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441 - Full Film.

Posted 8th November 2011 at 04:13 PM by Philleh

Hey guys,

I've uploaded our first short film; it was made for only £5.99 - believe me, it shows - by a bunch of first timers who didn't know a thing about filmmaking and was basically a filmschool for us and we learnt a lot from the mistakes we made (no script, lighting, or sound being but a few!).

Anyways, take a look if you have a spare 10mins and let me know what you think.

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Hope you enjoy it!
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Trailer: 441 (Short)

Posted 12th September 2011 at 05:11 PM by Philleh
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I’ve been gone for awhile but like any horror villain worth his salt, I’m baaaaack!

This year I’ve been on a mission to make a short film, with no money and even less experience! The finished product is very nearly done and I decided to take a stab at making a trailer for it – which is a science in itself!

Anyway’s the trailer is a little ropey, and I’m going to try and hone my trailer skills; but please take a look at what I’ve done and all...
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Nature Amok!

Posted 3rd September 2010 at 09:29 AM by Philleh

To celebrate the upcoming release of Burning Bright, I've written a little piece on the Nature Amok genre I so dearly love!

Enjoy!

Nature Amok!

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So Sweet, So Dead (1972)

Posted 12th May 2010 at 07:04 AM by Philleh

Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile.
Camera Obscura.

Roberto Bianchi Montero, father to the infamous Mario Bianchi, has gone somewhat unsung in the digital age. Whereas his spawn has gone on to achieve some notoriety, Bianchi senior has still yet to find his place in Euro-cult history. Born in Rome on the 7th December 1907, Montero made his directorial debut; as Roberto Bianchi, in 1943 with comedy Gli assi della risata. A jack of all trades, Montero...
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My Blog can now be found...

Posted 27th March 2010 at 12:52 PM by Philleh

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Hope you all enjoy it.
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Left Bank (Linkeroever - 2008)

Posted 23rd November 2009 at 03:35 PM by Philleh
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My review of the recent Belgian shocker, Left Bank, is now up over at Lovelock&load!

Go get reading and tell us what you thought of the movie!

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Thirst (Bakjwi - 2009)

Posted 14th November 2009 at 04:20 PM by Philleh

Thirst (Bakjwi - 2009)
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The vampire genre, as we all know, has arisen from its coffin once again – thanks, some may say, to a Mormon. Though I don’t see Twilight as the saviour of the genre, I like to think Alan Ball and his excellent adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series, True Blood, is the saving grace behind the re-birth. It’s the anti-Twilight in everyway, and everything vampirism should be; dark, brooding, dangerous and sexual – not sparkly...
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Terror Express (La Regazza del Vagone Letto - 1979)

Posted 12th November 2009 at 03:20 PM by Philleh

Terror Express (La Regazza del Vagone Letto - 1979)
Camera Obscura

Terror Express is a late-comer to the rape/revenge genre that was launched by Wes Craven’s sadistic Last House on the Left, but it’s also one of the sleaziest, scrap that, possibly the sleaziest; though that really isn’t that shocking when you realise it’s from the same mind that conjured up such classy titles as Porno Holocaust and Erotic Nights of the Living Dead - Luigi Montefiori (A.K.A George Eastman)....
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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Posted 6th November 2009 at 03:58 PM by Philleh

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
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The Slasher genre is no stranger to controversy, but there was one film that went a little too far with its seasonal slaughter – 1984s Silent Night, Deadly Night. Halloween had been done, Valentine’s Day had been done, Birthdays had been done, hell Christmas had already been done, repeatedly, but people didn’t seem to pay much mind to Black Christmas or Christmas Evil. Silent Night, Deadly Night however, struck a chord with its...
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Tormented (2009)

Posted 9th October 2009 at 12:25 PM by Philleh

Tormented (2009)
Pathé

Justine is the head girl of her school, and as part of the role she is called to give a speech at the funeral of fellow student Darren Mullet; who has recently committed suicide. Jason, Darren’s only friend, is outraged as Justine didn’t actually know him and has an outburst during the ceremony and is violently tossed out by the schools PE teacher. After the ceremony the ‘it’ kids decide to throw a party, Alexis has a crush on Justine and decides to invite...
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Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Posted 8th October 2009 at 11:45 AM by Philleh

Jennifer’s Body (2009)
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Megan Fox, or to be more specific Megan Fox’s derrière, is the only logical reason I can find to explain the success of Michael Bay’s Transformer franchise, it sure as shit wasn’t the clever plotting, witty dialogue and mesmerising performances that launched those movies to box-office glory; surely? Then we have Juno, a small Indie movie that contains witty dialogue and mesmerising performances, it lacked Megan Fox’s derrière but still went...
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Manhunt (Rovdyr - 2008)

Posted 16th September 2009 at 10:48 AM by Philleh

Manhunt (Rovdyr - 2008)
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Norway, 1974. Four youngsters are on the road, prepping for a camping trip deep in a beautiful, vast Norwegian forest. They stop off in Hicksville for some gas and a quick meal, while there they pick up a frightened hitchhiker while drawing attention from the rather aggressive locals. A small altercation later and the group are stranded in the middle of nowhere, the locals show up but are less than helpful; the group now have to fight for...
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Grace (2009)

Posted 9th September 2009 at 04:02 PM by Philleh

Grace (2009)
Anchor Bay/Starz

Michael and Madeline Matheson are happily married and trying for a baby. Live is good and plans are coming to fruition, when doctors announce that Madeline is pregnant the couple are ecstatic. Michael’s wealthy family hold a meal for the parents-to-be, it’s evident that his dominant mother, Vivian, is bitter at Madeline and is envious at her forthcoming motherhood. The evening ends in a fight, but worse is yet to come; on the way home the couple...
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Let the Right One In (2008)

Posted 19th August 2009 at 09:20 AM by Philleh

Let the Right One In (2008)
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Stockholm, 1982. Oskar, a bullied twelve-year-old, dreams of getting revenge on the classmates who terrorise him. One night he meets his new neighbour, Eli, outside their apartment block. She’s his age, more or less, and a friendship blossoms as they continue to meet up on the jungle gym at night. With the arrival of Eli and her guardian, Håkan, comes news of a death in a near-by suburb, the boy was found hanging upside down from a tree,...
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Antichrist (2009)

Posted 11th August 2009 at 03:18 PM by Philleh

Antichrist (2009)
Artificial Eye

A simple act of self-indulgence has shattering consequences for a middle-class couple. He (Willem Dafoe) and She (Charlotte Gainsberg) loose their young son, Nic, while they make love. While they are caught up in each other, we witness as their son climbs up onto a window ledge and walks off, falling to his death. She climaxes at the point of impact/her sons demise.

Grief stricken, She is almost on the verge of a breakdown, so...
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To Be Twenty (Avere Vent’anni - 1978)

Posted 10th July 2009 at 02:08 PM by Philleh

To Be Twenty is a cautionary tale of two young, liberated, free-spirited women who spend their days looking for somewhere to crash, someone to **** and to generally act like spoilt little brats, until a run-in with a group of thugs turns this apparent light hearted tale into a nasty slice of Euro-slime – if you watch the Italian cut of the movie, that is. If you watch the American cut it’s a fun, care-free sex comedy! How can one film vary so dramatically?

The Italian cut is the...
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Breaking News

Posted 8th July 2009 at 03:03 PM by Philleh

Why do the media (and the public) love tragedy? Nothing gets the papers selling, or the viewing figures soaring, like a good ol’ siege! How about a healthy dose of genocide? Or maybe a mother who decided to murder her own children? Or the disgruntled employee who decided that enough was enough and takes his friend, AK-47, to the office one day? Each story is guaranteed to sell, sell, sell. Whatever happened to the good old days of covering cat shows and water skiing squirrels?

Johnnie...
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Deadgirl

Posted 8th July 2009 at 08:54 AM by Philleh

American Indie cinema has enjoyed something of a resurgence recently. Films like The Hamiltons, Girl Next Door and, more recently, Grace have proven that there is no shortage of talent in the states. Daring filmmakers, who are willing to lead their audience down unexpected and often perverse paths; willing to push the envelope of decency, in the name of originality. Be it stillborn zombie babies or pre-pubescent rapists, there’s no denying that this new breed of horror creators are willing to offend...
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Happy End

Posted 7th July 2009 at 10:23 AM by Philleh

Korean cinema has a plethora of unsung masterpieces that deserve a wider release. Films like Friend (Chingu), Oasis and Peppermint Candy seemed to have lingered in distribution purgatory until recently, with few films like Memories of Murder and Save the Green Planet being able to find the audience they rightly deserve. One movie that more than deserves its title as one of Korean new-waves greatest achievements is Happy End.

It’s the rarest of art-house feats, a film that doesn’t...
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Daddy's Girl

Posted 7th July 2009 at 08:56 AM by Philleh

Nina (Jamie Winstone) has issues, lots and lots of issues. Ever since witnessing her father overdose on skag, resulting in her having to remain alone with the corpse for a weekend, she has developed a severe case of Reinfield Syndrome. Psychologist Steven (Richard Harrington) has issues, lots and lots of issues. Having suffered the lose of his model wife, who took her own life, he see’s a shot of cleaning away his inner demons by helping Nina get over her little blood lust.

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Above the Law (Righting Wrongs)

Posted 7th July 2009 at 08:25 AM by Philleh

80’s Hong Kong cinema holds a very special place in my heart. If it weren’t for this little Island my love for Asian cinema would likely be non-existent today. Back in ‘the day’ of my sweet, sweet childhood (early 90’s, which probably isn’t most peoples ‘day’ to be fair), discovering the joys of Way of the Dragon and Dragons Forever are truly some of the highlights of my younger days. Then came John Woo and the heroic bloodshed scene, I remember being blown away by Bullet in the Head, A Better Tomorrow...
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Black House

Posted 7th July 2009 at 07:45 AM by Philleh

Based on the Japanese novel by Yûsuke Kishi, the film stars Hwang Jeong-min (A Bittersweet Life) as Jeon Jun-oh; a former banker who has just started work as an insurance investigator. He receives a call, on his first day, from a woman asking if it’s possible to claim on her life insurance policy if suicide is the cause of death. He breaks the company’s golden rule of exposing personal details to a client and informs her of a tragic moment from his past that involved suicide; she thanks him and...
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Masters of Giallo - The first three!

Posted 2nd June 2009 at 09:13 AM by Philleh

Hey all, Wildside have the skinny on the latest releases from Masters of Giallo... What're you waiting for? Get reading!

Lucio Fulci's House by the Cemetary:

Home is where the entrails are! Lucio Fulci’s intestine splattered homage to the works of H. P. Lovecraft is as intriguing, and as shocking, now as it was nearly 30 years ago. Norman Boyle (Malco) has been assigned the task of finding out what led the titular home’s previous inhabitant, Dr. Fruedstein, to murder...
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The Sinful Dwarf

Posted 7th May 2009 at 02:53 PM by Philleh

The Sinful Dwarf. Quiet the title isn’t it? The Sinful Dwarf. It’s a title you can repeat over an over again, your brain bombarding you with images of what you could possibly bare witness to during the movie. With each mention of the title, the more graphic and perverse the image. With such self-hype, can the finished product ever compete with your perverted little minds? Highly doubtful, but to the creators credit, they certainly went all out in trying!

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Broken

Posted 7th May 2009 at 11:42 AM by Philleh

The most common term used by fans to describe their feelings towards the majority of independent horror is “IT HAD POTENTIAL”. That’s not exactly a statement that makes you want to run out and rent/buy the product is it? Adam Mason is a man who knows a lot about ‘potential’. After making two shockingly substandard horror movies, The 13th Sign and Dust respectively, he was stuck in music video purgatory for his assault on horror fans senses. During this time he clearly learnt a great deal about how...
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Antarctic Journal

Posted 6th May 2009 at 03:17 PM by Philleh

How can I describe my love for Kong Sang-ho? The poster I have of him in my living room doesn’t do it justice. He is, for me, one of the greatest actors working in the world - period. He comes from the same theatre troupe that gave us the equally talented Choi Min-Shik (Old Boy), who’s finally finished protesting for the treatment theatre actors receive from the big boys in the Korean film industry: He stopped acting for some time, so it’s great to actually have him start acting again – even if...
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A Bittersweet Life

Posted 6th May 2009 at 01:23 PM by Philleh

Oh boy, oh boy! Nothing gets the old Johnson up faster than a great Korean flick. Sad, I know! But what ya’ gonna do? I’m sure I’m not the only poor bastard with this affliction: It’s the power of Cinema I tells ya’!

There is no other country on the planet that has such an amazing output of QUALITY movies that South Korea has – fact!

When Ji-woon Kim made the horror community collectively jizz itself with his 2003 frightener A Tale of Two Sisters, few could argue that...
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Save the Green Planet

Posted 5th May 2009 at 02:18 PM by Philleh

Do aliens exist? Chances are, with the millions of planets throughout space, they do. Earth cannot be the only planet out there able to accommodate some sort of life form, it can’t. It’s a simple logic that will not be proven fact for many, many generations I’m sure. Unless some crazy ass V style alien invasion happens anytime soon… but I can’t see that happening, unfortunately.

So what if God never existed and the real reason we are here is because of ancient aliens? (No, I’m not...
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Cat in the Brain

Posted 30th April 2009 at 11:59 PM by Philleh

My review of Lucio Fulci's gore-opus is up over at Wildside.

Veteran filmmaker, Lucio Fulci, is haunted by the crimes he’s committed – on celluloid! Visions of graphic murder are consuming him and driving him to the brink of insanity; murders that he shot for his movies and for his audience. When reports of a real-life serial killer hit the news, Fulci seeks the help of psychiatrist, Egon Schwarz, but the professor has other designs for poor old Lucio… Deadly designs, in which Il...
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Baba Yaga: The Final Cut

Posted 30th April 2009 at 11:55 PM by Philleh
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My review of Shameless Screen Entertainment's latest DVD is up at Wildside.

Valentina Rosselli (Isabella de Funés), narrowly escapes getting mowed down by a swank limousine while returning from a party. The owner of the limo is Baba Yaga (Carroll Barker), an older woman who is instantly smitten by the young Valentina. It turns out that Baba is actually an ancient witch, who digs women – and she wants Valentina. When she is rejected by the young fashion photographer, the hag places...
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Memories of Murder

Posted 30th April 2009 at 09:07 PM by Philleh

Memories of Murder: Death of a Nation’s Innocence.

Bong Joon-ho’s 2003 masterpiece, Memories of Murder (Salinui Chueok) may not be held in such high regard with international audiences as, say, Park Chan-wook’s teeth-pulling, hammer-time classic Old Boy; which was released the same year and would go on to earn many, many awards on the international festival-circuit but in its homeland, it was Memories of Murder that was the smash-hit; drawing wayward of five-million admissions and...
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The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael

Posted 27th April 2009 at 01:54 PM by Philleh

Aaah, the United Kingdom. Home of football hooligans, happy slapping and indeed daisy chaining! If you are yet to hear of the latter then you should be chuffed to be living in a society that has some sort of control over its youth. Few British films in recent times have had the giblets to portray Britain as it is: preferring to revel in a cinematic bubble of Richard Curtis productions or Guy Richie clones. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael is about to change that… Welcome to the jungle....
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Sleepless (Non Ho Sonno)

Posted 27th April 2009 at 01:20 PM by Philleh

Before Non Ho Sonno (A.K.A Sleepless A.K.A I Can’t Sleep), Dario Argento was suffering some serious verbal abuse from both fans and critics after the catastrophe that was Phantom of the Opera (1998). Few people will disagree with me when I say that it truly was the lowest point of his career. Some have said that since Opera Dario has been in an ever declining spiral, with failure after failure that began with his collaboration with George A. Romero on Two Evil Eyes. Argento-lite effort Trauma, which...
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Convoy Busters

Posted 27th April 2009 at 11:41 AM by Philleh

“Macho, macho man! I want to be a macho man!”

The ‘poliziottesco’ genre couldn’t have asked for a more fitting song. With big tough men, often sporting gloriously oversized moustache’s and even bigger guns, strut around most major Italian cities making up their own laws and following their own rules. It’s a genre that contains more immorality than a whore house in Mexico, and that’s just the Police force!

Tough guys like Franco Nero, Maurizio Merli and Fabio Testi made...
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Jungle Holocaust (Ultimo mondo cannibale)

Posted 27th April 2009 at 10:56 AM by Philleh

Ruggero Deodato, along with Sergio Martino, are both anomalies in the Italian exploitation stable of directors. They stick to genre films and follow the rules as gospel: Gore, T&A and cheese are requirements that are not to be omitted from any of their movies. Where they differ from the likes of Umberto Lenzi or Bruno Mattei (R.I.P) is that they bring a level of intelligence that you would expect to find in Argento’s, Soavi’s of even Fulci’s best works. Anyone who has seen Deodato’s Cannibal...
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Eaten Alive (Mangiati Vivi)

Posted 24th April 2009 at 03:26 PM by Philleh

Umberto Lenzi could be the man responsible for both the creation and the destruction of the Italian cannibal cycle. If it wasn’t for his 1972 effort Deep River Savages (A.K.A Man from Deep River) it’s likely we wouldn’t have had the genre’s crown jewel, Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust. Lenzi would go on to make the infamous Cannibal Ferox in 1981, that takes all the extreme elements of Deodato’s classic, but leaves the intelligence of that film behind, resulting in a truly offensive watch....
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Salo: 120 Days of Sodom

Posted 24th April 2009 at 02:52 PM by Philleh

The story of libertine filmmaker, Pier Paolo Pasolini, is almost as fascinating as his final work. He was considered one of the most dangerous men in Italy and his work was feared by the powers that be. His films were headache enough, but he was also a renowned poet, journalist, script writer and author. When you add all that up, he proved to be a major pain in their backside. The fact he was gay didn’t increase his popularity with the right-wing government either, and his anti-fascism and communist...
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Weekend Rockstar

Posted 23rd April 2009 at 07:00 PM by Philleh

Last year I took a short course in scriptwriting and this is the result. It's only a first draft, but it got some pretty decent feedback from the lecturer. I've since gone on to pen a few more short scripts, so I've not had time to go back and brush this up - could be a task for the coming weekend!

I tried to upload an easier on the eye PDF file but it was too big, so a txt file will have to do I'm afraid. If you have a spare five minutes, please have a read and let me know what you...
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Zombi 2 (Zombie Flesh Eaters)

Posted 23rd April 2009 at 10:49 AM by Philleh

God bless George A. Romero and Dario Argento!

You may be asking yourself “Phill, what the **** are you talking about? You’re reviewing a Lucio Fulci movie!” – And you’d be right? What the **** am I talking about? When Romero and Argento teamed up to create the legendary Dawn of the Dead, not many industry people could foresee the onslaught of imitators that would follow in its wake: due to the fact that most of them believed it would flop! The short sighted, dick-faces!

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Short Night of Glass Dolls

Posted 23rd April 2009 at 09:09 AM by Philleh

Can you imagine being mistaken as a corpse? I don’t mean in a Saturday morning hangover/comedown stylee. I mean being found fully dressed in some shrubs, eyes wide open with your heart beat so faint that any beat would not register on the best heart monitoring apparatus the 70’s had to offer? You can hear fully what people are saying around your lifeless body, but you’re unable to communicate, you’re trapped alone in your thoughts and unable to prevent a thing.

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New York Ripper

Posted 22nd April 2009 at 06:25 PM by Philleh

So, how do you review a film as controversial as Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper? A film that was infamously ordered out of the British Isles by the (at the time) head of the BBFC (British equivalent of the MPAA), James Ferman. He was worried that the content of this movie would push the unstable (read: poor and uneducated) into committing acts of hideous violence, of course it’s all a pile of shit, he just didn’t like the film. Much like he didn’t like The Exorcist and Texas Chainsaw Massacre,...
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Case of the Scorpion's Tail

Posted 22nd April 2009 at 05:46 PM by Philleh

NoShame Films, I believe, are the company responsible for the recent acceptance of Sergio Martino as a major talent in Italian exploitation: He’s now being mentioned in the same breath as Argento, Fulci and Bava. It’s quiet an achievement for a small label, dedicated to not just exploitation but Italian art-house pictures like Marco Bellochio’s Devil in the Flesh all the way back to Victorio De Sica classics. To think a company held the Giallo up with such esteemed classics is a touching thought....
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Dario Argento: Broken Mind

Posted 18th April 2009 at 12:59 PM by Philleh

Yes, I'm in work and I'm very bored - can you tell?

Here's an essay I completed on Dario Argento, it's not great but it got me the pass I needed! ha.

Hope you enjoy it!

Dario Argento: Broken Mind

I’m going to talk about a man who has had a career outside of the Hollywood machine for almost five-decades. He’s made some of international cinema’s most iconic thrillers and even penned a few classics outside of his favoured genre,...
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Martyrs

Posted 18th April 2009 at 12:11 PM by Philleh

Here's my two-pence on the sensation that is, Pascal Laugier's Martyrs!

http://www.wildsidecinema.com/533.html

Agree with me? Disagree with me? Want to bite my face off?

Let me know what you think.
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Joe D'Amato: A Total Contempt for all Mankind

Posted 18th April 2009 at 12:06 PM by Philleh

Here's an article I wrote for the late, great Joey D over at Wildside.

He seems to have some admirers here, so what the flip? hope you enjoy it.

http://www.wildsidecinema.com/art003.html

Please let me know if there is anything incorrect, or any further info you may have on the great man. Cheers.
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