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* Dementia 13 – The first feature film directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 11 February 2012

Dementia 13 (1963)  Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather (1972), Apocalypse Now (1979), Youth Without Youth (2007)), starring William Campbell (Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)), Luana Anders (Night Tide (1961), That Cold Day in the Park (1969)) and Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975)).  Dementia 13, a horror thriller, and the first feature film directed by the immense Francis Ford Coppola, is, at best, at pseudo-quasi-Hitchcockian psychological thriller, with a screenplay, written by Coppola, that is extraordinarily fragmented, if not desperately lost in its loose ends.  Nevertheless, as Coppola’s first feature directorial effort, at the very least, and thanks to some wonderfully moody directing of scenes in an ancient, and haunted, Scottish castle, and a clear feel for the building of psycho-thriller tension, Dementia 13 is a must-see for any fan of Coppola, B-movie psychology, or, in fact, kitsch. Perhaps the promotional film poster says it all. (PR)

See our post on the film Youth Without Youth, written, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola.

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* From Dusk till Dawn – Starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino & Juliette Lewis, directed by Robert Rodriguez

Posted by the editors on Monday, 6 February 2012

From Dusk till Dawn (1996)  Directed by Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror (2007), Predators (2010)), written by Quentin Tarantino and starring George ClooneyHarvey KeitelQuentin TarantinoJuliette Lewis and Salma Hayek.  From Dusk till Dawn starts out as film about two criminals, portrayed by Clooney and a deranged Taratino, on the run, after a bank robbery, with a hostage in tow, and, somehow, once across the border and into Mexico, morphs into a rip-snorting horror film, still with Clooney and Tarantino, but with the addition of a rather subdued Harvey Keitel, and, as his daughter, Juliette Lewis, not to mention a rather sizzling, and dangerous, Salma Hayek.  The first part of From Dusk till Dawn is sharp, cynical, nasty, violent and really not bad; in the second part, well, yes, all hell breaks loose, literally, and though there are, as one would expect from a Rodriguez/Tarantino collaboration, abundant, and seriously gruesome goings-on, the film loses its edge and drags on.  Definitely not a film for everyone, especially not children, From Dusk Till Dawn nevertheless is worth viewing if one is a fan of Tarantino, or Rodriguez, and of truly nasty, body-part, horror, and to see George Clooney in a film that, in the end, one would be hard-pressed to believe he ever acted in. (PR)

See our posts on the film Predators, directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Adrien Brody, and the films The Americanstarring George Clooney, and Mean Streets, starring Harvey Keitel.

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The Wolfman – Starring Benicio del Toro & Anthony Hopkins

Posted by the editors on Friday, 20 January 2012

The Wolfman (2010) Directed by Joe Johnston (Jumanji (1995), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), starring  Benicio del Toro (21 Grams (2003), Che (2008))Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Remains of the Day (1993), Meet Joe Black (1998))Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Adjustment Bureau (2011)) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix (1999), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)), with Geraldine Chaplin.  In this remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney classic The Wolfman, Benicio del Toro, all gloomy sorrow, portrays an actor, who, when investigating his brother’s brutal death, is bitten by a dreadful beast, a werewolf, of course, who has been marauding around the wonderfully gothic dark and foggy moors.  In his turn, naturally enough, del Toro himself becomes a werewolf and rampages through the countryside, and London, wreaking havoc.  Anthony Hopkins, portraying del Toro’s father, is coldly malevolent and himself a werewolf as well.  The make-up, as one might expect, plays a crucial role, and in fact won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, though some may prefer the more snout-y appearance of the werewolf in the film An American Werewolf in London directed by John Landis, which also won an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup.  Benicio del Toro, does make a rather good wolfman, though, frankly, his portrayal of the famous stage actor, in a production of Hamlet, no less, is honestly cringe-worthy, and his accent throughout the film is shaky at best.  Nevertheless, The Wolfman will most likely please those who enjoy gothic horror. (PR)

See our posts on the films Traffic and The Pledge, both with Benicio del Toro.

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Gozu (Gokudō kyōfu dai-gekijō: Gozu)

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Gozu, Miike Takashi Yakuza Horror Theatre Poster

Gozu (Gokudō kyōfu dai-gekijō: Gozu) (DVD) (2003) Directed by Takashi Miike (Thirteen Assassins, (2010), and the very soon to be released Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, (2011)), which will premier at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival), starring Hideki Sone, Show Aikawa and others.  To begin with it is quite probably important to know that the title in Japanes translates, in English, to: “Grand Theatre of Perversion and Fear: Cow’s Head“.  That having been said, one is certainly less surprised to witness the series of rather bizarre scenes, interspersed with elements of what at least on the surface appears to be a yakuza thriller, that make up Gozu.  There is, admittedly, a bit of perversion, and a bit of fear, and, yes, a cow’s head, amongst other…curiosities. (PR)

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Martin Scorcese: The 11 Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 29 October 2009

Now that many of us here have mysteriously turned our collective clocks back one hour thus welcoming the dark of night at a frightfully early hour, and with a nod towards holiday marketing, filmmaker Martin Scorcese has shared with us his list of the eleven scariest horror movies of all time, to be viewed, preferably, while one is alone in a large, dark, unfamiliar house.

You’re certain to recognize some of the titles, others perhaps not.  Here’s the list: 1)The Haunting; 2)Isle of the Dead; 3)The Univited; 4)The Entity; 5)Dead of Night; 6)The Changeling; 7)The Shining; 8)The Exorcist; 9)Night of the Demon; 10)The Innocents and, naturally, 11)Psycho. 

Surprised?  Startled?  Aghast?  Well, the inimitable Daily Beast has all the gory details, including clips from each of the films.  What more could one ask for?

“11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time”, by Martin Scorcese, in the Blogs & Stories section of The Daily Beast.

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