Articles by Matt Blake

Sod the zombies, it's the fashions that are scary in Return of the Evil Dead

Return of the Evil Dead

Over the years, Armando De Ossorio’s ‘Blind Dead’ series, of which this was the second entry (following Tombs of the Blind Dead and preceding Night of the Seagulls and The Ghost Galleon) has developed a sizeable cult following.


A film that proves the Italians can still make the most garish of exploitation films, MY LAI FOUR

My Lai Four

My Lai Four, an Italian war film from 2010 from the same team who bought you the, erm, classic Island of the Living Dead and Zombies: the Beginning. It’s not very good.





Salvo Randone in I giorni contati

Elio Petri: I giorni contati

Petri’s second film was I giorni contati (62), which again featured Salvo Randone. This time he plays Cesare, a plumber and widower who is riding home from work on the bus when it’s discovered that one of the passengers has died.


Marcello Mastroianni in The Assassin

Elio Petri: The Assassin

After making two shorts, Nasce un campione (54) and I sette contadini (59), Petri made his full debut with The Assassin (L’assassino, 61), based on a script co-written with Tonino Guerra (with whom he would later collaborate on several films).