Gian Maria Volonte and incriminating paper trail in Todo Modo

Elio Petri: Todo Modo

March 28, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Elio Petri’s tendency towards obfuscation stepped up yet another gear with Todo modo (76), which is one of the strangest films ever made. Set in the near future, it delineates an Italian society that is run by a coalition between powerful industries, the ‘party’ and – above all – the Catholic Church.

No, not the American TV series, the Italian movie... Bloodline

Bloodline

March 13, 2017 Matt Blake 4

Director: Edo Tagliavini Writers: Mario Calamita, Virgilio Olivari,, Edo Tagliavini, Taiyo Yamanouchi Stars: Francesca Faiella, Virgilio Olivari, Marco Benevento Not content with merely harking back […]

The action reaches fever pitch in Esperienza...

Esperienza

February 26, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Although made for a preposterously small budget (just twenty thousand euros) and, well, nothing much happening for the entire running time, Francesco Vona’s Esperienza is one of the more effective Italian films that I have seen in recent years.

Ray Danton in Sandokan Fights Back

Sandokan Fights Back

February 15, 2017 Matt Blake 0

The short burst of 1960s ‘Sandokan’ films, based on Emilio Salgari’s most famous literary character, commenced with Umberto Lenzi’s Sandokan the Great (Sandokan, la tigre di Mompracem) in 1963. It proved enough of a moneymaker to spawn two unofficial sequels, produced by Ottavio Poggi for Liber Films and directed by Luigi Capuano, the first of which was Sandokan Fights Back.

Daisy Keeping in Neverlake

Neverlake

January 19, 2017 Matt Blake 0

It’s not often you come across the Etruscans in Italian films. There were a couple of giallos (The Etruscan Kills Again (72) and Murder in the Etruscan Cemetery (82)), but considering they were a civilization with a very distinct – and often macabre – set of beliefs, it’s surprising that they haven’t been used as cinematic source material more than they have.

Perennial bad guy Dan Van Husen in Reich of the Dead

Reich of the Dead

December 20, 2016 Matt Blake 0

Reich of the Dead is an Italian take on the nazi zombie format directed by genre specialists Luca Boni & Marco Ristori (their previous credits include Eaters and Zombie Massacre, to which this is sometimes marketed as a sequel despite having nothing to do with it at all).

Across the River

Across the River

December 14, 2016 Matt Blake 0

Across the River is very much a rural horror film, and it also happens to be one of the very best Italian genre releases for many a year (not, in all honesty, that there’s much competition).