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Delirium Review

Posted by Josh Samford On September - 3 - 2009

Hey people, back once again. Now that I’ve got my own laptop, it’s a lot easier for me to get some writing time done in the evenings. Anyway, after a couple of recommendations for this one I had to check it out. Delirium AKA: Le Foto Di Gioia. It’s a pretty fun little giallo, with some rather weird stuff going on in it. Including a naked woman featuring a giant bee-head. I’m serious. Definitely check this one out.

The Plot: Gloria (Serena Grandi) is an ex-porn actress/model who found the love of her life in a very wealthy man. The two were married and despite no protest from her husband she decided to retire from the modeling business and focus on her own magazine called Pussycat. Unfortunate for Gloria, her amazing husband soon passed away in a car accident, leaving her to look after the business by herself. After having a softcore interracial threeway lesbian sex photoshoot one evening, the lead actress is killed right in front of Gloria’s own pool. The only witness to the crime is Gloria’s nosy teenage neighbor Mark (Karl Zinny), who has a nasty habit of calling up Gloria and trying to have phone sex with her. When he calls and tells her of the crime, she just assumes it is another one of his teasings, especially after the body vanishes from the back yard. However, things get serious when a photo arrives at Gloria’s home the next day – it is that of the dead model posed in front of a poster made from Gloria’s final nude photoshoot which has never been released. As the bodies of those close to Gloria continue to pile up, will she be able to figure out the identity of the killer and put an end to this wholesale slaughter?



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Delirium

Posted by Josh Samford On September - 3 - 2009

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The Plot: Gloria (Serena Grandi) is an ex-porn actress/model who found the love of her life in a very wealthy man. The two were married and despite no protest from her husband she decided to retire from the modeling business and focus on her own magazine called Pussycat. Unfortunate for Gloria, her amazing husband soon passed away in a car accident, leaving her to look after the business by herself. After having a softcore interracial threeway lesbian sex photoshoot one evening, the lead actress is killed right in front of Gloria’s own pool. The only witness to the crime is Gloria’s nosy teenage neighbor Mark (Karl Zinny), who has a nasty habit of calling up Gloria and trying to have phone sex with her. When he calls and tells her of the crime, she just assumes it is another one of his teasings, especially after the body vanishes from the back yard. However, things get serious when a photo arrives at Gloria’s home the next day – it is that of the dead model posed in front of a poster made from Gloria’s final nude photoshoot which has never been released. As the bodies of those close to Gloria continue to pile up, will she be able to figure out the identity of the killer and put an end to this wholesale slaughter?

The Review: I’ve been meaning to catch up more on the Giallo genre for quite some time. Despite being a major fan of most every Italian subgenre you can think of, I feel wholly unequipped when it comes to delving in great detail when talking about giallo flicks outside of those made by Lucio Fulci or Dario Argento. When asking for advice on our forums about which films I should look up, Delirium: Photos of Gioia came up. Considered by some as one of the sleaziest from the genre, how could I dare pass up the opportunity? As a genre geek, I of course could not pass it up. Any flick that starts off with an interracial lesbian threeway photoshoot is definitely not one to sit around and watch with the kids on a Sunday afternoon. Although not too sexually graphic, the film does feature a rather massive amount of nudity. Which, as long as you’re not watching with your mom or a jealous girlfriend, shouldn’t be that big of a problem for most horror fans. I suppose this is where it gets its sleazy reputation from, because the level of brutal violence is far below that of what Lamberto Bava managed to deliver in his classic A Blade in the Dark. Regardless, Delirium does take you on a rather exploitative little journey through some pretty disturbed corridors. From a nude woman with an insects head (more on this to come!) to rape with a glow stick. That’s right, rape with a glow stick. This is THAT kind of flick.

Ahh, the crazy concept of the killer’s POV shot. It’s been done many times, in almost every one of these movies actually and I won’t even say that looking through the killer’s eyes and seeing his deranged visions are anything all that new. However, Delirium definitely does it in it’s own very original way. When we see the first victim walking about, the screen starts to glow red as he stalks his pray and then we see the victim no longer has a regular face… but that of a giant eyeball. Apparently the victim was a witness to the killer’s being there or something? I’m really not 100%, what this is supposed to symbolically represent but I do realize that this comes off as pretty irregular. Downright strange some might say. However, when it’s time for the second hallucination we’re treated to something even stranger as we watch a beautiful and very naked woman exit the shower, only after the red flashes begin her beautiful head is replaced with that of a giant bee. So, of course our killer then unleashes a swarm of killer bees on her. This of course then begs the question why the nude woman wouldn’t jump back in the shower, where surely both the steam from the hot water as well as the pouring water would have scared the bees away. Also, how does anyone dressed in a full fledge beekeeper’s outfit not arise suspicious when fumbling around an apartment building? There’s not a terrible amount of logical sense at work in Delirium though. When you see a person MURDERED in your neighbor’s back yard – who calls the neighbor to ASK them if they want you to phone the authorities? Then the following morning when the police arrive investigating the crime, in 1987 what authorities are going to snatch up possible murder weapons with their bare hands? It’s not like fingerprinting was a invention of the nineties. However, Bava and co. must have never heard of the technology because at every given turn characters are simply grabbing up as many objects that the killer might have handled as they possibly can. Photographs sent DIRECTLY from the killer’s hands? Let’s all pass them around!

Bava was handed a great cast for this film, including some genre regulars. Antropophagus alumni Serena Grandi and George Eastman play former lovers who spark up some of their old kindle. It has been years since last seeing Antropophagus, so I don’t really remember Grandi in it – but after Delirium it’s going to be hard to forget her. I think I’m in love dear VC readers. I don’t care how old she might be now, I don’t care if she’s old enough to be my mother – I would give a limb for a night with Mrs. Grandi. Too much information? Maybe so. The impossibly top-heavy Grandi equits herself well in the roll of a former model and is actually fairly believable in the role. Eastman’s character only has five or six scenes throughout the film and his performance is often called a glorified cameo, but he does leave an impression. Lucky jerk gets to have a love scene with Grandi in a hot tub as well… ahh, but I digress. David Brandon, best known as the rude stage director from Stagefright shows up as the gay cameraman, but never really gets to ham it up like many stereotypical gay characters from the decade. Karl Zinny, the lead from Bava’s Demons, who plays the creepy kid next door who is stuck in a wheelchair really takes his bizarre character to the limits. Even when he’s not being a creep, the guy still manages to come off as a weirdo. Perhaps it’s his freakishly large teeth that do it? Oh well, there’s also Dario Argento’s ex here: Daria Nicolodi who we all remember best from Deep Red. She plays Evelyn the best friend of the super fine Gloria. In another Dario related note, he was actually set to direct Delirium but backed out due to script changes. One must wonder what this would have been in the hands of Argento, since it’s so different than his other giallos from the time period. I can imagine the sex would have been slightly toned down while the violence would have been possibly amplified, with even more visual pinache thrown in. Hmm, I think that flick was already made, it’s called “Any Early Argento Giallo”.

It’s certainly not the most cleverly plotted film ever made. It’s also not the best giallo I have been privy to so far in my young career as a fan, but I do have to say it’s different enough to warrant checking out for anyone out there on the fence. Even if it’s a little formulaic, it is a lot of fun. Bava throws out about a million different Red Herrings that lead the audience to nowhere, and I think a lot of the time that’s what makes the Giallo so much different than your average slasher – in the fact that most of the time you really can’t judge just who the killer is going to be. For all you know the killer could be a used tire salesman introduced three minutes into the film and never seen again. It’s never easy to spot, and Bava introduces about a dozen characters who may not have the most logical reason to be the killer – but if you’re familiar with the Giallo format, you know that the killer’s reasons hardly ever make any sense in the first place. As far as that goes, Bava definitely delivers one of the better reveals in the finale of the film. I’m a bit tore on what I want to rate the film, but I’m going to give it a high three out of five. Although, in a month from now I’ll probably be calling it a four based purely on the amount of fun that the feature delivers. Still, you will find yourself disgruntled with some of the choices various characters make as well as all the genre cliches that pop up. However, I do believe it’s definitely worth checking out sometime.



VCinema 2 – Another Fun Success!

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 30 - 2009

Just want to take some time out to thank everyone who was able to show for the event tonight. For those who don’t follow, we’ve been hosting gatherings now two months in a row with the intention of gathering as many genre fans as possible while we watch a movie streamed for us all to chat along with. Tonight the film was Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky, and for those familiar with the film you know it’s a lot of laughs. So, it was a blast and a lot of great friends showed up to make the even even better. Coffin Jon gave his reviews for the two classic anthology flicks in Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror and a fitting kung fu classic in Heroes of the East – which I just HAVE to see now.

We took some more voting as well and it looks like Shogun Assassin will be the film we’re to watch for VCinema III on September 27th. Another bloody classic! We managed to get up to 20 visitors last night, on a night where a few of our friends were actually missing in action. Next month, we’re hoping to do even better! I hope more of you guys can join in on what is probably the most fun I have all month now!

Trailer Break! Overheard

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 17 - 2009


OverheardAlan Mak and Felix Chong should be fairly recognizable names to any fans of Asian cinema. After all, they were the writers behind the most epic saga Hong Kong has likely ever seen with their crime epic Infernal Affairs trilogy, which was of course remade as The Departed. Anyhow, I haven’t really kept up with these filmmakers since their breakout trilogy (mostly because Initial D didn’t look like anything I would be interested in), but have found some interest in their latest project.

Looking very much like one of the Infernal Affairs flicks, Overheard seems to have that quick-paced narrative down as well as the solid cast. Featuring the likes of Ching Wan Lau, Waise Lee and even the often maligned Michael Wong. I’m hoping for the best from this one even if it has received some fairly mixed reviews. Twitch seemed to hate it, but lovehkfilm seemed to dig it. It’s a fifty-fifty shot, but I have some faith in this project. Anyway, the basic plot is as follows:


A major stock exchange in the world, Hong Kong attracts not only money but any who try to manipulate the market. At the Hong Kong Police Force Commercial Crime Bureau, an operation is underway to infiltrate a trading company, Feng Hua International where a man, nicknamed “Boss” is the chief suspect.

The team, led by Inspector Leung (Lau Ching Wan) together with Yeung (Louis Koo) and Lam (Daniel Wu) install interception devices to monitor the company’s communications. When a crucial information on a surging share were intercepted, a moment of greed led the team in a cross fire between the Bureau and the boss.




Criminally Insane 2 Review

Posted by Josh Samford On July - 12 - 2009

Hey guys, back with a review if you can believe it! I know, I’m slacking. I really do have a couple of reviews sitting around here but unfortunately keep getting stuck between two or three different computers. Meaning, I have the screencaps on one, the written part of the reviews on another and such. Kind of a bummer, but don’t worry, it’ll just take me a bit to make my new situation work for me. For the time being, enjoy this review for an absolutely awful film! Who’d have thunk the Crazy Fat Ethel series would ever have taken off in any manner? I guess it just goes to show when you create anything too terribly bizarre people will be attracted. Read up an be entertained with Crazy Fat Ethel/Criminally Insane 2!

The Plot: Ethel is back and ready to attack! This time, several years after her killing spree in the original Criminally Insane, the hospital she is staying at has had to severely limit itself due to budgetary concerns and has sent along many of their patients to live in a halfway house. Things seem to be going swimmingly when Ethel arrives, no killing at the start and the promise of three square meals a day for Ethel sounds like a decent start. However, once the first soup is served – Ethel has had enough. The straw that breaks the camel’s back however is the attendant in charge to look over the house when the owner (Mrs. Batholomew) is away starts teasing Ethel and eating candy bars in front of her. Ethel just isn’t the person to be teasing with candy, let me tell you. Now, will this situation break down into another case of wholesale slaughter or will Ethel somehow come out of her killer rage? Meh, don’t count on it.



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