Cineworld/VMP Digipak (2 DVDs)
Laser Paradise Digipak (4 DVD)
Original Title(s): Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator
Date Of Release: 1985, 1990
Dragon Entertainment Digipak (3 DVD), limited to 3000 pieces.
Original Title: Suspiria
Date of Release: 1977
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Nightmare, or Nightmare in A Damaged Brain as it is also called is a slasher-film by Romano Scavolini, best known for its notation in the ‘video nasties’ list and the infamous trailer which is very misleading. Scavolini isn’t mentioned in the trailer at all but the one-liner ‘From the man who terrified you in Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th’ meaning Tom Savini who refused being in the credits. Some scans from a newspaper off the 80’s put light into darkness having Savini said to give instructions but never did any of the effects by himself, the movie has some sort of Savini-feeling to it aswell.
To the film itself it is a very dark and evil little slasher from the golden year of the genre, 1981. You already get a first taste of the gore it includes in the very first minutes where George Tatum, the protagonist has a vision at night showing a femaly body hacked to pieces. Then there is nothing worth mentioning for a long time, just the private life of Susan Temper, Tatum’s ex-wife and her son C.J. mostly supervised by the babysitter. Honestly C.J. has to be one of the more annoying youngsters appearing in slasher films, I kinda got pissed by just seeing him doing some random stuff.
The second half and especially the last minutes however is something of the best that the slasher-genre has to offer in my opinion. I also love the mask George wears during some of his killings, it’s some sort of an old-man mask such as the one off Terror Train. George starts calling the family and hangs up as soon as he realizes they are home which is actually very creepy and attends to the gloomy atmosphere of the whole movie.
Finally George reaches the house of Susan and kills the babysitter by chopping off her hand with an icepick as she wants to pick up the phone and finally slitting her throat without moral or mercy. The other great scene the viewer will keep in mind is a backflash to George’s childhood where he kills his father cheating on his mother with a housemaid. I’m pretty sure Savini had his work on this scene because there are pictures of him showing young George how to hold the axe.
On the whole I think this is a above-average slasher from the early 80’s which somehow got lost in the huge amount of new movies to be coming out of 1981. If you’re a sucker for gore and obscure old movies don’t miss Nightmare. It did have a decent DVD-release in the States, people in Europe are waiting for something useful to come out though. (Credits: Picture 1 taken from http://www.avmaniacs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45997&page=12, Picture 2 and 3 taken from http://www.ghoulbasement.com)
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XT Video Hardbox, limited release of 333 pieces.
Original Title: Deep Red, Profondo Rosso
Date of Release: 1975
My favourite or at least one of my very favorised giallo-films makes it to the first post of this blog. The camera skills and eerie atmosphere are very great in this one and it is in my opinion one of the best of Argento as well.
Though there are some stretched scenes it is a very entertaining two hours of thriller meets horror. Though the film was not very successful it is the best known giallo to date and was shot in Torino. The numerous puppets were made by Carlo Rambaldi who won an Academy Award for his work on E.T. - the Extra-Terrestrial. I also love the soundtrack on this one by Goblin. (Credits: gif taken from moviesludge.tumblr.com)