Reviews

Things are getting odd... in Elio Petri's I maestro di Vigevano

Elio Petri: The Teacher of Vigevano

Petri’s next film was The Teacher of Vigevano (Il maestro di Vigevano,63), another intimate, black and white chamber-piece, which plays rather like a retread – albeit an even more pessimistic retread – of I giorni contato.

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Andrew Squires walks his manor in Heretic

Heretic

Heretic is the latest priest-sploitation film to cross my path, a no-budget 2012 release which generated a number of plaudits among genre aficionados when it played on the festival circuit and was released on DVD.


Alice Englert begins to feel In Fear

In Fear

It’s one of the oldest ideas for a horror film there is: getting a couple of characters who have a less than perfect relationship, shutting them in a car in the middle of nowhere and then pitting them against a psychotic killer.


Sod the zombies, it's the fashions that are scary in Return of the Evil Dead

Return of the Evil Dead

Over the years, Armando De Ossorio’s ‘Blind Dead’ series, of which this was the second entry (following Tombs of the Blind Dead and preceding Night of the Seagulls and The Ghost Galleon) has developed a sizeable cult following.


A film that proves the Italians can still make the most garish of exploitation films, MY LAI FOUR

My Lai Four

My Lai Four, an Italian war film from 2010 from the same team who bought you the, erm, classic Island of the Living Dead and Zombies: the Beginning. It’s not very good.