Walking with Dino, what we saw…

As a teenager, Agostino “Dino” De Laurentiis enrolled in Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, gaining experience behind the camera as a grip and an assistant director, and in front of it as an extra and in bit parts. By the age of twenty he had produced his first film, but the coming of WWII put his career on hold. When it resumed, De Laurentiis became an international name as the main producer behind the celebrated Italian neorealist movement, with both La Strada and Nights Of Cabiria winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. However, it was, perhaps, the 1956 version of War And Peace that most pointed the way forward, with its American cast and director drafted into a European film, in a production that was in all conceivable ways BIG.

At the beginning of the 1960s, De Laurentiis built his own production facilities outside Rome, from whence issued everything from biblical epics to pop-art spectacles, and from spaghetti westerns to Shakespeare. In the early 1970s, he relocated to the US, and initiated that phase of his career for which he is, perhaps unfairly, best-known—and most notorious—with a series of productions whose ambitions were matched only by their wrongheadedness. Meanwhile, the “DEG” logo of his production company, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, began (like its contemporary, Cannon) to convey a certain message to genre fans, appearing on Amityville sequels, Halloween sequels and Stephen King adaptations seemingly without number; while the producer balanced out his Academy Awards when Body Of Evidence took home the Razzie for Worst Picture in 1993.

But it is hard to argue with 2000’s choice of Dino De Laurentiis as the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award—if only for the sheer scale of his contribution to the motion picture industry: at the time of his death in 2010, he had been involved in over 600 films.

So join us this month as we consider just a few of them:

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    It happens sometimes. People just explode.

    Live WireThe action thriller Live Wire is serviceable, but considering its premise, it should have been a lot better.

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      Feeling a bit disastrous

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      It’s mostly disaster movies this time around, folks, where pilot in meltdown + gun-toting idiot + food poisoning = FUN!FUN!!FUN!!!

      We also have a Lost Civilisation, and a Turkish film that will make your head spin. Oh, and the world ends. Again.

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      Deluge (1933)
      The Phantom Empire (1935) (Part 1)
      The Phantom Empire (1935) (Part 2)

      The High And The Mighty (1954)
      Julie (1956)
      Zero Hour! (1957)

      Terror In The Sky (1971)
      Seytan (1974)

       

       

       

       

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        It’s just kids’ stuff

        The Phantom KidIt seems the producers of The Phantom Kid were trying to make another Bugsy Malone. But instead, they made something akin to The Terror Of Tiny Town.

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          Three strikes and you’re out

          Twists Of TerrorWhile the Canadian horror anthology movie Twists Of Terror had three chances to deliver a good story, it somehow managed to screw up each and every time.

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            Mutations, monstrosities, and death!

            Ah, good times!

            Mostly mad science this update, folks, with some aliens, a giant killer snake, and a little gaslighting thrown in for good measure…

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            Doctor X (1932)

            The Devil Bat (1940)

            Devil Bat’s Daughter (1946)

            The Creeper (1948)

            Contamination (1980) (NB: NSFW)

            Zombi Holocaust (1980) (NB: really NSFW)

            Anaconda (1997)

             

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              That’s sick stuff

              CarriersThe science fiction movie Carriers is a more realistic than usual take on the killer plague movie genre, which in part explains why it’s very effective.

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                Association of ideas

                Well…I was hoping to have some Resurrected Reviews to post about by now, but Real Life is being…uncooperative…so in the interests of getting something done, I have continued to transfer existing reviews over to the blog.

                Of course, the choice of what to move is almost paralysing, so I have fallen back on a system of word association, as is probably evident from the latest selections.

                At the very least, I will get a couple of reviews moved over each week, hopefully more; when I have a reasonable crop, I will pop in here and give you all an update.

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                Most recently I have transferred and tweaked:

                The Haunting (1999)
                King Of The Zombies (1941)
                Captive Wild Woman (1943)
                Revenge Of The Zombies (1943)
                Murders In The Zoo (1933)
                Night Of The Bloody Apes (1972)  
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                Hell Of The Living Dead (1980) (NB: NSFW)

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                  Samurai snoozer

                  The ChallengeWith all that talent in front of and behind the camera, The Challenge should have been much better than it actually is.

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                    Attack of the Fur Coats

                    REVOLVER

                    revolver4Oliver Reed is a cop, Fabio Testi is a criminal, and between the two of them, the winter coat game is through the roof in one of the best and bleakest entries in the Eurocrime genre. In between fur coats and shoot outs and Oliver Reed seething with anger, director Sergio Sollima also packs in a political message that boils down to, “Basically, we’re all hopelessly screwed.”

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