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ITALIAN HORROR WEEK: THE LITTLE PUNK PEOPLE GIVEAWAY

Posted in all categories with tags , , , on 07/19/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

LITTLE PUNK PEOPLE… For those of you who attend horror conventions regularly countrywide, you are no doubt familiar with the name and quality that this small company generates. We are talking about some truly creative people creating memories out of artwork that may appear on the surface to be horrific but are actually endearing. Daniella, Justin and Elliot are a family and a team, and they amaze me with their output of work as well as their perfect understanding, emotionally of the a customers need. Luckily for you, they also happen to be horror fans and great friends.

Today you have the opportunity to win a very special Italian Horror Week creation as designed by Little Punk People featuring one of the most beloved films from Italy created by the master of Giallo, Dario Argento: DEEP RED aka Profondo Rosso.

This is a gorgeous painting featuring one of the most memorable baddies in all of Italian Horror History.

How do you win this fella? First thing you do is go like Little Punk People’s page on Facebook and/or Follow them on Twitter. Then I want you to go over to their websiteand check it out. While you’re there I want you to shoot me the link for your favorite piece of artwork or feature of the site. It can really be anything. Maybe it’s their family portrait work or other custom job. Maybe you like their cookie jars, glassware, t-shirts or toys. It’s all there. Just let me know what you love (and order something if you feel so include). Shoot me your response with name and address tojimmy@docterror.com With subject line LITTLE PUNK PEOPLE.

We will select one winner Monday July 20th.

Go support a fantastic company who support the horror community and love to bring happiness to their loyal customers. The family portrait that we purchased from them is a favorite keepsake and hopefully family heirloom.

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DEEP SHOCK from Davide Melini – Italian Horror is Ready for the New Giallo, Crowdfunding to Begin Soon!

Posted in all categories with tags , , , , on 03/27/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

With Italian Horror Week preparation in full swing, we’ve come across some truly exciting news from a dear friend who has been featured in our first two weeks. Davide Melini has been a great friend to this site and to me personally over the last couple of years. He’s introduced me around to the new Italian Horror wave of filmmakers trying to crack the nut and return horror to Italia. It’s been tremendous. With that in mind, I have some exciting news today revolving around Melini’s upcoming production, DEEP SHOCK!

From Melini on the basic concept of Deep Shock:
“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…

Italian Giallo is ready to make its return!
Davide assures us that this production is paying homage to some of the great Gialli from Mario Bava and Dario Argento, specifically Shock and Deep Red respectively. If he delivers then the newest wave of Italian Horror can truly see the resurgence it deserves. With the Giallo subgenre rising from several different European countries in recent years, this would be the inevitable and natural outcome to a great movement in cinema.
Also, casting appears to be complete. To see John Taylor in this lineup is extremely exciting for me considering I just had the opportunity to visit with him in The Birthday. He’s a tremendous force. Some of the other names are not as familiar with me, but I can’t wait to make their acquaintance. Details below:- Lucía Guerrero as Sarah Taylor
Lucía is known to be the star of the famous Spanish TV series “Luna, el misterio de Calenda”.

– Francesc Pagès as Marius Silver
Francesc is known for working in “Darkness” by Jaume Balagueró and “Blancanieve” by Pedro Berger.

– Paco Roma as Father Jonathan McRoberts
Paco Roma is know to be the star of “Las hijas de Danao”, by Fran Kapilla.

– Estela Fernández as Caroline Taylor
Estela is known for her role in the famous Spanish TV series “Amar en tiempos revueltos”

– Erica Prior as Helen Taylor
Erica is known for her role in the famous Spanish TV series “Los hombres de Paco”.

– Francisco Vidal as John Taylor
Francisco is known for his role in the “Pan’s Labyrinth”, by Guillermo del Toro.

With Crew Members:
Paula Khan (Production Manager), Francesco De Luca (Director of Photography), Rubén FX and Elisa Rengel (Special Effects Makeup), Giulio De Gaetano (Music), Christian Valente (Sound Designer), Rafa Fields (Graphic Designer), Martín Crespo (Editor), Ángel Ariza (3D Artist).Fabel Aguilera and Davide Melini will produce the picture and shooting is slated to begin over this next year in Málaga and province (Spain). There is a part for you to play in all of this of course. The crowdfunding effort begins in April. This will be the time where we can help out Melini and company the most by putting our money where our mouth is.

IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2277640/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/DeepShockDavideMelini
Official Web site: Under Construction (we will continue to update you on this)

So stay tuned for funding info. We will be sharing opportunities to contribute on Facebook and Twitter when info becomes available. Fund it. Italian Horror Lives! Giallo Lives! The new wave is upon us.
-Doc Terror
Note: Stay Tuned for Italian Horror Week in July only on DOCTERROR.COM!!!
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Memory of the Dead (Artsploitation DVD) – A New Euro Horror Classic… from Argentina?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 02/12/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

 

Artsploitation Films better be on your radar when it comes to shocking horror and unsettling fiction. These are movies that can be challenging at best and at their most depraved can make you worry about your unborn children though not necessarily always horror. We’ve tackled Wither, Hidden in the Woods and one of my favorites from 2013, Toad Road thus far, but their catalog is growing ever larger and this reviewer has only just scratched the surface. That brings us to our first Artsploitation watch of 2014, Memory of the Dead which bills itself as an Argento inspired mood movie, but comes off as a movie that could easily fit in with the likes of Evil Dead or Wither for the lonesome house in the middle of nowhere vibe. We’re talking about some truly paranormal happenings with a bit of the ghosties, a touch of strange, monstrous Del Toro esque creation and a strong cast to sell the effects, makeup and lighting to even the most apple pie of horror fans.

Synopsis:

Following the sudden death of her husband, Alicia assembles all his friends at a vast country manor for a reading of his final letter. But Alicia also has other plans in mind – helping her husband return from the grave with a spell that will put all of the gathered guests in mortal danger.

Trailer:
While there are moments that are somewhat slow and overly explanatory, Memory of the Dead feels like a strange look inside the mind of a supernatural being that wants to knock the dead right back into the land of the living. That doesn’t mean you’re looking at another Evil Dead knock off or cabin in the woods flick. No women were harmed by rapist trees in the making of this production. The reason that this film from Argentina works so well is the performances that sell the effects. While the majority of the makeup work is gory good fun there are moments that feel plastic or perhaps a touch phony. It is at these moments that the viewer must rely on some good casting and narrative to get to the next big set piece (relatively speaking). As with the rest of my experience with Artsploitation movies I’m unfamiliar with the cast of Memory of the Dead, but I’d be quick to enjoy a movie starring any one of them again. These are breakout horrific performances by lessor known actors. It’s part of the reason you can just the AF name.

Yes there are distinctly Italian lighting choices that could mirror some early Argento, but I might say Mario Bava over Argento. There are set ups in this movie that resemble Black Sabbath in color and shot choice. I suppose comparing the filming style of newcomer Valentin Javier Diment (that’s a great fucking name) is a compliment. Memory of the Dead is surreal but watchable. We’re not talking about a Jodorowsky pic or even a David Lynch movie. It’s surreal-lite with a focus on the storytelling.

Note: 2.35:1 Spanish with English subtitles and shot in 2011 (picked up by Artsploitation for this 2013 release).

The disc isn’t an extra filled goody bag. That simply means you’ll have to let the movie guide your purchasing hand. For folks who are tired of some of the modern tropes piling up in American horror or even on the indie circuit, Memory of the Dead plays on the ghost story in a very physical way with an emphasis on visual pummeling you but in a creative fashion. Think less Hostel and more Pan’s Labyrinth.

You can order Memory of the Dead (no relationship to the Romero “of the Dead” series) now. Make sure to enjoy all of the Artsploitation Films catalog. Memory of the Dead release February 25th.

-Doc Terror

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