Barbara Steele in The Butterfly Room

The Butterfly Room

December 23, 2015 Matt Blake 0

The Butterfly Room is a hodge-podge of genre references and clichés which – although decently made – has very little to say about present day Italy (partially because it follows the annoying recent trend of Italian films being shot and set in America).

The Playgirls and the Vampire

The Playgirls and the Vampire

December 20, 2015 Matt Blake 0

The Playgirls and the Vampire is a modest, but rather agreeable, entry in the Italian Gothic canon. Released in the same year as Mario Bava’s superlative Black Sunday, it has none of the bravado (or perverse undertones) of that production…

Metro Manila

Metro Manila

December 11, 2015 Matt Blake 0

Every so often a low budget British film comes along which manages to confound expectations; they get decent reviews, but at the same time cricits hold back on their praise because these are not films made in the Mike Leigh / Ken Loach / retro kitchen sink tradition.