Book Review: Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989

Italian Gothic Horror Films 1980-1989Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989
Published by McFarland, 2019. 232 pages.
By Roberto Curti

Being that this is the 3rd book in the series by Curti involving the gothic horror films of Italy, this latest one, covering the ’80s, it’s sort of a nice little walk down memory lane for me. The ’80s is when I started to become aware of these films. With the boom of VHS tapes, the horror section was filled with these flicks from Italy, promising (and usually delivering) the bloody and gory goods to us eager viewers. So getting to read several pages on some of my favorites, namely the ones from Argento, Bava, Fulci, and Soavi, there is plenty to be learned here.

Not only will you get to read about some of your favorite classic Italian horror flicks like Argento’s Inferno (1980) or Fulci’s City of the Living Dead (1980), The Beyond and House by the Cemetery (both 1981), as well as Claudio Fragasso’s Monster Dog (1985) and Luigi Cozzi’s Paganini Horror (1989), you will get so much insight and information that I bet you’re going to want to re-watch some of these if you haven’t seen them in a while. You’ll learn maybe why Monster Dog turned out like it did, which could make you give it (and Fragasso) a little more credit. Maybe. Continue reading

Mystery Photo 6-17

Sorry about the lack of updates this week, but been putting way too many hours in my real job and it is taking it’s toll. Didn’t really have a weekend so almost forgot that today is actually Monday! But at least I did get this photo in before the day is over. Our last photo was from The People Who Own the Dark (1976), starring Alberto de Mendoza, Nadiuksa, and of course, Paul Naschy! While Naschy has only a supporting role, the film is still more than worth your time and has great ending. Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Bob Hartman, Troy Howarth, Lee Nattrass, Gavin Schmitt, and Michael Shields. Well done!

Now on to this week’s photo. Might be pretty easy for those that have seen the movie. Otherwise…might take a little more research. As always, please remember not to post your answers here in the comments, so that others can have a change at guessing. Just send your answer to us in an email, to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

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FAB Press Unleashes the Werewolves!

Frightfest Guide - werewolf moviesContinuing their track record of producing incredible books, FAB Press has announced the latest volume in their Frightfest Guide. The Frightfest Guide to Werewolf Movies, written by Gavin Baddeley, will be “uncovering neglected gems, and even examining a few howlers among the definitive selection of werewolf movies reviewed.” You’ll get to read about “reluctant wolfmen and shapeshifting sadists, big bad fairytale wolves and lycanthropic nymphomaniacs.” How could this not be a book you need to add to your own library?

With an introduction by director Neil Marshall, who gave us one of the best modern-day werewolf movies with his 2002 film Dog Soldiers, this will be another example of the quality work that FAB Press continues to put out.

Yes, these volumes can be a bit pricy, especially when you’re getting the shipped over here to the US, but I would attest that they are more than worth the money invested. The international street date for the book will be October 1st. The paperback price will be £17.99 (UK) $24.95 (US). Or you can order your exclusive hardcover edition now for only £20 now! Just head over to FAB Press now by clicking HERE.

Mystery Photo 6-10

Happy Monday, once again. They just keep coming back, don’t they?

Okay, our photo from last week was from the 1971 film The Devil’s Nightmare, starring the wonderful Erika Blanc. I can remember back in the old VHS days trying to find an uncut copy of this that had the black and white intro, as well as some of the other cut scenes that weren’t in any of the VHS releases here in the states. But now, thanks to Mondo Macabre, we don’t need to worry about that, do we? Anyway, kudos out to Todd Barwick and Michael Shields for sending in the correct answer. Well done, indeed.

This week’s photo is another Euro favorite of mine, so take a peek and see what you can figure out. As always, please remember not to post your answers here so that others can have a chance at guessing. You can send us your guess though email, to jon@kitleyskrypt.com. Good Luck!

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So Deadly, So Perverse Volume 3 Now Available

So Deadly So Perverse vol 3The third and final volume in Troy Howarth’s must-own series on the giallo film is now out! So Deadly, So Perverse: Volume 3 – Giallo Inspired World Cinema continues Howarth’s quest to inform the world of all things giallo! This volume shows the influence of this Italian sub-genre that were felt around the world from Japan to England to definitely the US and their slasher films.

With an introduction by filmmaker Dante Tomaselli and published by Midnight Marquee, if this is half as good as the first two volumes, then it needs to be in everyone’s library. 

You can order this from Amazon right now, but the price is a bit steep at $60. But if you wait a little bit, you’ll be able to order it directly from Midnight Marquee for $40, which is much more reasonable. It may drop down in price on Amazon, but not sure if or when. Or, if you’re heading out to Monster Bash in a couple of weeks, you can pick up your copy right from Troy himself! I know that is what I’m going to do! Continue reading

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador – Rest in Peace

narcisoibanezserradorOn June 7th, the horror genre lost someone very important to the it, although most fans here in the states probably know very little of him. Narciso Ibáñez Serrador might not be a name most fans are familiar with, mainly because he didn’t produce a lot of work in the film genre, but what he did before that laid the grounds for the genre in Spain. According to author Antonio Lázaro-Reboll in his book Spanish Horror Film, “Narciso Ibáñez Serrador was the most culturally prominent image of horror in Spain in the late 1960s due to his horror-suspense TV series Historias para no dormir (Stories to Keep You Awake, 1966-67).” 

He grew up in the theater where both his parents were involved in, where his father Ibáñez Menta adapted horror classics for the stage. His parents divorced when he only 12, he would eventually work with his father in the late ’50s creating a TV show for Argentina’s only TV channel, adapting the works of Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson, with his father acting in them while he wrote the episodes. This was called Obras maestras del terror (Masterworks of Horror).  When he eventually came to Spain, he continued the work for television, cementing his reputation with the genre, even before making his first film. Continue reading

Hammer Horror & More from Scream Factory

How to make the beginning of the week better? Easy. Hearing a slew of great titles announced from Scream Factory that will be hitting Blu-ray last this fall!

Of course, anytime a Hammer title is release, there should be much rejoicing! No matter the title, to have these in a nice Blu-ray edition, with the blazing colors and clarity, it will be great to see these titles looking their best. Being release on Sept. 10th is Scars of Dracula (1970) starring Christopher Lee and Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1972) starring the stunning Valerie Leon! I know these titles don’t have a lot of fans, compared to maybe Hammer’s earlier titles, but they are still fun and entertaining.

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