Articles by Matt Blake

Shadow, directed by Federico Zampaglione


Shadow is one of the better Italian horror films to have emerged over the past few years. Within the context of a genre that is now generally characterized by stilted acting, implausible dialogue and an over-indebtedness to past glories it scores points for being modern, well made and believable (if not realistic).

Spooky goings on in Blackwood


Blackwood is the kind of tasteful, competent ghost story which would fit in comfortably with the assorted productions being made by the revived Hammer Films.

Dark Touch

Dark Touch

Dark Touch is a kind of ghost story which isn’t really a ghost story, a poltergeist movie with elements of Carrie thrown in for good luck.

Gian Maria Volonte in his normal restrained mode in The Working Class Goes to Heaven

Elio Petri: The Working Class Go To Heaven

Volonté and Petri joined forces again for 1971’s The Working Class Goes to Heaven and, impressively, they managed to concoct something that was even more hysterical than Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion.

George Hilton and Giovanni Vari shiver their timbers in The Masked Man Against the Pirates

The Masked Man Against the Pirates

The Masked Man Against the Pirates is a fairly standard pirate drama, fitting nicely alongside such titles as Roberto Mauri’s Flag of Death (I Pirata del diavolo, 63) and Don Sharp’s Pirates of Blood River (62).

Jemma Dallender, Joshua Dickinson, Nate Fallows in The Mirror

The Mirror

The 2014 film The Mirror is essentially a remake of From Beyond the Grave, a 1974 portmanteau film based on stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes.



Given the rather unpromising subject matter – a film about a haunted wardrobe, whoop-di-do – Fairytale, a 2012 film directed by Christian Bisceglia and Ascanio Malgarini, isn’t all that bad.