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Francesca (2015)

Francesca---posterDirector: Luciano Onetti

Writer: Luciano Onetti, Nicolás Onetti

Cast: Luis Emilio Rodriguez, Gustavo Dalessanro

Cert: TBC

Running time: 79mins

Year: 2015



What’s the story: Two detectives hunting a serial killer must probe into the unsolved disappearance of young girl Francesca fifteen years previously.

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What’s the verdict: Following in the bloody footsteps of Berbarian Sound Studio, Amer and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, Luciano Onetti’s Francesca is the latest movie to refract the giallo through an arthouse lens.

A loose story has Inspector Moretti (Rodriguez) investigating a series of brutal murders in 1970s Italy, a case that repeatedly returns him to the unsolved vanishing of Francesca a decade and a half earlier...

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Must-See Movies At FrightFest 2016

FrightFest-2016-feature-imageFrightFest returns this August Bank Holiday for its seventeenth year. And while the festival has been a mainstay of London’s Leicester Square for sixteen years, this time it is relocating to the 12-screen Vue Cinema in West London’s Shepherd’s Bush from 25th – 29th August.

FrightFest 2016 also has a new sponsor, with the Horror Channel appropriately now the headline backer.

But, while some things have changed, the festival still boasts the expected pedigree. Over 5 days 62 films will be showcased, spanning 16 countries.

Bracketing the festival is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents...

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Blu-Ray Review: Blood and Black Lace

Blood-and-Blace-Lace---Arrow-Blu-ray-coverDirector: Mario Bava

Writer: Marcello Fondato, Guiseppe Barilla, Mario Bava

Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner, Mary Dawne Arden

Cert: 18

Running time: 89mins

Year: 1964

Blu-ray region: A+B

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The lowdown: Mario Bava’s magnificent giallo receives the home video treatment it deserves with Arrow Film’s stunning Blu-ray. A killer is stalking and slashing models in an haute couture fashion house, which doubles as a hotbed of blackmail, drug addiction, infidelity and betrayal. Hugely influential, the film redefined big screen murder-mysteries, paved the way for the slasher movie and, 51 years later, remains a key example of how to shoot a thriller in bold, near hallucinogenic colour...

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15 Five Star Movies You May Have Forgotten

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One of the nicer problems for the first world film fan is not only making time to watch all the movies now available, but also remembering them.

With all year round blockbusters dazzling the eyes it is easy to forget those movies that fired the brain cells and stimulated the imagination in the way the best cinema does.

So, in salute to those special movies that deserve the all five stars yet may have been clouded by a decade of sound and fury or simply slipped under the radar, here are 15 five star movies made since 2000 you may want to reacquaint yourself with.


In the Mood for Love (2000)
The plot: In Hong Kong, 1962 a man and woman living in the same apartment building discover their respective spouses are having an affair and begin a tentative relationship themselves.

Why 5 stars: Cin...

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Stage Fright (2014)

Stage Fright - Allie MacDonald, Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, posterDirector: Jerome Sable

Writer: Jerome Sable

Cast: Allie MacDonald, Meat Loaf, Douglas Smith, Minnie Driver

Cert: 15

Running time: 89mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: The stalk n’slash genre gets a Glee-ful makeover with this full-on murderous musical. A summer camp for performing arts becomes the setting for bloody mayhem, one of the chief victims being musical theatre. Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver offer spirited big name support in a film that won’t be getting a Rocky Horror or Phantom of the Paradise-like cult following, but has a cheeky lightweight charm.

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The full verdict: “I’m gay, I’m gay, but not in that way!” So sings a closeted hunk in one of the many full-blooded musical numbers that pepper Jerome Sable’s infectiously fun debut.

Clearly paying homage to the giallo an...

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The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears - posterDirectors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Writers: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Cast: Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener

Cert: 18

Running time: 99mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: After their five star debut Amer, Belgian directing duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani return with this second giallo inspired thriller. Experts at riffing on the look and feel of those 60s and 70s Italian murder mysteries, Cattet and Forzani construct another visually sumptuous, darkly sexual and graphically violent mind scramble, following the misadventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a Belgian apartment building. Brilliant and frustrating, but maybe time for the Belgian directors to bring a little emotion to their precise, beautiful formalism.

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The full verdict: At one time the gial...

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The Perfume of the Lady in Black

The Perfume of the Lady in Black - posterDirector: Francesco Barilli

Cast: Mimsy Farmer, Maurizio Bonuglia, Mario Scaccia

Cert: 18

Running time: 101 mins

Year: 1974

The lowdown: Memorable and mad “hysterical female” movie with a suitably verbose giallo like title, but owing a good deal more to Polanski’s Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now.  Italian horror cinema icon Mimsy Farmer delivers her best performance as a woman being driven mad by… what exactly?  Director Francesco Barilli co-wrote the tightly structured giallo Who Saw Her Die two years earlier.  Here he allows the atmosphere to tell the story more than conventional plotting, creating a striking, lyrical and erotically charged neglected gem.

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The full verdict: Although not a traditional giallo, The Perfume of the Lady in...

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Claudia Gerini talks Tulpa, Giallo, Zampaglione and more!

Tulpa - Gerini redItalian actress Claudia Gerini is best known to UK audiences for appearances in The Passion of the Christ, Penelope Cruz’s Don’t Move and as a memorable villain in the TV adaptation of Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth.

Audiences will soon be able to see her in the mad Italian sex-thriller Tulpa, directed by her husband Federico Zampaglione, whose previous film was the neat little horror, Shadow.

A throwback to the classic Italian giallo horror-thrillers of the 1960s and 70s, Tulpa concerns a beautiful banker, Lisa (Gerini) whose life becomes a nightmare when members of the sex club she frequents begin turning up dead.

Fearing she’s next on the killers’ list, Lisa must solve the mystery before the black-gloved psycho moves her to the top of the list.

I caught up with Gerini to discuss the u...

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Berberian Sound Studio

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Director: Peter Strickland

Cast: Toby Jones, , Cosimo Fusco, Antonio Mancino, Tonia Sotiropoulou

Cert: 15

Running Time: 92 mins

Year: 2012

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The lowdown: Peter Strickland follows cult festival hit Katalin Varga with this dark love letter to the Italian horror films of the 60s and 70s. Toby Jones is Gilderoy, a meek, renowned sound engineer invited to Rome to work on a violent witchcraft movie. But, as culture shock and homesickness take hold, the power of the images the English gent must endure take their toll. Superior, thinking person’s fantasy cinema, imagine Peeping Tom directed by Roman Polanski.

The full verdict: First up: Berberian Sound Studio is a five star film.

Second: Like the brilliant Belgian horror Amer, Berberian Sound Studio requires a decent working knowledge of It...

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