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I would say that there's nothing cheesy about Italian Horror Week over at the Bloodsprayer except maybe some of the acting and plots in some of the discussed films. It's full of zombies, post-apocalypses (yes, plural), cannibals, murderers with black gloves on (read that giallo) and progressive rock n' roll. That's right, progressive rock. I wanted to give you a little recap here because there's a whole weeks worth of articles and you'll need to know how to sort through them so you don't miss your "Italo-fetish" of choice. My fetish du jour for the Sprayer was cannibals, but here's the low down dirty listing of articles, opinions, commentary and contests you missed while watching the S&P downgrade the US credit rating to AA (bet we all wish it was double D).
The week started off with Bill Adcock documenting the finer points of the post-apocalypse Italiano. Bill does some truly amazing work over at the Bloodsprayer bringing his flair for science fact in line with sci-fi and horror. After reading this entry you'll wish you'll end up thinking your the warrior of the lost world and you won't be able to figure out if it's the year 2020, 2019 or 3000. Call Doc Brown or Jules Verne. Bill's busy making you think!
Also check out Bill over at Radiation-Scarred Reviews. Let Bill guide your brain into nuclear meltdown.
From there we move onto a powerful top ten list brought to you by Jenny of The Bloody Iris. If you are non-giallo fan, it is my command that you read this article and consider what your life was like before ... oh I don't know... oxygen? Not great right? You're life is better with giallo and Jenny's article will show you how you can take off the training wheels and ride with the pro bicycle riders on your own block.
Jesse Bartel sings the praises of one of the great filmmakers of Italian cinema, Mario Bava. You know, the guy who made Black Sunday, Blood and Blacklace, Kill Baby Kill, Black Sabbath (from where Ozzy, Geezer, Tony and Bill got their band name), just to name a few. Mr. Bartel elaborates on why you need to start considering Bava when you consider horror and not just Italian horror. After all, Bava is the most important meal of the day.
At this point it became time for the first giveaway of IHW (that's Italian Horror Week for the cool kids). Fright Rags, the best motherfuckin' t-shirt company this side of horrorville, donated a Dellamorte Dellamore and City of the Living Dead T-shirts. So rad you may start speaking Italian randomly or purchase a Vespa.
Next entry into Italian Horror Week (part 2... Pepperoni!) is Wilhelm Screem's beautiful (and not just the writing) tribute to Erika Blanc. Erika, star of The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and Mark of the Devil II, is not only a talented scream queen, but was also featured in Playboy 4 times (somebody dig up your Italian Playboy collection). If there's one thing Screem wants you to do, it's see her captivating all be it B picture, The Devil's Nightmare.
Wilhem Screem hosts the blog Werewolf's Meal,Inc..
And here's his entry into Italian Horror Week followed by the trailer for The Devil's Nightmare.
Morgan is one of my favorite writers over at Bloodsprayer. I can't say enough positive things about her writing. Please enjoy this selection because nothing I say will do it justice. Know that when you've finished reading you will be required to go out and see Saovi's Stagefright. The images she uses are creepy and off-putting. Morgan also writes her own blog over at The Kid In the Hall. In enjoy her writing there, Italian Horror Week and make sure to check out her past articles.
Matt's next entry focuses in on one of the lesser known works of the great Dario Argento. Door into Darkness is an anthology picture which pretty much means at least on one if not all the stories are good. Best part of the anthology related horror pictures it that you get multiple shots to get it right. Matt explores each tale as well as some history of the release of this one. Make sure to find it. I know I will.
We're going to the opera with Emily of The Deadly Doll's House of Horror Nonsense. Emily takes us down Argento lane to explore one of his lauded works. If you like Phantom of the Opera on Broadway we make no guarantees that you'll enjoy Argento's Opera. If you like Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera you might make it through a few minutes of this powerful picture. Enjoy her write up and the film.
Then of course there's the good doctor's contribution to Italian Horror Week. Enjoy fresh wholesome cannibal goodness. I don't think they put nutritional information on human bodies, but it might make a great tattoo.
Another amazing giveaway courtesy of the Bloodsprayer, Italian Horror week and Joel Robinson, one of my favorite artists in the horror industry. His work belongs tattooed all over my body. Guys, this Cannibal Holocaust image will never hang in my house because of my daughter (and future daughter), but I may buy it and hang it in the closet in my office. Go answer some trivia.
Next comes your lifetime supply of prog rock (horror related and non-horror based prog rock) from Mahlon. If you're a fan of Goblin then you're going to love this article. If you love them because they contributed to horror movies it's especially enligtening and if you just like prog rock, you're going to love this retrospective on the history of Italian progressive rock. Read this and Wes's article on the Y's. Maybe you'll find the next score to your next horror picture.
Also check out Mahlon's blog Nothingwheel
Jenn is a new contributor the the Bloodsprayer (as am I). Her entry on the exploitation and homage/rip off of the film Jaws is absolutely characteristic of many pictures coming out of Italy. That is not to say that Italy does not have its share of truly original filmmakers, but there have been times in all genres and nations where things have felt "too similar" between films and subgenres. This one is just perfect for the beach party you were planning but really was just a copy of your neighbor's beach party and you skimped on the tiki torches. The Last Shark will make you scared to go into the water... Jenn will tell you why.
Go check out her blog at Cavalcade of Perversions. As the caption reads: Horror Thrills Chills Sex Cats (at least it didn't say Sex with Cats).
Wilhelm Screem is back for a House By the Cemetery, video nasty report. He delves into Fulci's legacy and how each of the Gates of Hell trilogy fits into the genre itself. My favorite is also City of the Living Dead, but that changes by the month/year. I love 'em all so much. Paging Dr. Freudstein!
Becky of The Horror Effect treats us all to a history of a pretty darn bad zombie flick Hell of the Living Dead. I know this one as Night of the Zombies. It was on the walls of Long Valley Video that way so I'm pretty much scarred. It was the movie that I kept thinking about as I watched some of the very worst cannibal movies for my Sprayer article. I also seem to think of Zombie Holocaust whenever I think of this picture. The radiation leak makes me think City of the Walking Dead for some reason. Go figure. Becky writes a damn fine summation of the picture and you should read it and then watch the film. Try not to turn it off in the first five minutes.
Last but not least... for now is a contest to win a beautiful piece of artwork created by Courtney Wyant and inspired by Lucio Fulci. Get your entries in.
Italian Horror Week ends August 7th and I'll post an update for any new happening that may happen tomorrow. Until then keep your mouths full of Italian Ice and lift your Peronis, Morettis or Chiantis to the contributing authors. Good job Spray team.