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A Blade in the Dark (1980s Italian Slasher Splatter)

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A Blade in the Dark (1980s Italian Slasher Splatter)

  At the beginning of the 1980s, a violent New Wave of Italian splatter began washing up on these shores. Thanks to the international success of the work of Dario Argento, enterprising distribution houses were taking stabs at bringing Eurohorror to the plebes. Before disappearing into a mess of TV movies and bad rehashes of past glories, Lamberto Bava’s flame shone brightly as an emerging new force in Pasta Land. A Blade in the Dark (aka The House with the Dark Staircase), when viewed today, stands tall […]

Primal Rage (Giallo Bio-Horror)

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Primal Rage (Giallo Bio-Horror)

  At the tail end of the 1980s, the Italian horror business was in crisis mode. Argento had fled after Opera for an attempt at grabbing the brass ring of a career in America. Fulci had taken ill and his sporadic output suffered as a result. Lamberto Bava never fulfilled his early promise and Michele […]

Phenomena (Italian Psychic Power Insect Horror)

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Phenomena (Italian Psychic Power Insect Horror)

  Dario Argento is a legend for many reasons, a director with a body of work most directors would kill for. While his work of recent memory has been scattershot at best, there’s no denying that he was on a tear from Deep Red until possibly The Stendhal Syndrome (some would say Opera). Today, we’re […]