Remember when I did the Giallo Challenge a few years back trying to watch all the Giallo movies that existed as per a spreadsheet provided by Brain Bug? It was close to 300 pictures and featured some fairly obscure stuff, all with clever names that evoked clear images of death and a certain strangeness. I whittled my way through this list getting just over a third of the way through the list when my daughter Ava was born. I’d still try to keep up with the challenge, but I’m afraid midnight feedings were the only time to enjoy my Italian loves. The challenged passed. I still have all my documentation from the period, and I hope to revive it someday. Since that time something tremendous has happened. Giallo lives! The genre that combined the very things I love about Slasher movies with my love of progressive rock and jazz and a pile of nudie cuties has soared to popularity. Go figure! New flicks like Amer and Yellow hit to an enthusiastic audience. I am overjoyed.
That brings us to the new Scream Factory release of The Editor as created by the genius team at Astron 6 and delivered to use on gorgeous Blu-ray as if it were a gift from the Italian God of Horror. The Editor plays on the best parts of the Italian Horror culture but especially focuses in on the tropes and idiosyncrasies that make Giallo fun and titillating. From over the top violence to its pure sexual ambition, The Editor finds time to homage or parody many of the films that we have enjoyed as cult classics, bringing it all to a head in a rather comedic work that still scares and inspires. Some of the comedy is obvious and perhaps a bit too predictable for my liking, but I found the same thing to be true of Manborg and Father's Day, both of which I adore. Do not let it detract from your enjoyment of the picture.
With a movie like this you pay attention to the little things. If you are a fan of Italian Horror, look for the tributes. You look for the influence of the masters and then ask yourself, if Astrong 6 can do this for Giallo, what can they do for Italian zombie flicks? What could they do with a cannibal picture (even though Eli Roth has that handled for the moment with Green Inferno)? How could Astron 6 embellish and love on the post-apocalyptic gems? Could we get a new Bronx Warriors inspired film? This of course is reaching, but their imagination knows no bounds.
Some of the finest cover art you’ll find is on this package with reversible art. It’s a shame that there are only two sides of a Blu-ray cover because the amount of fantastic artwork to come out of The Editor could fill a small booklet. Scream Factory’s release looks great, capturing all the aging and grindhouse qualities from The Editor. It’s a new movie in HD. It looks fantastic with colorful, vibrant images that last much like the original Italian pictures from which it draws influence. The extras include:
· Audio Commentary with Adam Brooks, Connor Sweeney and Matt Kennedy
· “Making Movies Used To Be Fun” Documentary
· Music and Poster Featurettes
· Astron-6 Film Festival Introduction
· Deleted Scenes
The Editor caps off a Summer of Fear that featured several Italian Horror releases, most obscure but all in need of proper HD releases. It’s the natural progression of things to see Scream Factory put out a new cult favorite like The Editor that has already received rave reviews at festivals and is to be enjoyed. It’s a polished film and is my favorite Astron 6 work to date (and I really dug Father’s Day).
You can order your copy of The Editor now. Enjoy the whole damn thing and then go find yourself a nice yellow, novel from Italy full of mystery, sex and violence. Looks like I’ll be adding more movies to the Giallo Challenge as the re-emergence of Italian Horror continues. Now let’s get some money to the filmmakers in Italy so that THEY can make some new Horror happen.
From Scream Factory:
Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.