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  • Don't Torture a Duckling

    Don't Torture a Duckling

    ★★★★★

    [#14] 31 Days Of Horror 2017

    Morality is the pervading thematic in Lucio Fulci’s Don’t Torture A Duckling. Set in a small rural town, rife with superstition, an intense distrust of outsiders, feeling almost ruled by religion. A series of child killings, the local Witch caught fleeing from the church, of course no one suspects the Priest, not in those days, and especially not in Southern Italy. We see foretelling glimpses of the Fucli to come, the corruption of a…

  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black

    The Perfume of the Lady in Black

    ★★★★

    [#13] 31 Days Of Horror 2017

    Written by director Francesco Barilli alongside Massimo D’Avak, who both penned Aldo Lado’s ‘Who Saw Her Die?’, there’s a familiar emphasis on the psychological. The film feels more kin to Polanski than the typical giallo, steeped in a subtle paranoia that increasingly becomes overwhelming. It’s an incredibly slow burn, we take in meticulously composed interiors, awash with blue hues, architecture, fashion, the class and sophistication of the opening a juxtaposition to a chilling cavernous…

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  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

    The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

    ★★★★

    [#12] 31 Days Of Horror 2017

    Emilio Miraglia’s The Red Queen Kills Seven Times shares an interesting symbiosis with the director’s prior film, The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave. Eveline here too, seemingly rises from the grave, with a slight variation in spelling. The back-story of a Red and Black Queen is an ominous foretelling, a dark seed supplanted in the viewer, which influences, almost taints our interpretation of proceeding events. The film runs the gamut of giallo…

  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★★★

    [#31] (Not) Hoop-tober 2016

    I have a huge soft spot for mall-set horror movies, and Jim Wynorski’s Chopping Mall hits that sweet spot. The vapid, paper-thin premise of teenagers being locked overnight in a shopping mall that’s trialling a new security system is clearly an excuse to justify some awesome scenes of robots murdering teens. Chopping Mall is so typical of the period; it all goes downhill for the teens after a few saucy scenes, kitsch laser effects aplenty. With…