Posts Tagged ‘Italian Horror Week’

Throwback Horror: Night of the Zombies (1980)

Throwback Horror: Night of the Zombies (1980)

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 […]




An Italian Disasterpiece: Hell of the Living Dead

An Italian Disasterpiece: Hell of the Living Dead

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 […]




Joel Robinson Takes Part in Italian Week…And You Benefit From It!

Joel Robinson Takes Part in Italian Week…And You Benefit From It!

The second of three giveaways for Italian Week at The Blood Sprayer…and it’s a scorcher!!!




A Night At the Opera, Giallo Style

A Night At the Opera, Giallo Style

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 […]




Argento Takes Us Through The Door Into Darkness

Argento Takes Us Through The Door Into Darkness

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 […]




Facing Fear: A Look at Michael Soavi’s Stage Fright

Facing Fear: A Look at Michael Soavi’s Stage Fright

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 […]




The Italian Underdog: A Mario Bava Overview

The Italian Underdog: A Mario Bava Overview

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 […]




Mad Mario: A Few Thoughts on Italian Post-Apocalyptic Cinema

Mad Mario: A Few Thoughts on Italian Post-Apocalyptic Cinema

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.




Review: City of the Living Dead (Blu-ray)

Review: City of the Living Dead (Blu-ray)

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…




The Self Defeating Nature of Late Era Italian Horror

The Self Defeating Nature of Late Era Italian Horror

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 […]




Joe D’Amato’s Anthropophagus, a Guest Post from RayofTheDead from The Dead Associates

Joe D’Amato’s Anthropophagus, a Guest Post from RayofTheDead from The Dead Associates

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 […]




How Dario Argento Scared the Hell Out of Me

How Dario Argento Scared the Hell Out of Me

I learned two things about Dario Argento that weekend. One, the man loves him some scrambled eggs. Two, he’s goddamn terrifying.




The Music of Terror: Il Balletto di Bronzo’s “Ys”

The Music of Terror: Il Balletto di Bronzo’s “Ys”

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 […]




Dear Cannibal Holocaust, Let Me Count The Ways…

Dear Cannibal Holocaust, Let Me Count The Ways…

Cannibal Holocaust is one of the most notorious film’s ever made…long may it live.




Zombo Italiano Invades NYC – Zombies and More Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Zombo Italiano Invades NYC – Zombies and More Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for ITALIAN HORROR!




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