30 Years of Stage Fright

Note: this feature contains spoilers! In a small US theatre, the cast of avant-garde performance The Night Owl are readying themselves for their big opening night. In true Stanislavsky style, the director wants everyone locked in, so that they can really get into their roles. This is a health and safety disaster waiting to happen […]

DVD Review: Dario Argento’s Dracula

By Keri O’Shea Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the direct antecedent of what is arguably the first horror film ever made, and in the best part of a century which has followed, it has remained a particularly fertile source for horror movie makers. By their very nature, the films which have followed have been variable; never, […]

UK Blu-Ray Review: Dario Argento’s ‘Tenebrae’

Tenebrae (1982) Distributor: Arrow Blu-Ray/DVD Release Date: 27th June 2011 Directed by: Dario Argento Starring: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Veronica Lario Review by: Nia Edwards-Behi It’s possible for Dario Argento’s body of work to be considered as being markedly in decline, post-Tenebrae. Despite some solid films – Phenomena, Terror at the Opera, Sleepless […]

Blu-Ray Review: The Bird With The Crystal Plumage

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970) Distributor: Arrow Blu-Ray Release Date: 23 May 2011 Directed by: Dario Argento Starring: Tom Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno Review by: Nia Edwards-Behi Looking back at Dario Argento’s first film in light of his later output is something of a bittersweet experience. Where more recent offerings from […]

UK DVD Review: Dario Argento’s ‘Phenomena’

Phenomena (1985) Distributor: Arrow Video DVD Release date: 7th March 2011 (UK) Directed by: Dario Argento Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi Review by: Stephanie Scaife I should probably start with saying that I’m not the biggest Argento fan in the world. I think he’s a little overrated and whilst he has made a couple […]

UK DVD Review: Deep Red

Deep Red (Profondo Rosso) (1975) Distributor: Arrow DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date: 3rd January 2011 Directed by: Dario Argento Starring: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Meril Review by: Nia Edwards-Behi Say the name Dario Argento and chances are one of two films will spring to mind first: Suspiria, his lurid masterpiece of the supernatural, or […]