Most of the releases that have been coming out of Italy or from Italian Horror filmmakers have been short films, typically in anthology format. This allows for maximum exposure. I urge you to purchase what you can and support these folks when you can.
I also wanted to note that Adam Chaplin, the cult favorite independent horror release from Emanuele De Santi will be covered during IHW by Exploitation Retrospect’s own Dan Taylor. We won’t’ mention it here for that reason. Excited to hear his take on this work as I myself still haven’t had the chance to enjoy it.
One of the greatest friend an American writing about the modern age of Italian Horror could have, Davide Melini has helped me out time and time again. He has introduced me to some great filmmakers, let me in on info about his current productions and has stayed in touch through a rigorous film creation schedule. I thank him every year. I thank him again this year for opening my eyes to Italian film being produced both in Italy and beyond. Davide’s previous efforts in The Puzzle and The Sweet Hand of the White Rose were excellent short film horror that intrigued me. These two movies gave me the idea to explore the current world of Italian Horror on the front lines by the folks creating it.
His latest project is Deep Shock. We teased info about this production last year, and Melini continues to movie forward posting regular news updates including pre-production photos scouting locations and crew member pics on the film’s Facebook page. He’s always dropping us hints about what is to come.
I urge you to like the Deep Shock page, and follow along as one of the most promising Italian filmmakers works his magic on neo-Giallo (even if he isn’t always working in the harsh filmmaking climate in Italy).
From the Deep Shock Facebook page:
Sarah can’t completely overcome the deaths of her grandfather and her older sister. The trauma and lack of sleep cause her to embark on a strange journey of apparitions and murders, apparently caused by her mind...
"Her worst nightmare has become a reality."
Here is the lineup for the cast so far (subject to change as it is in Production): Francesc Pagès, Paco Roma, Estela Fernández, Erica Prior, Francisco Vidal
Deep Shock will be a short film and with a little luck, Italian Giallo will return! We’re ready!
Synopsis from MTI Home Video:
In a dirty, squalid narrow jail, prisoners are forced to suffer injustices both from their guards and the ruling officer. Feared by all, however, is a man nobody there has ever seen -The Judge. When new prisoner Princess arrives, seemingly out of nowhere and dressed only in a crow's feathers coat, her radiating and sensual appearance begins to cause not only curiosity but also envy, suspicion and a deep sexual agitation. Soon, Princess reveals her dark and supernatural nature, moving objects through the power of her mind and displaying feats of otherworldly strength.
What I adore about Wrath of Crows is that it’s a story of people. Characters. A bunch of folks thrown into a prison each with their own horrifying experience. It’s disjointed, but in that way that a prison would be disjointed. Wrath pulls from a variety of different motifs creating a dark, sinister battle with the authority. Magical and supernatural at times. Ghostly. Surreal at others. The whole thing feels like a dark fairy tale for prisoners in need of a hero who find the demon witch destroyer bitch.
Beyond the very original story line which is virgin fresh, the up close and personal camera angles with tight shots of the actors’ faces, the camera swiveling about them in a panicked frenzy at times, still as silence others… these are unique easily close the gap between viewer and character. I was able to empathize with the prisoners and in that I would become as disturbed as them. It’s a ballsy move. An experiment in how uncomfortable you can make your audience while try to wrap them in the faces of performers who are oozing passion.
Zuccon keeps the effects practical. The contrast high, but the lighting dim. The women scantily clad. The prison misty and the crows flying.
Order a copy and take a chance on a filmmaker who is trying to break the barrier who stands a chance at becoming an international name.
I happened to stumble across Picone’s work in a whole other capacity recently. As a judge of the Killer Film Festival I get the chance to review and assess movies from around the world. Picone’s Martyn stumbled across my computer screen which I found absolutely fun, sensual and completely debauched. Well done, sir. I am especially a fan of the artwork for this release.
From Martyn’s Facebook page: A loving couple, a text message, a fierce jealousy ...
Follow along with updates on Martyn’s Facebook page and make sure to like the page.
Starring: Crisula Stafida; Michael Segal
You can enjoy the short film here:
I urge you to watch his other short works as well, Anger of the Dead and Io sono morta. You can follow Anger of the Dead on Facebook.
You can enjoy Anger of the Dead on Igor’s Lab (a truly awesome site in and of itself).
Follow Io sono morta on Facebook as well.
and watch the complete movie here:
The picture will be a “gore combination of Haunted House movie and a Demonic Slasher film”. It will shoot in Columbia in 3-D!
First here’s a link to the Indie Go Go campaign. They are looking for a shooting budget.
Synopsis from the Indie Go Go page.
What do you do when your dream home becomes an absolute nightmare? Behind every window lies a shadow, behind every door lies a secret. Between reality and the paranormal, deep within the foundations of the most seemingly placid facade lies the intermediate gates to Hell.... Meet Brik and Melanie, a couple in love, out to build a bright future for themselves. Their newly bought villa where their affections should bloom.... now becomes... their tomb....
TO BE CONTINUED...