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    3) I've just watched that one a week ago, myself. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't seen "The Night Evelyn..." yet, but I will get around to it sometime soon. I'll post a proper review of it tomorrow.
    I preferred Evelyn, I think. It was way crazier.

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    4) Yeah, I never really got on with Phenomena, either. It was alright, but I can't really remember much about it. The one thing I most remember is from a making of documentary about Argento in general and how the 'swarm of flies on the building' was done (coffee grounds in water superimposed over the shot). IIRC this was before he did Terror At The Opera (aka Opera), which I really enjoyed, so he wasn't quite out of juice at this point, but the cracks began to show.
    Opera isn't out on an (English speaking) BluRay yet. I believe Koch Media has a german BluRay out but it's bound to get an english treatment eventually. Looking forward to rewatching that one.

    Anyway... This week:

    Danger: Diabolik
    Very camp, very fun and very good music. Mario Bava delivers what I have to say is my favorite film of his (so far). Loved pretty much everything about it, including the fact that the villain unironically uses a trap door on one of his goons.

    Zombi Holocaust
    A classic jungle adventure with zombies and cannibals thrown in. Works pretty good! The zombies introduction is pretty creepy and probably the highlight of the film. The ending is pretty low key however and there could easily have been a more drawn out climax. As it stands now it all just burns to the ground in around 1 minute time.

    Deliria Calda / Delerium
    A boring ass giallo where nothing happens except the main female character freaking out in the last 30 minutes and constantly shrieking at the top of her lungs while the rest of the cast watches.

    "I worked in a factory owned by Germans, at coal pits owned by Frenchmen, and at a chemical plant owned by Belgians. There I discovered something about capitalists. They are all alike, whatever the nationality. All they wanted from me was the most work for the least money that kept me alive. So I became a Communist." - Ники́та Серге́евич Хрущёв

    "Thanks for Playa Girón. Before the invasion, the revolution was weak. Now it's stronger than ever". - Che Guevara

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    Zombi Holocaust
    A classic jungle adventure with zombies and cannibals thrown in. Works pretty good! The zombies introduction is pretty creepy and probably the highlight of the film. The ending is pretty low key however and there could easily have been a more drawn out climax. As it stands now it all just burns to the ground in around 1 minute time.
    Features one of the coolest zombie slayings ever: outboard motor propeller to the face!

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    Features one of the coolest zombie slayings ever: outboard motor propeller to the face!
    Quite right. And the music is pretty good too, though I heard it was ripped from another film.




    Anyway...

    The Fifth Cord, a giallo with Franco Nero. One of the absolute best gialli I've ever seen. Not so much for it's plot, which is a bit confusing and doesn't really tie up as neatly as some others do, but because of it's style. Every scene is an utter masterpiece of cinematography, courtsey of Vittorio Storaro. Add to that Morricone delivers a score that's up there with the one's he composed for Argento's Animal trilogy. This gem isn't on bluray, which is criminal. If there's one film that deserves a HD remaster, it's this one. I saw this on Youtube.

    Death Occured Last Night, people keep saying this is a giallo but I don't buy it. While there is a mystery, it revolves mainly around a kidnapping. The main characters are two police officers who try to figure out who kidnapped the mentally handicapped daughter of a local businessman and the film follows their investigation rather than that of some private eye or journalist. Simply put, it's much more of a polizioteschi than a giallo, but I guess technically, all the giallo elements are there... Duccio Tessari helms, who later directed both Bloodstained Butterfly and Puzzle. Both are very good examples of the giallo genre. This one was okay.

    So Sweet, So Dead, another giallo. While it's a solid giallo, it is by far, by far, the most formulaic giallo I've ever seen. There's nothing in this film that's not borrowed from another film. In addition, it's simply not executed that well. It hasn't got the flamboyant cheese of some of the sleazier examples (Like Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion) and it hasn't got the poetic charm of let's say Your Vice is a Locked Room and only I have the Key. Instead it's a rather flat affair where a group of high society aristocrats in a small town find their unfaithful wives being knocked off one by one in what's, truth be told, some really dull and uncreative scenes.

    Jane Austen's Book Club, yet another giallo.
    Just kidding. A group of women, of whom none die, read Jane Austen's books and have the themes of the books themselves stand in for several trials their personal relationships go through. It's alright.

    "I worked in a factory owned by Germans, at coal pits owned by Frenchmen, and at a chemical plant owned by Belgians. There I discovered something about capitalists. They are all alike, whatever the nationality. All they wanted from me was the most work for the least money that kept me alive. So I became a Communist." - Ники́та Серге́евич Хрущёв

    "Thanks for Playa Girón. Before the invasion, the revolution was weak. Now it's stronger than ever". - Che Guevara

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    The Craft. Really good movie from the 90's about four troubled teenage girls practicing witchcraft to get what they want but the spells start to backfire once they start abusing their powers. The most realistic movie about witchcraft I've ever seen and one of my favorite movies of all time. I give it a 9/10.
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    All the Colours of the Dark
    Sergio Martino, Ernesto Gastaldi, Edwige Fenech and George Hilton team up for the second time. I bought the Shameless Bluray which was recently released. As a fan of all things gialli, and this combination in particular, I enjoyed most of it. But when the protagonist is a passive figure, preferring to let things around her happen rather than taking a proactive role in events, I get bored. This is one of those films. Edwige Fenech is utterly helpless in this mystery of satanic rituals. Pretty visuals, cool music, nasty giallo scenery and great cast. But in the end it's not one of the greater ones.

    The Killer is one of Thirteen
    A spanish giallo, of which I've seen only a few. This being the very first all-spanish Giallo I believe. Simon Adreu (famous from Lucano Ercoli's giallos with Susan Scott) is one of thirteen dinner guests invited to the vacation manor of a widow. On the very first night she explains to the assembled group that she believes one of them murdered her husband. I don't think I have to tell you what happens next...
    Fairly talky but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It builds up a large cadre of characters fairly succesfully before the killer is let loose.

    What the Health?
    A crappy documentary cherrypicking an enormous amount of results from an even further cherrypicked number of studies. I was annoyed at how simple of a solution they presented at the end and had to google it. Turns out my bullshit radar was correct and the filmmakers were really just full of shit.

    The Tenderness of the Wolves
    Ulli Lommel directs a retelling of the case of "The Vampire of Hanover". A pedophile and cannibal lures boys back to his attic apartment where he rapes and butchers them. He then sells off the meat. Gruesome tale of depression era germany based on a true story. The film itself isn't very exciting. I'm not really sure what the director (Ulli Lommel) is trying to convey either.

    "I worked in a factory owned by Germans, at coal pits owned by Frenchmen, and at a chemical plant owned by Belgians. There I discovered something about capitalists. They are all alike, whatever the nationality. All they wanted from me was the most work for the least money that kept me alive. So I became a Communist." - Ники́та Серге́евич Хрущёв

    "Thanks for Playa Girón. Before the invasion, the revolution was weak. Now it's stronger than ever". - Che Guevara

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilNed View Post
    All the Colours of the Dark
    Sergio Martino, Ernesto Gastaldi, Edwige Fenech and George Hilton team up for the second time. I bought the Shameless Bluray which was recently released. As a fan of all things gialli, and this combination in particular, I enjoyed most of it. But when the protagonist is a passive figure, preferring to let things around her happen rather than taking a proactive role in events, I get bored. This is one of those films. Edwige Fenech is utterly helpless in this mystery of satanic rituals. Pretty visuals, cool music, nasty giallo scenery and great cast. But in the end it's not one of the greater ones.

    The Killer is one of Thirteen
    A spanish giallo, of which I've seen only a few. This being the very first all-spanish Giallo I believe. Simon Adreu (famous from Lucano Ercoli's giallos with Susan Scott) is one of thirteen dinner guests invited to the vacation manor of a widow. On the very first night she explains to the assembled group that she believes one of them murdered her husband. I don't think I have to tell you what happens next...
    Fairly talky but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It builds up a large cadre of characters fairly succesfully before the killer is let loose.

    What the Health?
    A crappy documentary cherrypicking an enormous amount of results from an even further cherrypicked number of studies. I was annoyed at how simple of a solution they presented at the end and had to google it. Turns out my bullshit radar was correct and the filmmakers were really just full of shit.
    1) I quite enjoyed that one. Perhaps not one of their respective best outings, but there was something about it that really stood out. It is fair to say Edwige isn't allowed off the hook to get stuck in, which is a shame ... generally it's a shame she didn't get to do more out-there characters like she had in "Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key", but then again, that does make such performances all the more special and stand-out.

    2) Sounds interesting! I'll keep it in mind.

    3) What's it about in general (healthcare systems around the world, is it?), and what bullshit does it proffer, out of interest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilNed View Post
    The Tenderness of the Wolves
    Ulli Lommel directs a retelling of the case of "The Vampire of Hanover". A pedophile and cannibal lures boys back to his attic apartment where he rapes and butchers them. He then sells off the meat. Gruesome tale of depression era germany based on a true story. The film itself isn't very exciting. I'm not really sure what the director (Ulli Lommel) is trying to convey either.
    Been on my list for years. Don't know why I haven't got around to it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinionZombie View Post
    2) Sounds interesting! I'll keep it in mind.
    I may have given it too much credit. It's not that fun.

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    3) What's it about in general (healthcare systems around the world, is it?), and what bullshit does it proffer, out of interest?
    Diet. Specifically a vegetarian diet. It goes to great lengths to present some kind of conspiracy against it but it's not very well crafted. The interviewer is turned down by an innumerable number of interviewees and he proclaims it's because of some "conspiracy", when in fact it's quite obvious it's because he's an annoying asshole who nobody takes seriously.

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    Been on my list for years. Don't know why I haven't got around to it yet.
    Not worth it, really...

    "I worked in a factory owned by Germans, at coal pits owned by Frenchmen, and at a chemical plant owned by Belgians. There I discovered something about capitalists. They are all alike, whatever the nationality. All they wanted from me was the most work for the least money that kept me alive. So I became a Communist." - Ники́та Серге́евич Хрущёв

    "Thanks for Playa Girón. Before the invasion, the revolution was weak. Now it's stronger than ever". - Che Guevara

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    That's a shame.

    Always thought it looked very atmospheric.
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    Baby Driver: 7/10 - Some good aspects, but too much of it feels clunky and self obsessed and self important.
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    Rain of Fire (a.k.a. Holocaust 2000) - 1977: Obviously inspired by 1976's The Omen, but with Kirk Douglas instead of Gregory Peck as the unknowing father of Satan's Spawn. Unlike The Omen films, though, the ending of this one is unclear and therefore disappointing.

    From Beyond the Grave - 1974: the last of those "Amicus" horror anthology films popular in the 1960s-70s, features a solid cast of veteran actors (Peter Cushing, Donald Pleasence, David Warner, Ian Bannen, Lesley-Anne Down, etc.), but the stories themselves are generally weaker than the previous Amicus horror anthologies, like Tales from the Crypt(1972) or The Vault of Horror (1973).

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    Been in the Cyclades for a few weeks, so haven't seen much film. But I did catch War for the Planet of the Apes at an open air cinema - with greek subtitles - and I watched So Deadly, So Perverse online at the hotel one night.

    I dug the former. The protagonists are all apes this time around. I grew up on the Planet of the Apes films and I think this reboot series has been tremendous. A friend of mine joked about how everything has to be so dark and gritty these days. But Planet of the Apes has always been dark. There's not a single Apes film with an upbeat ending.

    The latter, an early giallo by Lenzi, was entertaining in it's numerous twists and turns. It's more focused on the threat of murder and jet-setters conniving than latter, post-Argento giallo which almost always feature a murder investigation by some form of amateur detective. Pretty nifty theme:



    On my vacation I read Michael J. Koven's "La Dolce Morte" on giallo in which he divides the genre into "Argento-like Giallo" (my word, not his - his is more complicated), "Suspense giallo" (as this one would qualify as), "Poliziotto" (where the protagonist is a cop) and "giallo fantastico" (supernatural giallo). From that aspect, this would be a Suspense giallo.
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    "I worked in a factory owned by Germans, at coal pits owned by Frenchmen, and at a chemical plant owned by Belgians. There I discovered something about capitalists. They are all alike, whatever the nationality. All they wanted from me was the most work for the least money that kept me alive. So I became a Communist." - Ники́та Серге́евич Хрущёв

    "Thanks for Playa Girón. Before the invasion, the revolution was weak. Now it's stronger than ever". - Che Guevara

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