Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blog Announcement: Announcing the 4th Annual Italian Horror Blogathon



Ciao a tutti!

As many of you know, this time of the year marks a time of black-gloved killers, zombies, cannibals, and all kinds of Italian horror goodness here at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies. This is always the one thing I most look forward to (blogging-wise) during the year, and I cannot wait to share this space with all of you and your great entries once again. If last year was any indication, we should have a lot of entries for this year's blogathon as many of you have indicated that you're once again interested in participating. If that is the case, then please post the following information along with one of the banners (linking back to this blog) on your blog.

What: 4th Annual Italian Horror Blogathon
Where: Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies
When: October 24-31
Who: Anyone that wants to watch an Italian horror movie and write about it! (Seriously, you don't have to be some horror maven to participate.)
Why: Because it's fun! (Check out past years here, here, and here to get in the spirit)
How: Just watch an Italian horror film and write about it; any time during the blogathon send me the link either via email or the comments section, and I'll post it for all to see.


When the time comes for the blogathon, I'll have another post up with some instructions (it helps if you link to the blog in your post so that others can read what people are submitting) as well as having a main entry where you can post your links in the comments section (as in previous years, I'll keep an updated version of this on the top of the page with all of the latest links).  I'm always honored by the quantity and quality of the entries that I get, and I have no doubts, thanks to all of you, that this will be another successful year. So please join in the fun! If you have any questions about what to watch and write about, ask in the comments. I'm always happy to offer suggestions.

Below are the blog banners (I've added more for this year as I've updated some of the banners from earlier blogathons) that I'll hope you'll put on your blogs to help promote this thing. Also, I am posting a link to an Italian horror "primer" of sorts -- a very crude and rudimentary attempt at offering some kind of introduction to the subgenre for the uninitiated -- I did last year that attempts to cover a lot of what I find interesting and special about this particular subgenre (it's definitely not complete considering the fact that I really wish I would have mentioned the importance of music/sound in Italian horror). Until then, Buona visione!

Link to Italian Horror: A Primer can be found here.

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20 comments

  1. Hey Kevin,

    Seeing as it was the blog-a-thon of two years ago that gave me the initial push to start blogging (though I've frankly sucked when it comes to keeping mine regularly updated since), I'm hugely looking forward to taking part again this year.

    After a couple of extended 'wilderness periods' I've been bitten again by the blogging bug in a major way as of late. Plus, the last two years has given me plenty of chance to considerably widen my knowledge and deepen my appreciation of the weird and wonderful world of Italian horror and gialli, so I can't wait to share some of what I've discovered/enjoyed with you and all the groovy readers/fellow bloggers out there.

    I'll be sure to post a banner and some details about the whole thing on my blog when I get a spare second.

    All the best :)

    Simon

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    1. Wow. Thanks for those kind words, Simon! Thanks for your interest in the blogathon. I look forward to reading your entry!

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  2. Hot dog! As always, I'll be poking my nose in later in the 'thon, because of how busy I'll be through that first weekend. I've had a plan for what I want to review for a couple of weeks now (skewing a little bit mainstream this time - if "mainstream" and "Italian horror" can be thought of together in the first place), so I'm already pretty excited to get going with it.

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    1. Wonderful. I can't wait! Good luck with the Chicago International Film Festival. I always love reading those capsules, and I always appreciate that you make time for this considering the commitment to the film festival at the beginning of the month. See ya around the 24th.

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  3. I've been reading Tim's Blogathon posts for quite some time now and I decided to finally buck up and participate this year. You have my support!

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    1. Great news, Brennan! Looking forward to your contribution.

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  4. Wooooooo!
    Definitely taking part again this year.

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    1. Awesome. I really appreciated your enthusiasm last year. Looking forward to more of your contributions.

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  5. This is an AMAZING blogathon and I love every year you've hosted!

    And this year, I am going to do what I have to do to treat your 'thon right. (It's become a bit of a running gag for me to promise to do Orgasmo (aka Paranoia), then have something catastrophic happen and me unable to finish the post.) So (a) enormous, heartfelt apologies for the last two years, and (b) I'm going to try again, and get it right this time.

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    1. Oh, Stacia, you and Lenzi just might not be meant to be. Hehe. It will be a monumental occasion for this blogathon when I can finally link to your piece on Orgasmo! Hehe. All kidding aside, I always appreciate your support for this blogathon. I know that you and Tim bring a lot of eyeballs to this blog that would otherwise not look this way. So thanks! And I can't wait for your contribution this year!

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  6. Do co-productions shot in Italy count? For example Vincent Price in "The Last Man on Earth", which is credited as an Italian/American production, but is shot in Rome, I believe.

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    1. Sure, Lee. It works for me. Others have done Spanish/Italian or German/Italian co-productions for this thing in the past, so go for it! Looking forward to it!

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  7. I am dying to get the name of the movies included in the banners: I see StageFright and The Beyond but I cannot really make the others, please somebody put me out of my misery and tell me the name of those movies.

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    1. In order:

      Top -- Inferno
      1 -- Bay of Blood
      2 -- The Girl Who Knew Too Much
      3 -- Torso
      4 -- Virus (aka Hell of the Living Dead/Zombie Creeping Flesh)

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    2. Oh, the names of the images :) Now I see torso, the girl how knew too much and bay of blood

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    3. Great! Thanks Kevin, incredible that after seeing all of them I couldn't get the names.

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    4. I'm checking in at the Slaughter Hotel

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  8. I missed last year but did one the year before, totally in again this year :D

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    1. Awesome, Aaron! I'm looking forward to it!

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