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Black Sabbath

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 16 - 2012

Black Sabbath (1963)
Director: Mario Bava
Writers: Mario Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, and Marcello Fondato
Starring: Boris Karloff, Mark Damon, and Michele Mercier

The Plot: Black Sabbath is an anthology horror title that tells three separate stories. The first one told is “The Drop of Water.” This story tells of a Victorian-era housekeeper who is brought in to take care of a deceased fortune teller. As she goes about her job, she notices a fancy piece of jewelry that she intends to steal. When she does, she finds that she will have a night of true terror ahead of her. The second story is “The Telephone.” In this story, we are introduced to a modern woman who is contacted via the phone by a former lover who is supposed to be dead. The third story is “The Wurdalak.” Our final story tells of a nobleman who travels around Russia before finding a very peculiar family living in a cottage. As this family awaits the return of their father, it seems that they are all worried that he will return as a Wurdalak, a vampire. When he arrives, he is pale and quick to aggression, but they decide to wait the night out and see if it is their true father who has returned to them. This turns out to be a grave mistake.

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Phantom of the Opera, The

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 5 - 2012

The Phantom of the Opera (1998)
Director: Dario Argento
Writers: Giorgina Caspari
Starring: Asia Argento, Julian Sands, and Andrea Di Stefano

The Plot: When a baby in a basket is rescued by rats who live under an opera house within Paris, he is raised as a violent but quiet man. He (Julian Sands) becomes our “Phantom of the Opera,” and he strikes against those who threaten his way of life by entering the secret underground canals that lie beneath the opera. We are soon introduced to Christine DaaĆ© (Asia Argento), who is a young girl trying to break into Opera. Christine and the Phantom are soon wrapped up in a very strange relationship that revolves around sexual desires and the bizarre telepathic link that they have. Although Christine seems to love The Phantom, there is also the Baron, Raoul De Chagny (Andrea Di Stefano), who is currently making plays for Christine’s attention. As this love triangle ties together, it seems that a tragedy may be waiting around the corner.

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Black Cat, The

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 1 - 2012

The Black Cat (1989)
Director: Luigi Cozzi
Writers: Luigi Cozzi
Starring: Florence Guerin, Urbano Barberini, and Caroline Munro

The Plot: Marc is an Italian genre-film director. Like many directors, he often casts his wife in his lead roles. Anne, despite what one may think, is actually a talented actress, despite being married to the boss. As they do their best to finish their latest horror title, a giallo called “The Black Cat,” Marc and his partner come up with a great idea. Influenced by the same book that Dario Argento was for his film Suspiria, they come up with the idea to shoot a movie focusing on the evil witch Levana. The plan is for Anne to play the lead role of Levana, and at first everyone seems very excited. Every person who reads the four-page outline of the script comes up with the same result: the story is brilliant. However, as the group retires to their villa for a rest, Anne begins to have visions. The witch Levana appears to be real, and she is trying to stop this movie from being made. Anne is soon finding it difficult to differentiate between reality and fiction, because Levana seems to be filling her head with nightmarish visions on a daily basis. Her husband believes that she is going crazy, but will Anne be able to protect her family from this extremely powerful witch?

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Navajo Joe

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 13 - 2012

Navajo Joe (1966)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Writers: Fernando Di Leo, Ugo Pirro, and Piero Regnoli
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell and Nicoletta Machiavelli

The Plot: Duncan is a ruthless monster who has been working in-between the law for years. He was originally tasked with hunting down Natives who were considered to be outlaws, but eventually his ire was drawn towards any Native American village that he crossed. After ruthlessly massacring another group of Native Americans, Duncan heads into town with the goal of selling off their scalps. However, he finds opposition with the city council who no longer want Duncan’s help. After bullying the citizenry for a bit, Duncan is presented a much more interesting opportunity. A man named Lynne sells out the mayor of his neighboring town and tells Duncan of a train which is supposed to be bringing a substantial grant for this neighboring city. Joe (Burt Reynolds), a very tough Native who has been watching Duncan, quickly catches up with a group of prostitutes who have heard the details behind Lynne and Duncan’s plan. However, will Joe do what is right or is he only out to line his own pockets?

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Django Strikes Again

Posted by Josh Samford On June - 20 - 2012

Django Strikes Again (1987)
Director: Nello Rossati
Writers: Sergio Corbucci, Franco Reggiani, and Nello Rossati
Starring: Franco Nero, Christopher Connelly, Licinia Lentini, and Donald Pleasance

The Plot: Deep in the heart of Columbia, our film introduces us to a very familiar monk. This monk is a man with a very dark past who desperately searches for retribution after a lifetime of killing. This man is the infamous gunslinger known as Django. Taking place twenty years after the original titular film Django, we find that our leading man has separated himself from all forms of violence and looks forward to a very simple life. However, Django is soon visited by a woman from his past who claims that she is dying. She asks that Django visit her daughter and look after her, but Django refuses because he feels that he has finally found his calling. The woman soon advises Django that the young girl is his very own daughter, and with that our hero is off to meet his only known relative. When he finds the town where she was supposed to live, however, he discovers that it has been destroyed. Most in this town are now dead, but the few who survived have been taken hostage by the homicidal Hungarian aristocrat Orlowsky (played by Christopher Connelly). Django is soon captured by Orlowsky’s men as well, but quickly manages to escape his prison with some help from a man named Ben (Donal Pleasance). With vengeance on his mind, Django soon digs up his machinegun and decides to take on this European tyrant with every fiber of his being.

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