[Here's what other people have contributed so far to the Italian Horror Blog-a-thon. Keep 'em coming...you can submit a piece anytime you'd like during the blog-a-thon's run. I will continue to update this on a daily basis so that it will be easy to find who has contributed and where you can find it. Everything will be in this one post organized by date. I will try to keep this updated at the top of the blog. All reviews written by me can be found below this post. Enjoy.]
Updated links after the jump...
Update: I have class from 8:30 until 3:45 today so if you send me a link to your post during that time trust that I'm not ignoring you...I will link to your review when I get home. However, my Oregon Ducks have a huge game against USC today at 5:00 (meaning I won't peel myself away from the television) and then I have a Halloween party at 7:30...sooo again, I promise I will post links when I get back from that. I just want to quickly say (and I'll wax poetic in a longer post) that I have been thrilled with the results of this blog-a-thon. It's been great to meet new lovers of the genre and have old friends contribute. I'll definitely be doing this again next year. Happy Halloween everyone!
Update #2: Check out the newly updated links below! Thanks for these amazing last minute entries, guys.
Jamie Uhler, one of this blogs nicest followers, has a wonderful post on Torso that is being featured and the equally wonderful Sam Juliano hosted Wonders in the Dark blog. Check it out.
Elgringo, author of the fabulous He Shot Cyrus blog, chimes in with some thoughts on Zombi 2.
And last but certainly not least is Dennis Cozzalio author of the amazing (and influential) blog Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule pens an exemplary essay on Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling, and some of the baggage that comes with a Fulci film.
Reviews are still coming in...I expect a few more updates today so keep checking back. A couple early one's for you, though. Chris Voss of the wonderful Celluloid Moon takes a look at one of my favorite Argetno films, Tenebre.
Also Jandy Stone of Rowthree.com checks in with her first attempts at the genre. I'm thrilled that so many people are introducing themselves to Italian horror because of this blog-a-thon. Jandy has some great thoughts up on Argento's Suspiria and Bava's The Mask of Satan. Check it out.
With just one day left in the blog-a-thon there are still some entries trickling in. Alec Pridgen (who has a picture of Reb Brown on his blog, so he's alright in my book) of the Mondo Bizarro blog has reviews up for Soavi's The Church and Argento's Phantom of the Opera.
Goregirl chimes in with some great thoughts on the classically named Black Belly of the Tarantula.
Samuel Wilson of the wonderful Mondo 70 blog (one of my favorites) gives his thoughts on the kinda-Italian horror/sleaze picture Delirium.
And finally my brother Troy is back from Italy and was inspired enough to write about the least Italian of Italian horror movies: Welcome to Spring Break by Umberto Lenzi. You have to check this review out...Troy has compiled some great stills and clips from the movie that will surely make you want to run out and get this movie. Plus it has Italian horror staple John Saxon! What more do you need? Get on over there and read about this so-bad-it's-good classic.
Roderick Heath co-contributor of one of my favorite daily stops, Ferdy on Films, contributes a fantastic review on Argento's brilliant Deep Red. Roderick and I share the same opinion on this particular Argento: it's his best film.
Another one of my favorite blogs is Antagony & Ecstasy, and if you've visited Tim's blog you know how prolific he is; but, what's even more impressive than the amount of work he produces is that there is an obvious care and craft that goes into each essay. Tim offers up his thoughts on what is considered the first (and most influential) horror film, I Vampiri. Check it out.
And finally today previous contributor Evil Dead Junkie has some thoughts on Bava's The Girl Who Knew Too Much.
Bob Turnbull of the extremely good Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind blog chimes in with some great capsule reviews.
Samuel Wilson of the fantastically entertaining Mondo 70 blog submits a piece on Pupi Avati's masterful and criminally underrated The House With Laughing Windows...easily one of the best Italian horror movies I've seen.
And thanks to my brother Troy there is a Youtube clip of Willy, the crazy caretaker of the sound stage in the movie Stage Fright. I mentioned in my review last Monday that you didn't want to miss Willy's delivery of the line "right between the eyes", and now it's online thanks to my brother. Check it out...it's pretty funny.
Neil of Agitation of the Mind makes it a hat trick as he covers the giallo The Case of the Bloody Iris.
Francisco Gonzalez chimes in with reviews for Soavi's Cemetery Man, Fulci's 8 1/2-esque A Cat in the Brain, and the famous Italian version of The Exorcist entitled Beyond the Door.
Jacob Burton of the B Movies Forever blog covers a couple of classics by also throwing his hat in the ring for The Case of the Bloody Iris, and Jacob also has some thoughts on Argento's seminal supernatural horror film Suspiria.
One of my favorite blogs The Basement of Ghoulish Decadence has a great entry up on Fulci's City of the Living Dead (a popular choice for this blog-a-thon).
And Michael Parent is back with some thoughts on Zombi 2.
Evil Dead Junkie, author of the wonderfully titled blog Things That Don't Suck, has a great review up for Fulci's gore classic City of the Living Dead.
One of my favorite blogs (maybe because Troll 2 is referenced in their banner) belongs to Tower Farm Reviews...two brothers who review horror movies (naturally Troy and I are trying to copy them with our blog Garbage Day), and back in September the brothers reviewed Lamerto Bava's bizarre horror film entitled Delirium. You have to check out the pics...just crazy.
Hans A. has been a good friend to this blog, and over at his site, Quiet Cool, he takes a look at an Exorcist rip off entitled Cries and Shadows. It wasn't uncommon at all for the Italian horror industry to latch onto whatever was trendy at the time. It's what killed Mario Bava's career. Check out Hans' submission.
Neil over at The Agitation of the Mind is back with another stellar contribution...this time it's for Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. Great stuff, Neil.
And last but not least today is Starmummy, author of the B Movies and Beyond blog...here are two links where you can find all of his wonderful and succinct reviews for Fulci and Argento. Enjoy.
J.D. of the always enjoyable Radiator Heaven tackles one of my favorite Italian zombie films, Michele Soavi's Cemetery Man.
Neil Fulwood author of The Agitation of the Mind gives Fulci's giallo Don't Torture a Ducking a look.
Erich Kuersten of Acidmeic Film has a wonderful piece on the style and allure we Italian fans love so much in a piece that looks to be a part of series entitled Bad Acid 70's-80's. Make sure to check it out.
Michael Parent of Le Mot du Cinephiliaque offers up his take on Argento's Suspiria.
Will Errickson author of Panic on the 4th of July has a post up on one of the seminal Italian horror films (and the one film that a lot people think was the catalyst for Italian horror becoming a pop culture phenomenon), Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters).
Chris Voss of Celluloid Moon has a write-up on Mario Bava's extremely influential Bay of Blood, which introduced to horror world to one of its favorite tropes: the dead teenager film.
Last but certainly not least is Samuel Wilson, a good friend to this blog, author of the always fascinating Mondo 70 film blog. He covers Lucio Fulci's finale to his Gates of Hell trilogy The House by the Cemetery. Check it out.
That's it for now. Keep the reviews coming, though. If you talked to me via email a few backs back I am still interested in you posting something for this. Just email it to me or leave the link here in the comments and I will make sure to link it up. I will continue to update this post.
- Director Retrospectives
- Dark Star
- Assault on Precinct 13
- Someone's Watching Me!
- The Fog
- Escape from New York
- The Thing
- Big Trouble in Little China
- Prince of Darkness
- They Live
- Memoirs of an Invisible Man
- Body Bags
- In the Mouth of Madness
- Village of the Damned
- Escape from LA
- Ghosts of Mars
- Masters of Horror
- The Ward
- They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
- Jeremiah Johnson
- The Way We Were
- The Yakuza
- Three Days of the Condor
- Bobby Deerfield
- The Electric Horseman
- Absence of Malice
- Out of Africa
- The Firm
- Random Hearts
- The Interpreter
- Women in Love
- The Devils
- The Music Lovers
- The Boy Friend
- Savage Messiah
- Altered States
- Crimes of Passion
- Lair of the White Worm
- Wall Street
- Talk Radio
- Born on the Fourth of July
- The Doors
- Heaven and Earth
- Natural Born Killers
- Italian Horror
A few notes about how I've cataloged the following: Directors are labeled under their most commonly known name (example: Aristide Massaccesi will be filed under Joe D'Amato). Films are listed under their most commonly known titles with other common alternate titles in parenthesis (example: City of the Living Dead (aka The Gates of Hell)).An Introduction to Italian Horror
The Beyond (Fulci)
Beyond the Darkness (D'Amato)
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (Argento)
A Blade in the Dark (L. Bava)
Blood and Black Lace (M. Bava)
Burial Ground (aka The Nights of Terror) (Bianchi)
Cannibal Apocalypse (Margheriti)
Cemetery Man (Soavi)
The Church (Soavi)
City of the Living Dead (aka The Gates of Hell) (Fulci)
Deep Red (Argento)
Graveyard Disturbance (L. Bava)
Mother of Tears (Argento)
Murder to the Tune of Seven Black Notes (aka The Psychic) (Fulci)
Nightmare City (Lenzi)
Opera (aka Terror at the Opera) (Argento)
The Perfume of the Lady in Black (Barilli)
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Miraglia)
Scorpion with Two Tails (Martino)
Seven Bloodstained Orchids (Lenzi)
The Sect (Soavi)
Stage Fright (aka Deliria) (Soavi)
Zombie Holocaust (aka Dr. Butcher M.D.) (Girolami)
- Summer of Slash
1. Just Before Dawn
2. Visiting Hours
3. Tourist Trap
4. Sleepaway Camp
5. Wolf Creek
6. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film
7. The House on Sorority Row
8. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
9. Alone in the Dark (1982)
10. The Funhouse
12. Slaughter High
13. Cheerleader Camp
14. He Knows You're Alone
15. The Boogeyman (1980)
16. Hell Night
17. Hitcher in the Dark
19. The Final Terror
20. Without Warning (1980)
21. The Burning
22. Nightmares in a Damaged Brain
24. Friday the 13th (1980)
25. Friday the 13th, Part 2
26. Friday the 13th, Part 3
27. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
28. Friday the 13th wrap-up (Parts 5-10)
- Top 100 Of The 2000s