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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Film Discoveries of 2015 - Stephen Scarlata

Mr. Scarlata is a personal friend of mine and he and I are were very much raised on a lot of the same 80s junk/goodness. One of his favorite movies is THE PIT. He's a cool fella. He was also one of the producers on JODOROWSKY'S DUNE which is currently available on Blu-ray:
You should follow him on twitter here:
and letterboxd here:
McCabe and Miss Miller (1971)
Director John McTiernan introduced this film at the Reel Grit Six Shooter this past August. He told the audience that he didn’t think we weren't going to like it. At first I didn’t think I did. It wasn’t until days later that it dawned on me, I f**king love this movie. It was one of those films that crept up me the following days and weeks. This was a big reminder why the 70’s was one of the greatest decades of filmmaking.
The Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
One of my favorite things about the El Rey Network it that they’re airing the complete Shaw Brothers library. I just happened to catch White Lotus on a Sunday afternoon while channel surfing. This film immediately hooked me in. Ended up watching the entire movie with commercials and all. This is now a top ten Shaw Brothers favorite of mine. There’s a beautiful white ascetic with the production design and costumes, which is perfect for when the blood pours.
Burst City (1982)
Being a huge fan of GakuryĆ» Ishii’s bat-sh*t biker film Crazy Thunder Road, I don’t know why I waited so many years to watch his follow up Burst City. This is 100% pure Japanese punk rock underground cinema. If you can imagine the characters from a Mad Max film in a nitrous fuel rock band, then you’ll get this high-octane, NOS filled cinema viewing experience.
The Sect (1991)
Michele Soavi and his mentor Dario Argento follow up their horror opus The Church with this effective atmospheric Italian horror film. This dreamy and freaky film stars Kelly Curtis, the older sister of Jamie Lee Curtis as she’s pursued by a satanic cult.
There is a truly disturbing opening sequence and some of the best use of dream sequences I’ve seen used in horror. What I also love about this film, like in other Italian horror films of this era is the effective use of prosthetic gore effects.
Don’t Panic (1988)
This is my guilty pleasure of the year. Don’t Panic is a hybrid of Witchboard and A Nightmare on Elm Street. After a teenager and his pals play with an Ouija board all kinds of madness ensues. This movie is a blast and has that formula of a foreign film director doing his best to imitate an 80’s horror film. When you add those together you get incredibly strange performances and some wild and weird dream-like sequences. This is a good flick to watch with your friends. I was never once bored watching this film, it’s pure horror entertainment.


beamish13 said...

BURST CITY is terrific. Sogo Ishii is a wonderful director who deserves more recognition in the West.

highwayknees said...

I'd like to view The Sect but this is the first I've heard of it...Where can I see it? Also The Astrologer from your letterboxd page-that one must be hard to find too! I've never run across it before but i have a vague memory of the poster.

Dennis said...

You certainly find you deep cuts. Good work