Tuesday, July 18, 2017

For the Love of Art: THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (Review)

Director: Dario Argento

Cast: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi

Blue Underground / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / Italian and English 7.1 DTS-HD, 5.1 Dolby and 2.0 DTS-HD audio / English, French and Spanish subtitles / 119 minutes

Extras: NEW Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse / Three Shades Of Asia - NEW Interview with Star Asia Argento / Prisoner Of Art - NEW Interview with Co-Writer Franco Ferrini / Sharp As A Razor - NEW Interview with Special Makeup Artist Franco Casagni / Theatrical Trailer / Poster & Still Gallery / Inspiration: Psychological Consultant Graziella Magherini / Special Effects: Sergio Stivaletti, Assistant Director: Luigi Cozzi, Production Designer: Massimo Antonello Geleng / BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Michael Gingold



Stendhal Syndrome is a real psychosomatic disorder that causes "rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art". The illness is named after the 19th-century French author Marie-Henri Beyle (pen name "Stendhal"), who described his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio. Filmmaker Dario Argento has said that he experienced the phenomenon as a child while on a family visit to the Parthenon. That incident was so powerful that he recalled it as an adult after reading the book by Beyle and decided to return to the giallo genre with his underrated, aptly named horror thriller, The Stendhal Syndrome.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Severin Films once again delves into the musky netherworld of Euro-erotica with Jess Franco, the undisputed maestro of the genre. All the beauty and madness you’ve come to expect are present and accounted for in his thrilling 1980 motion picture Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties, hitting DVD and Blu-Ray on August 29th. Franco tackles espionage the only way he knows how - sexily! The first 3000 Blu-rays will include a strictly limited DVD of the salacious alternate Spanish cut of the movie entitled Opal of Fire, Merchants of Sex!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Original Nudie Slasher Returns! DEATH-SCORT SERVICE PART 2: THE NAKED DEAD (Review)

A couple of years ago Tampa-based horror and exploitation filmmaker Sean Donohue made one of my favorite indie horror movies of all time, Death-Scort Service (REVIEW). The premise of the movie wasn't groundbreaking but Donohue took the tried and true "masked killer murders half naked chicks in gory ways" formula and did something magical; he made it with just enough playfulness to take what could have been a very mean-spirited movie and made it sexy and light while still being gory and brutal. So when Sean announced a sequel to come out this year, I was fucking stoked. And with such a sensational subtitle like "The Naked Dead", I just knew this shit was going to be dope.
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