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 […]

Kalahari calamari in Monsters: Dark Continent

Monsters: Dark Continent

March 3, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Monsters: Dark Continent got a bit of a pasting when it was released; inevitable, really, considering that it was a sequel to a film which both critics and audiences had taken an unexpected shine to.

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.

Napoleonic zombies in Fallen Soldiers

Fallen Soldiers

February 21, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Considering that the world and it’s dog (and even the dogs favorite stick) are bored to tears with Nazi zombie films, Fallen Soldiers does a neat trick by giving us, well… Napoleonic zombies

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.

A quieter than usual day on Brighton beach then... Darkest Day

Darkest Day

January 25, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Darkest Day answers one of those burning questions that’s at the heart of so many horror films today: what could possibly be worse than a global apocalypse?

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.