Monday, 24 November 2014

Somatic Incompliance: The Look and Resistance of Mario Bava's Evil Eye

by Kier-La Janisse

While many consider The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) – retitled and re-edited for the United States as Evil Eye – a ‘lesser’ Mario Bava film, and a necessary stepping stone to the lurid grandeur of pioneering giallo staple Blood and Black Lace the following year, it is this very status as a ‘transitional’ work that makes it so interesting. The ways that The Girl Who Knew Too Much/Evil Eye interacts with various forms of texts – from the ‘paranoid woman’s films’ of the 1940s to the pulp paperbacks that gave the giallo genre its name – illustrate the struggle for a feminine voice that had been building since the war and would become a hallmark of that decade. The giallo film genre is not known for its ‘feminist’ qualities, and this is another thing that makes Evil Eye unique: it is more aligned with the gender politics of Black Sunday than with the litany of giallo films that followed in its wake, making it one of Bava’s most feminist horror films – despite tacked-on endings in both versions that neutralise that voice. 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Thief - A Tale of Three Edits

by Anthony Nield

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WARNING: The following article unavoidably contains spoilers.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Video nasties invade the Abertoir Horror Festival!

This year's Abertoir Horror Festival was home to a very special exhibition curated by Mark McKenna, an Academic Tutor at the University of Sunderland, and Dr Johnny Walker, a Lecturer in Media at Northumbria University. 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

NEKROMANTIK - The Full Specs

They said it couldn't happen... BUT HERE IT IS!!! Time to feast your eyes on the artwork and full specs for our upcoming 3-disc release of notorious cult classic NEKROMANTIK - and boy, is this one an absolute monster! We've had to move the release date back to December 15th just to allow us time to accommodate all the goodness that's on offer here, but we're sure you won't be disappointed when you read on - seriously, this release is positively GROANING under the weight of all the special features.