Saturday, March 17, 2012

"I'd give my life to be dead. " - Francesco Dellamorte

Probably the last great Italian horror film, "Dellamorte Dellamore" (Literally "Of Death, Of Love") plays out like a Terry Gilliam directed, existential arthouse zombie film. And it's a wonderful.

Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) is the caretaker of Buffalora cemetery, in a town in the North of Italy. He lives a peaceful life with his mute assistant Gnaghi, except for the fact that the recently buried dead rise after seven days. Francesco goes through his days, nonchalantly destroying the walking dead, until a mysterious woman enters his life.

Heavily inspired by a long-running Italian horror comic, "Dylan Dog", "Dellamorte Dellamore" is a much more faithful adaptation than the recent Brandon Routh starring "Dylan Dog" film, which i hear is dreadful. "Dellamorte Dellamore" is criminally underseen, thanks in part to an American release in only 6 screens.

I hope you like that illustration, and it inspires you to seek out this gem of a film.

Check out the trailer here!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Something is alive in the funhouse!"

Hey guys. Returning from a long absence of Feature Creature entries, this week's entry celebrates a great monster from an alright movie, "The Funhouse". Directed by Tobe Hooper in 1981, "The Funhouse" subverts the classic slasher movie formula of teens being offed by a killer, taking it to weirder, scummier places.

A bunch of teenagers decide to hide out overnight in their local travelling carnival's funhouse, only to witness a murder and end up being stalked by the deformed son of a carnie! Everything feels slightly dirty and menacing, and the film manages a really great atmosphere, but much of the film is a little slow. The monster, though, has always stuck with me since i first saw it as a kid. Ostensibly a guy in a halloween mask, the way it's shot and lit in the film was enough to burn it into my young retinas.

I hope you like my humble tribute painting.

Here's the trailer!