88 Films to Launch 88 Italian Line

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  1. Angelman

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    I watched Absurd last night and it looks great. There's a handful of noisy interior shots and a few noisy night shots but overall it's what I've been waiting for. Beyond the Darkness next!
     
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    That drives me fucking crazy. It is beyond me how someone can slash the shit out of everything. You don't need a large blade to open a box, but I suppose most just don't give a shit. There goes my OCD kicking in again. :eek:
     
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    All four of the titles arrived in excellent condition. The package they were sent in wasn't the greatest but it kept them from getting damaged.
     
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    I've had credits in feature films before because of my job but I have to admit it was nice to see my name in the tagged-on end credits of Absurd along with Kim B. and other Horordigital-ers.
     
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    I like this "perk" as well. The same thing with the Lady Frankenstein/Death Laid an Egg campaign.
     
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    Yep. I also got into that one.
     
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    Natas ....on the warm side of the dooooooor

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    Definitely cool.

    Back in the day I used to write reviews for a now debunked website called "Horrorwatch". And a snippet from a review of mine made the cover of a dvd. The website was quoted, not me specifically, but it was still really cool. I forget the name of the movie (Fuck, that's going to annoy the dick out of me now)
     
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    Awesome. It's funny because while I have had my hand in current films, because it's my job I don't think too much about it, but when my name is crammed on there with 1000 others for Absurd, I geek out.
     
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    Yes great to see my name, definitely a nice extra perk.

    News below about Anthropophagous incase you did not get the email.

    The one thing we have to add is that the final stretch goal of remastering ANTHROPOPHAGOUS has been hugely delayed. We had hoped to ship all 5 titles together but the Anthropophagous negative is not in good shape so we're having to have a lot of extra time spent on this.

    We will work out the best way to get this to you guys as soon as it is ready, this will probably be around June / July. What we will probably do is give you a voucher code for our website so you can order it at your leisure but this will be worked out later.
     
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    Yeah, I can't wait to see my name either when I finally get my 4 pack. :D
     
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    I don't think we have anything to worry about yet. I'm also on the east coast and I haven't seen it yet, either.
     
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    Got mine today actually. No slices on the slipcovers for me. Funny thing, this is my second 88 Films order (one from 88, one from Amazon) and both times the packages arrived opened. It's like they ran out of tape or something. Luckily nothing fell out or was stolen. Either way, excited to watch them later, I forgot about the credits so that'll be fun.
     
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    I've ordered from 88 Films about half a dozen times as well as some 88 titles from Amazon.co.uk and never had an issue with the packages.
     
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    My name in those credits should be easy to figure out - there's a clue in my username here :)
     
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    I sat down with the new 88 Films Blu-rays of Beyond the Darkness and Massacre in Dinosaur Valley last night. As one might expect for 30+ year old low-budget movies, both look a bit soft (BtD perhaps more so), but never smeared. The English dialogue on both is easy to follow. I certainly wasn't disappointed by the technical presentation.

    Beyond the Darkness
    plays like an off-beat Euro take on the same themes as Deranged, Don't Go In the House, and Maniac. It's more ambitious than, say, Anthropophagous or Absurd, but while I was rather intrigued, I didn't quite get that 'instant favourite' reaction. There isn't really a sense of mounting tension or dread - you just find yourself floating from one grotesque spectacle to the next before arriving at a dramatically satisfying conclusion. The main actor is pretty and does his Norman Bates thing decently, we get some nasty gore (and a nasty scene of a woman eating grue very sloppily), and the final jolt is pretty great. Definitely one I need to revisit in the right frame of mind.

    Massacre in Dinosaur Valley really bungles the plot curve. It's like they tried to make a cannibal movie but failed to fill the entire running time with cannibals, so they just throw in some illegal emerald miners for the third act instead. I was disappointed that they didn't throw in a big, phony dinosaur for the grand finale. I was mildly amused, however, that whatever the jungle throws at our protagonists, the actress playing the heroine seems completely unable to grasp the severity of the situation. One thing's for sure, it won't replace Monster Shark as my favourite Michael Sopkiw star vehicle. ;)
     
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    "There isn't really a sense of mounting tension or dread - you just find yourself floating from one grotesque spectacle to the next before arriving at a dramatically satisfying conclusion"

    I've often described D'Amato's directorial style as that of a porn director (which he was). He directed the most gory scenes with a sense of boredom and while there was no tension or dread, I feel like Beyond the Darkness is such a hollow, passionless affair that gets under my skin. Most directors lean in on gore or horrific moments, D'Amato simply executes them. The banality of execution makes it uncomfortable for me almost as if he doesn't care that horrible things are happening and as a viewer I feel he should. I love that feeling.

    That's why I have a strange love affair with his horror output.
     
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    That's an interesting perspective, but I think it applies better to Beyond the Darkness than, say, Anthropophagous. Anthropophagous is more traditional in the way it builds up the tension, and while I would be hesitant to speculate on D'Amato's passion for the project, he stages his scares more carefully in terms of lighting and camera angles. For example, our first glimpse of the cannibal is brief - he is seen a flash of lightning lights up the room - and only comes into full view late in the movie. Anthropophagous is a much more visceral experience for me, and hence more enjoyable. Ironically enough, the "least passionate" D'Amato movie I've seen is Porno Holocaust. D'Amato seems completely disinterested in the story (unlike Anthropophagous) and the characters (unlike Beyond the Darkness) - he can't even keep track of which characters he kills off and when. It's just a collage of sex and gore.
     
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    Just watched massacre in Dinosaur Valley, all I can say is wow, had a great time with it, really enjoyable cheese.

    Please note 88 Films version is missing 13 second of the cock fight sequence, I'll say that if you did not know it was cut you could not tell, very well edited, I do like my films complete but I'm not gonna cry due to missing some cock fighting!

    As for the print, again another solid release, a little grainy in some scenes and there was a fine line from top to bottom where the contrast and grain was different, about a third of the way across the screen on a few sequences in the beginning. But all in all a solid release and a really enjoyable movie, they certainly don't make them like this anymore!
     
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    My package arrived today in perfect condition! If you're on the east coast and you haven't seen yours yet, check the mailbox.
     
  20. Angelman

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    Glad to have Aenigma on Blu with two caveats:

    1) I forgot what a train wreck the film is. Cheap, but also narratively just all over the place. No consistency at all. And the snails. Oh, the snails. These late era Fulci films are atrocious.

    2) the transfer appears to be a standard Italian transfer: noisy, hazy, soft. Not godawful but if you know of what I speak then you know what to expect.
     

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