Tweet With the zombie invasion brought on by George A. Romero’s seminal “Dawn of the Dead” Bruno Mattei’s “Night of the Zombies” (aka “Hell of the Living Dead”, “Virus”, “Zombie Creeping Flesh”, “Zombie 4”…I think that’s it) brought to the screen a film rich full of horrible use of stock footage, zombie clichés, and a serious violation of background […]
Tweet While some are swooning over Argento’s visual design, Bava’s atmospheric giallos, and Fulci’s colorful gore during Italian Week, I’ve decided to share some laughter over one of the epic failures of Italian horror. Whatever name you call it — Virus, Hell of the Living Dead, Night of the Zombies, Zombie Creeping Flesh, Zombies of […]
The second of three giveaways for Italian Week at The Blood Sprayer…and it’s a scorcher!!!
Tweet There are a lot of reasons filmmakers have been spending 90 years bringing Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera to the big screen. There’s a complicated, disfigured villain that needs to be played by a veteran presence that can be seductive and sadistic. Spectacle is necessary because the opera house itself is a leading […]
Tweet Television anthologies are usually a mixed bag- some episodes fit the programming restraints perfectly, and deliver some of the most iconic images the horror genre has to offer (I’m looking at you Twilight Zone). Other times the episodes feel like an unfinished product, stripped of their real potential due to either time, budget, or […]
When I found out that we were doing a 2nd Italian Horror Week here at The Blood Sprayer, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about at first. Last year, I wrote an article on Lamberto Bava’s Demons since I consider it to be my favorite Italian horror film. It wasn’t until Michael Soavi’s Stage Fright […]
Tweet Let me first talk about why I use the term “underdog” in describing a rather prolific and respected Italian-horror director, because many of you might already be saying, “Hey, Mario is not underrated! How can you make a bold claim such as that?” Well, I did and I have my reasons. When a critic […]
Imagine if THE ROAD WARRIOR had a scene where Mel Gibson’s backdoor got violated by the Lord Humongous. That’s what happens in Italian rip-off territory.
Jeff discusses one of his favorite Fulci films, City of the Living Dead, and takes a look at the new Blu-ray release from Blue Underground…
Tweet At one point, every horror fan is required to face the fact that much of what constitutes straight-up horror during Italy’s gory years is essentially xerox cinema of varying degrees. Outside the beautiful black-and-white gothics that first populated Italy’s horror landscape, the vernacular of the giallo, and cannibalistic jungle romps– there just isn’t much […]
Tweet Ray Marquez aka RayofTheDead of The Dead Associates, a website that specializes in EuroHorror, Cult and Exploitation Cinema. When Ray told me he had an idea to do a guest post about Anthropophagus, how could I refuse him? Ray is ridiculously knowledgeable when it comes to EuroHorror, and I had to let him talk […]
I learned two things about Dario Argento that weekend. One, the man loves him some scrambled eggs. Two, he’s goddamn terrifying.
Tweet At one point, I wanted this site to also cover music. In fact, you can find a few reviews waaaaay back when of some fantastic albums. Unfortunately, it became more of a chore to add music as we were getting loaded up with film after film. That isn’t a complaint by any stretch of […]
Cannibal Holocaust is one of the most notorious film’s ever made…long may it live.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for ITALIAN HORROR!