Ray Danton in Sandokan Fights Back

Sandokan Fights Back

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

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

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.


A little homage to Dario Argento's Creepers in The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy

At some point in the mid 1970s, narrative became king in cinema. The lyrical, semi-improvised and let’s be quite honest self-indulgent European art cinema made way for more muscular, focused productions from the likes of Scorsese and Coppola.


Perennial bad guy Dan Van Husen in Reich of the Dead

Reich of the Dead

Reich of the Dead is an Italian take on the nazi zombie format directed by genre specialists Luca Boni & Marco Ristori (their previous credits include Eaters and Zombie Massacre, to which this is sometimes marketed as a sequel despite having nothing to do with it at all).


Across the River

Across the River

Across the River is very much a rural horror film, and it also happens to be one of the very best Italian genre releases for many a year (not, in all honesty, that there’s much competition).


Given the complete lack of any images of this film, here's a picture of dapper George Hilton in more recent years

The Black Pirate

Aka Il corsaro nero nell’isola del tesoro 1965 Seven Film, S.P.A Director: Dean Vert [Vertunnio De Angelis] Story: Dino Sant’Ambrogio Screenplay: Aldo Barni [Aldo Barui] Cinematography: Antonio Belviso {Eastmancolor} Music: Felice Di Stefano Editor: Mariano Arditi…