Gloria Paul in The Two Sons of Ringo

The Two Sons of Ringo

May 5, 2017 Matt Blake 1

I due figli di Ringo finds popular Italian comedy due Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia in a very silly parody of For a Few Dollars More, complete with all the expected slapstick routines, humorous misadventures and excessive face pulling

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.