DARIO ARGENTO PANICO – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Director Simone Scafidi has his work cut out for him; Argento has spent his adult life in the spotlight; he was his own brand manager before the term existed and has always done a top-notch job of appearing guilessly unguarded while carefully cultivating his persona. It’s hard not to suspect that his provocative remarks have their roots in an instinctive awareness that a bit of controversy makes good copy… I doubt that he made many female friends by observing, “I like women, especially beautiful ones. If they have a good face and figure I would much prefer to watch them being murdered than an ugly girl or man,” but if a team of crack publicists had spent a month working on a provocative, guaranteed-to-be-controversial, eye-catcher of a statement they couldn’t have come up with anything better. All that having been said, Panico is a must-see for Argento completists; the maestro is in his 80s.

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For the Love of Gialli – Maitland McDonagh comments

There was a time when few American moviegoers knew what giallo meant, but the gialli genre helped change the landscape of American films during the 1970s, a time of tumultuous changes in American filmmaking. Gialli brought a new sensibility to American shores—not to art houses, but to local cinemas and then television, video, DVD and streaming—one that has thrilled generations of moviegoers and moviemakers. Nightmares are discomfitingly potent dreams, and gialli are candy-colored nightmares it’s oh-so hard to resist.

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THE IGUANA WITH A TONGUE OF FIRE – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Even by giallo standards, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire is noteworthy for the extremity of its violence, participating in an ongoing spirit of ‘upping the ante’ that would peak in giallo’s classic era with outright nasty efforts such as Mario Landi’s near indescribably brutal Giallo in Venice at the end of the decade (a challenging watch for even the most dedicated giallo loyalists).

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FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Forbidden Photos of A Lady Above Suspicion is a thriller that takes on a whole new significance in our era of, to be honest, frightening biotechnology, in addition addressing—however indirectly—still hot-button issues related to agency, consent and larger social constructs that define a woman’s right to say, “Hell no.”

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PERVERSION STORY – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Next to Mario Bava and Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci is unarguably one of the giants of Italian horror. His extraordinary Gates of Hell trilogy – City of the Living Dead, The House By the Cemetery and The Beyond – are still as simultaneously beautiful and terrifying as they were on their first release in the early 1980s, The Beyond alone undeniably one of the greatest horror films of that decade full stop.

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STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Where to begin? Strip Nude for Your Killer is a mind boggler—how many movies that suggest they’re all about sexy hijinks open with a pretty young woman—a model, it ensues–legs spread, having a heart attack as she undergoes an illegal abortion? Yes, that’s the start of a fun time at the movies.

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