The third day of the Film 4 Frightfest has come to a blood-soaked close and I’ve made it back safely to camp. From where I’m sitting now (slouched, in fact, and really quite exhausted from all of this sitting in the dark) this year’s Frightfest is already one of the two or three best yet, and Frightfest itself has bloomed into the single most exciting genre fest in the UK. Come along next August and join in, I could use some folks to lunch with.
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Dario Argento‘s latest is Giallo, named for the mystery-horror genre that he is, or at least was, the undisputed master of. It stars Adrien Br0dy, Emmanuelle Seigner and Elsa Pataky. The film premiered at the Edinburgh Festival last month and is next scheduled to screen at Frightfest in August. I’ve been somewhat concerned about the film for a while now, with word bubbling up from even the most Argento-faithful that perhaps it doesn’t really work. Having said that, the trailer looks just the way it should. Check it out for yourself after the break.
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Today was a special one-off Frightfest event, which saw the return of the festival to it’s seedbed cinema, The Prince Charles, on Leicester Place in London. There are four separate Film 4 Frightfests a year – a full weekender in August, a Glasgow satellite event, an all-nighter at the ICA and, finally, what would usually be an all-Lionsgate fixture. This was the Lionsgate date, but this time only one of their pictures was on the program and some other distributors were called upon to make up the numbers.
As well as the UK premieres of Embodiment of Evil, Shuttle, and Repo! The Genetic Opera, the fest also featured the world premiere of Lesbian Vampire Killers and a special double bill of Not Quite Hollywood and Turkey Shoot. There’s something brief on each of those, as well as news bits from or about Darren Lynn Bousman, Dario Argento, Terrance Zdunich, Phil Claydon and MyAnna Buring after the break.
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Update: Bloody Disgusting is standing by their “100%” confirmation that Portman is starring, however Portman’s publicist says her involvement is nil.
One of the hipper projects in Hollywood is shaping up to be the remake of Dario Argento’s psychedelic horror flick, Susipira, from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington). Bloody Disgusting just confirmed minutes ago that Natalie Portman will headline the film, which means she’ll hop into ballet slippers and battle a coven of beautiful, gossipy (foreign?) witches.
The actress’s shingle, Handsome Charlie Films, is producing. If you’ve seen the original, you’re probably wondering what the plans are for the soundtrack, but those details haven’t been announced. Here’s what Green told MTV about the project a few months ago…
“Supiria is a classic to me. I want to be scared. I want to be afraid,” he said to MTV. …”It’s an opportunity to take all artistic excellence and be inspired by what was a low budget Italian 70’s gore movie. Where the art world meets the violent and supernatural. I would love to get every geek that loves torture porn and every old lady in line to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to come and have this insane experience.”
With its enchanting candy colors and surreal lighting, Dario Argento’s 1977 flick, widely cited as his best work, rivals Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou for its stained-glass color palette. The story dips into nightmare-logic as we follow an American student at an elite European dance academy who discovers it’s a front for evaaal. Argento’s inventive, deranged use of gore is outmatched by a harrowing, instrumental soundtrack by the band Goblin. While it’s not exactly a perfect film, with time Suspiria has arguably transcended the cult genre.
Discuss: Cool casting, no? How do you feel about Gordon directing this? Who should score the soundtrack?
Over at his official site, director Dario Argento has posted nine first-look stills and the poster for his ’09 American release, Giallo, starring Adrien Brody.
First impressions: Look at that poster! It’s schlock-tastic, like something you’d find in the storage room of a bodega; In odd contrast, Brody looks like late period Al Pacino in the stills; Vincent Gallo is no doubt scoffing into the wind. Here’s the logline: Giallo centers on an American flight attendant (Emmaunuelle Seigner) who teams with an Italian investigator (Brody) to search for her missing sister who has been abducted by a serial killer known only as Yellow, or ‘Giallo.’ He likes to cut up beautiful women.
More stills from Dario’s site and another poster via Wikipedia after the cliffhanger…
Discuss: How does the Giallo poster make you feel?
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When I first heard that Adrien Brody had hopped on Dario Argento‘s signature serial killer flick Giallo, I pictured him playing the stylish murderer. Vincent Gallo had been typically outspoken about his loathing to play the part due to the involvement of his former fiance and Argento spawn, Asia Argento. Unsurprisingly, Gallo is no longer attached (and neither is Asia). Alas Brody, the Oscar winner who kinda slayed in the underrated The Darjeeling Limited, will apparently play the role of an Italian detective, a role previously rumored for Ray Liotta. No offense to Brody, but Liotta versus Gallo with knife wielding would have been wild, man, wild.
This casting bit arrives with a new log line for the exploitation thriller: “Giallo revolves around an American flight attendant who teams with an Italian investigator to search for her missing sister who has been abducted by a serial killer known only as Yellow.” Argento tackling flight attendants equals awesome. And it’s all the rage to say this right now on the Web, so here ya go: giallo means yellow in Italian. Celebrate this “newfound” morsel of information with a 10-foot party sub.
Discuss: So, is the Brody for Liotta/Gallo trade-out a good one? There’s a lot of “he’s too good for this film, not a good career move” blah blahing going on, but what’s wrong with the buzzing indie direction Brody is going in?