Dario Argento
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Dario Argento
Dario Argento is an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in the horror film genre, particularly in the subgenre known as giallo, and for his influence on modern horror movies.
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Lost Horror Movie Scenes That We'd Love to See
Huffington Post - 4 months
I love horror movies and the uniquely seductive, heart-pounding lure that keeps you in their world of scares. While a film's story is usually told through the protagonist's eyes, it can be great fun imagining events from beyond the main character's point of view. These 'lost' scenes are missing pieces to the puzzle and moments that we, the viewers, are not privy to, and will never know, but oh how we'd love to see. Choosing one terrific horror film from each of the past five decades, here are some "behind the thrills and chills" that keep me wondering late at night... ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968) The scene we'd love to see, but we'll never see: Where Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes), Rosemary's newlywed husband, becomes convinced by his new next door neighbors, Minnie and Roman Castenet (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer), to trade his firstborn child, his wife, their relationship, and (let's face it) his soul to Satan himself - all for a better acting career. Why this missing scene ...
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<i>Tales for a Halloween Night</i>, <i>Asylum</i>, and More: An Interview with Real-Life Scream Queen Sandy King Carpenter
Huffington Post - about 1 year
She's been involved in the production of classic films from Sixteen Candles and Rumble Fish to horror masterpieces They Live and Vampires. Her crews dubbed her with the nickname Mother Producer, and her desk is prominently adorned with a "No Whining" sign. She's Sandy King Carpenter, former Hollywood script supervisor, now producer, writer, and graphic horror novel creator: a woman of many roles and real life Scream Queen. I had the opportunity to chat with this powerhouse of a woman about her years in Hollywood and her new forays into the world of graphic novels. You've been on set for some of the most iconic and beloved films of my generation -- from Sixteen Candles to They Live. Did you know these films would end up becoming representative of the generation in the way that they have? Sandy King Carpenter: I don't think it works that way. You just go out there to do your job the best way you know how. Tell the tale and hope it resonates with the audience. How big that audi ...
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Heave’s Over: Our favorite movies
Heave Media - almost 3 years
Welcome to part three of Heave’s Over, our set of staff list pieces leading up to our final day of publication on Friday. Today, our staff gives lists of their top 10 all-time favorite movies. Remember: these are all-time favorites, not “best film” lists or whatever. Also, titles aren’t italicized because otherwise everything would be in the font you’re reading now. Frank Macarthy 1) The Big Lebowski (Joel &amp; Ethan Coen, 1998) 2) Animal House (John Landis, 1978) 3) Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982) 4) Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) 5) Dirty Work (Bob Saget, 1998) 6) The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994) 7) Trading Places (John Landis, 1983) 8 ) The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979) 9) The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978) 10) Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008) —— Marissa Morales 1) Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) 2) Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) 3) Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010) 4) The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 5) Moonrise Kingdom ...
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Horror cinema: A valentine to genre favorites from two admirers
LATimes - about 3 years
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Review: 'Argento's Dracula' has a little bite left
LATimes - over 3 years
Despite low-budget trappings, the madness of the Italian filmmaker's method lends a sinister aura to his campy spectacular. Conventional wisdom holds that Dario Argento, maker of such classics as "Suspiria" and "Deep Red," has been running on fumes for years now. But his latest, "Argento's Dracula 3D," has enough going for it besides its alphabetically VOD-friendly title to prove that the Italian horror and suspense maestro shouldn't be entirely counted out.
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'Fast And Furious' Crew Have Some Sad Times On Set
MTV News - over 3 years
It isn't all happy times and car races for Dom and the gang on the set of "Fast and Furious 7." Vin Diesel posted the above picture with the caption, "The first week of filming has been both intense and surreal... P.s. One from set... a more somber moment in Our Saga..." Also, Darth Vader gets a new voice in today's Dailies! » Dario Argento's "Dracula 3D" doesn't look great. [io9] » Trailer for "Blue Is the Warmest Color" [iTunes] » Justin Timberlake goes through one awkward interview. [Vulture] » Young Anakin voices Darth Vader [io9]
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Exclusive First Read: Marisha Pessl's 'Night Film'
NPR - over 3 years
Marisha Pessl's dark, cinematic new novel Night Film follows a disgraced journalist who takes on a mysterious filmmaker who seems to be a hybrid of Roman Polanski and Dario Argento. It's an over-the-top summer mystery, full of twisty plotting and cinematic imagery. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Goblin Is Coming to Portland
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Yes, yes, Macklemore is coming, but here's much bigger and better news: Goblin—yes, THE Goblin, the Italian progressive rock band that soundtracked all those great horror films like Dario Argento's Suspiria, George Romero's Dawn of the Dead and more—is playing their first Portland show in over four decades of existence. They play the Hawthorne Theatre on Saturday, October 19 as part of a national tour. This post on the Progressive Ears forum has more information about the tour, including the current lineup of the band and what they'll be playing. They have a new EP of newly recorded versions of older songs that they'll be hawking on this tour as well, and HOLY SHIT GOBLIN IS PLAYING YOU GUYS. Secret Chiefs 3 will open (show info here) and tickets are not yet on sale, but the presale date starts this Wednesday, June 26, and the public on-sale is this Friday, June 28. Looks like Halloween's coming a couple weeks early this year. h/t to our pals over at Line Out. [ Su ...
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A head trip to a haunted recording studio
Salon.com - over 3 years
In one direction, British writer-director Peter Strickland’s peculiar and powerful movie-geek head trip “Berberian Sound Studio” is a tribute to the gothic and grotesque Italian horror-thriller genre of the ‘70s and ‘80s often called “giallo.” (In Italian, that word is applied to any kind of crime thriller, regardless of origin; the local variety is often called “thrilling all’Italiana.”) It’s about a mousy English sound engineer called Gilderoy, played by the always-terrific Toby Jones, who is hired, under mysterious circumstances, to come to Italy to work on an especially gruesome sub-Dario Argento giallo titled “The Equestrian Vortex,” which seems to involve Satanism, human sacrifice, rape by goblin and lavish scenes of inquisitors torturing witches. Continue Reading...
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Video: 'Berberian Sound Studio' picks up the sounds of violence
LATimes - over 3 years
In Peter Strickland's film, a Foley artist working on a horror movie enters a horror of his own. No blood is spilled or flesh ripped on screen in "Berberian Sound Studio," Peter Strickland's disturbing satirical thriller about the dubbing of a ferocious horror movie made in the style of giallo directors such as Mario Bava, Pupi Avati and Dario Argento. Instead, all the violence is aural.
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Dario Argento, Master of Horror, Unleashes Dracula 3-D Trailer
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Dracula 3-D, the latest film by one of the greatest international horror filmmakers, Dario Argento, has been picked up by IFC and will be released in 2013 on the IFC Midnight label. I felt very fortunate to have been in the audience at this year's Italian Film Festival in Los Angeles where Argento himself introduced clips from Dracula 3-D, as well as a fully remastered screening of his 1977 supernatural classic, Suspiria. After the screening, I spoke to the Italian master of horror: More...
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Neil Fox on film: Total Recall, The Possession
Advertiser & Review - over 4 years
Total Recall Memory is a funny thing. There was uproar when it was announced that they were remaking Total Recall – you’d have thought they were set on a new version of Terminator, or a true sci-fi movie classic. It’s a response that doesn’t tally with the initial reception for the original upon its release, which those with long memories may recall was lukewarm at best. The original was deemed too violent, too confusing, too camp, all of these things. Yet over time it has grown into a cult classic, one seemingly impervious to a remake. It was also criticised for the way it deviated from its Philip K. Dick source material. Yes, remember in the ‘let’s save Total Recall’ hyperbole that it was an adaptation, not an original story. This remake/updating/reboot is closer in content and tone to Dick’s original story. There’s no Mars for a start. It is also a much more straightforward science fiction action movie. Farrell is Quaid – the Arnie role – a factory worker who believes ...
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3D Bloodsuckers in Cannes Midnights
Ciniplex - over 4 years
The venerable Cannes Film Festival, similar to Toronto, has a Midnight section, but it is clearly lacking the Madness element, wimping out at only a three film selections and skipping the opportunity at fun introductions or any pumping up of the audience. Having delivered some of the standout horror films of the seventies and eighties including Deep Red, Suspiria and Opera, Cannes was showing tribute to Italian horror maestro Dario Argento by premiering his new film, Dracula in 3-D at the Midnight selection. I was thrilled to join the Cannes horror film posse and walk up the red carpet to enter the grand Palais des Festivals et des Congrès that seats over 2500, especially with Argento, his daughter and star of the film, Asia Argento and leading man Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted) in attendance.
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Blu-ray Review - Demons 2 (1986)
Flickering Myth - almost 5 years
Demons 2 (Italian: Dèmoni 2), 1986. Directed by Lamberto Bava. Starring David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Bobby Rhodes and Asia Argento. SYNOPSIS: An apartment building becomes infected by demons, who then proceed to prey on the tenants. Following the success of Demons, it came as no surprise that Dario Argento would produce a sequel. The first film ended with a suggestion and possibility of an expansive sequel, taking us into a post-apocalyptic Zombie-ravaged waste land. That isn’t the case here, as the film merely references the first whilst telling a new story. That is of course due to budgetary reasons, but nevertheless, having watched and enjoyed the first so much, a continuation of the story would have been welcomed. Demons 2 focuses on an apartment building and its inhabitants. Like the first movie, it’s a confined space to be filled with demonic zombie foe. As with Demons, the film lacks a strong protagonist and any character development. Th ...
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Full Cannes Lineup Includes Films by David Cronenberg, Jacques Audiard, and Andrew Dominik
Film - almost 5 years
The primary lineup for the competition slate at the 2012 Cannes has been unveilend, and it is a very strong list of films. There are quite a few expected entries: David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis, Lee Daniels‘ The Paperboy, John Hillcoat‘s Lawless (formerly The Wettest County), and Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly (formerly Cogan’s Trade), and we already knew that Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom would open the festival. But the international lineup is even more exciting, with films such as Rust &amp; Bone from Jacques Audiard, Amour from Micheal Haneke, The Hunt from Thomas Vinterberg, and Mekong Hotel from 2010 Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. As is occasionally the case with Cannes, this year’s lineup features many returning Cannes award winners; it’s a world-class program. The downside to all of that is that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master and Terrence Malick‘s as-yet untitled romance starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem didn’t show up in the l ...
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Comment on SUSPIRIA Remake Forthcoming: Noooooooooo! by Benoit Lelievre
Boom Tron - almost 5 years
Really? Of all the people, they had to bother Dario Argento????? Balls.
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70s Rewind: THE EVICTORS - Twitch
Google News - over 5 years
The film benefits from the presence of Jessica Harper, who debuted in Brian DePalma&#39;s Phantom of the Paradise and had roles in Inserts and Woody Allen&#39;s Love and Death before starring in Dario Argento&#39;s Suspiria. She generates sympathy for her somewhat
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dario Argento
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 71
    In 2012, Argento was highlighted in the retrospective Argento: Il Cinema Nel Sangue at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details The retrospective celebrated the influence of the Argento family on filmmaking in Italy and around the world. It highlighted Dario's contribution as well as that of his father (Salvatore), brother (Claudio), ex-wife (Daria Nicolodi) and daughter (Asia). Starting with 1996's The Stendhal Syndrome, Argento's films have been generally poorly received by critics. Fangoria wrote in 2010, "over the last decade, standards have slipped. For a filmmaker who was always so precise in his construction and cutting, his later films such as The Phantom of the Opera and The Card Player are sloppy, stitched together so carelessly that they leak vital fluid. Gradually, the kaleidoscopic style that once characterized his films has slowly blanched away." 1993 - The King of Ads (director)
  • 2011
    Age 70
    On 4 March 2011, it was announced that Rutger Hauer had signed on to play Van Helsing in Argento's Dracula 3D, which was scheduled to begin shooting in Budapest later in the year.
    More Details Hide Details It was released on 19 May 2012. He is involved in a horror memorabilia store located at Via dei Gracchi 260 in Rome named Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), after his classic film Deep Red. In the cellar is a collection of his movies. The store is managed by his long-time collaborator and friend Luigi Cozzi. He has contributed in the development of the survival horror video game Dead Space, and also in the dubbing of the Dr. Kyne character in the Italian version of the game. Maitland McDonagh wrote about Argento in her book Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento (1991). Argento is also mentioned in Art of Darkness, a collection of promotional stills, poster art and critical essays edited by Chris Gallant. British journalist Alan Jones published Profondo Argento, a compendium of set reports, interviews and biographical detail. In Dario Argento film journalist James Gracey provides fresh critical analysis and an exploration of Argento's far-reaching impact on modern horror cinema. English sound designer, writer and musician Heather Emmett published Sounds to Die For: Speaking the Language of Horror Film Sound, which includes the first in-depth study of the use of sound in Argento's films.
    In 2011, Argento signed on to produce the American remake of his cult film Suspiria.
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  • 2005
    Age 64
    2005 saw the TV broadcast of Argento's Do You Like Hitchcock?, in which the director paid homage to Alfred Hitchcock after decades of being compared to him by critics.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he directed an episode of Masters of Horror, a Showtime television series, called "Jenifer". Soon afterwards, Argento directed an adaption of the F. Paul Wilson short story "Pelts" for season 2 of the same series. Argento finished the final film of his Three Mothers trilogy, The Mother of Tears, which is set in Rome and centers on the titular "third mother", Mater Lacrimarum. Argento and Jace Anderson share writing credits for the film. Asia Argento was cast as the lead player, along with her mother and frequent Argento collaborator Daria Nicolodi in a supporting role. Udo Kier, who appeared in Argento's Suspiria, and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, who appeared in three of his previous films, both have pivotal roles in the final Mothers chapter. On 26 June 2009, Giallo premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The following month he announced that he had started working on a 3D remake of Deep Red, but subsequently this project was shelved due to the commercial failure of Giallo in Italian cinemas. He then announced his decision to write a new screenplay.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 57
    He later directed 1998's The Phantom of the Opera and 2001's Sleepless. 2004's The Card Player, a giallo about a killer whose murders are conducted during Internet poker matches with the Rome police, earned a mixed reception: some fans appreciated the techno music score composed by ex-Goblin member Claudio Simonetti, but felt the film was too mainstream, with little of Argento's usual flourish.
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  • 1996
    Age 55
    His 1996 film The Stendhal Syndrome, in which a policewoman (played by Argento's daughter, Asia) who suffers from Stendhal syndrome is trapped by a serial killer in an abandoned warehouse, was the first Italian film to use computer-generated imagery (CGI).
    More Details Hide Details Moreover, the film's opening scene was shot in Florence at Italy's famed Uffizi Gallery. Argento is the only director ever granted permission to shoot there. The Stendhal Syndrome was distributed in the U.S. by cult B-movie distribution company Troma Entertainment.
    Fortunately in 1996, Argento was able to gather funding, but was unable to actually collaborate with Fulci as Fulci died in March that year.
    More Details Hide Details The film would be later be directed by Sergio Stivaletti as The Wax Mask, with Argento and Fulci both receiving screenwriting credits.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 46
    In 1987-88, Argento produced a TV series called Turno di Notte, which had 15 episodes.
    More Details Hide Details Nine of the shows were directed by Luigi Cozzi, the other 6 by Lamberto Bava. Daria Nicolodi and Asia Argento starred in several of the episodes. During the early 1990s, Argento was in the process of collaborating with Italian director Lucio Fulci on a horror film. Due to financial trouble, the project was continually postponed.
  • 1985
    Age 44
    He then attempted to combine giallo and supernatural fantasy in 1985's Phenomena, also known as Creepers, which was one of Jennifer Connelly's earliest movies.
    More Details Hide Details Phenomena also showed Argento's predilection for using new technology, as evidenced by the film's several prowling Steadicam shots. Both films received a lukewarm reception upon their release (although each has been positively reappraised since). Argento subsequently took a break from directing to write two screenplays for Mario Bava's son, Lamberto Bava: Dèmoni (1985) and Dèmoni 2 (1986). Opera followed in 1987. Set in Parma's Regio Theatre during a production of Verdi's Macbeth, the production was beset by real-life misfortunes that Argento suspected were caused by the supposed traditional "curse" on the Shakespearean play. Argento's father died during its production, Vanessa Redgrave quit the project before filming began, he had problems working with his former long-time girlfriend and collaborator Daria Nicolodi on-set and the cast and crew were plagued by several minor accidents and mishaps.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 37
    In between the making of the first two "mothers", in 1978, Argento collaborated with George A. Romero on Dawn of the Dead, earning a producer credit and also providing soundtrack work for the zombie classic.
    More Details Hide Details Argento oversaw the European release of the film (where it was titled Zombi) which was much shorter and featured much more of the score written and performed by Goblin. After Inferno, Argento returned to the more conventional giallo style with Tenebrae (1982).
  • 1975
    Age 34
    Argento returned to thrillers with 1975's Deep Red, frequently cited by many critics as the best giallo ever made.
    More Details Hide Details The film made Argento famous internationally and inspired a number of other directors to work in the genre (John Carpenter has frequently referred to the influence Argento's early work had on Halloween). Argento's next movie was Suspiria (1977), a violent supernatural thriller. Lacking the constraints of the more conventional giallo subgenre, Suspiria is a semi-surreal work of art, where plot and character are secondary to sound and vision. Argento planned for Suspiria to be the first of a trilogy about "The Three Mothers", three ancient witches residing in three different modern cities. The second movie of the trilogy was 1980's Inferno. The Mother of Tears (2007) belatedly concluded the trilogy.
  • 1973
    Age 32
    The director then turned his attention away from giallo movies, filming two Italian TV dramas and a period comedy (The Five Days) in 1973.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 28
    Soon after that film's 1969 release, Argento began working on his directorial debut, the giallo film The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, which was released in 1970 and was a major hit in Italy.
    More Details Hide Details Argento continued to concentrate largely on the giallo genre, directing two more successful thrillers, The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) and Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972). Along with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, these three films are frequently referred to as Argento's "Animal Trilogy".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born in 1940.
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