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10 Best Italian crime films, 1945 – 1969

October 15, 2017 Matt Blake 0

It’s been a couple of years now since I published In the Name of the Law, my book about Italian crime films prior to the poliziotteschi trend, but here’s a little bit of content I wrote for it which never made it into the final cut… my top ten Italian crime films made between 1945 and 1969.

George Hilton in A Moment to Kill

The Moment to Kill

October 10, 2017 Matt Blake 1

This was the first in a number of collaborations between George Hilton and director Giuliano Carnimeo (if one excludes the uncertain input that Carnimeo had in I due figli di Ringo, that is). An exemplary example of the wheels-within-wheels school of scriptwriting…

Fascinating stuff in Silverhide

Silverhide

October 5, 2017 Matt Blake 0

There’s been a bit of a resurgence in British werewolf movies recently. Over the past year or two we’ve had the likes of Howl and Blood Moon, both of which were reasonably effective, and Silverhide, which quite frankly is not.

La casa nel vento dei morti

La casa nel vento dei morti

September 30, 2017 Matt Blake 0

There’s more than a hint of Pupi Avati about La casa nel vento dei morti, the 2012 release directed by Francesco Campanini. It’s not just the title, with it’s deliberate echoes of La casa dalle finestre che ridono…

Van Heflin and Gil Roland in The Ruthless Four

The Ruthless Four

September 25, 2017 Matt Blake 2

Here’s a neat little film that encapsulates just about everything that’s good about the Spaghetti Western. There’s a twisty, no-nonsense script (by the reliable Fernando Di Leo and Augusto Caminito, who also collaborated on the twisty, no-nonsense Poker With Pistols)

Boring boring, boring... The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

September 8, 2017 Matt Blake 0

OK boys and girls, time for another found footage horror movie. Hey ho, whoop di do and hip hip hoo-sodding-ray, just what the world needs, another found footage horror movie.

Unhappy families in The Dark Valley

The Dark Valley

September 3, 2017 Matt Blake 2

Andreas Prochaska’s The Dark Valley has picked up a grand total of twenty five awards and five additional nominations since its release in 2014, as well as being the Austrian entry for the Oscar that year. So why is it, you have to ask, that it didn’t receive any kind of cinematic release in the UK…