It’s fair to say that there’s not a great deal of plot in Morning Star, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Instead its a traditional quest story which is stripped down to the bare minimum and then given a supernatural slant.
Although it’s not of the same level of the jump that, say, Johannes Roberts made between Forest of the Damned (2005) and F (2010), Judy (2014) still marks a considerable improvement over both Emanuele De Santi’s previous film Adam Chaplin (2011) and the other productions previously put together by the Necrostorm production company
Marco Ristori and Luca Boni appear to consider themselves modern day successors to Lucio Fulci, the Italian maestro behind zombie classics such as The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and The House By the Cemetary.
One of the more notable features of Italian horror films in recent years is just how unpleasant they have become. Not just in terms of the production values, which are often, how to put it… raw. But also in their subject matter: there seems to be a concerted focus on extreme violence and, more particularly, extreme sexual violence
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…
Here’s an instructive film. Saverio Costanzo’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers is based on the hugely popular novel of the same name by physicist and writer Paolo Giordano.