loads and loads of them. I love:

The beyond
zombie Flesh Eaters
Suspiria
Two Evil Eyes
Nightmare City

...and anything with the fabulous udo!
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« Reply #29 on: 28 Feb 2008 - 23:30 »

Speaking of Udo, when is the Barrel Entertainment DVD of EXPOSE aka HOUSE ON STRAW HILL coming out? Was it canceled? It was announced around 2 years ago or more.
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