Things are getting spooky in Colour from the Dark

Colour from the Dark

April 22, 2017 Matt Blake 0

With Colour from the Dark (2008), Ivan Zuccon adapted H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Colour Out of Space, which had also previously been filmed as Die, Monster, Die! in 1965 and The Curse in 1987.

George Hilton and Franco Nero in Massacre Time

Massacre Time

April 14, 2017 Matt Blake 2

A damned fine Spaghetti Western, Massacre Time contains all of the best ingredients to be found in the genre: machismo than teeters on the brim of absurdity, peculiar dubbing, bizarre characters, elliptical dialogue and a casual disregard for human life.

Rampant thuggery in Kidnapped to Mystery Island

Kidnapped to Mystery Island

April 8, 2017 Matt Blake 0

This was the third Emilio Salgari adaptation to be filmed by Luigi Capuano and produced by Ottavio Poggi for Liber Film and Eichberg in the mid sixties. This time, there was no Sandokan, with two subsidiary characters from the previous films – Yanez’s henchmen Tremel Naik and Kammamuri – elevated to the heroic roles.

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.