John Cassavetes in Machine Gun McCain

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…

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)

A photo that makes Alien Exorcism look vaguely interesting... don't let it fool you.

Alien Exorcism

August 26, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Director: Varo Venturi Writers: Varo Venturi, M. Luisa Fusconi, Giacomo Mondadori Stars: Massimo Poggio, Laura Roman, Marina Kazankova Being a bit of an idiot, I […]

George Martin, Edd Byrnes and George Hilton in Red Blood Yellow Gold

Professionals for a Massacre

August 22, 2017 Matt Blake 1

Well, if you like Spanish actors playing ugly, insane Mexicans this is the film for you. Laughing maniacally with chicken gizzards dripping from their lips and stale tequila encrusted on their beards, this lot are the most sanitorially challenged bunch I’ve seen

Gil Roland shows his bedside manner in Any Gun Can Play

Any Gun Can Play

August 5, 2017 Matt Blake 1

aka Vado… l’ammazzo e torno (It), Je vais, je tire et je reviens (Fr), Leg ihn um, Django! (WG), Go Kill & Come Back (UK video), […]