Blood and Black Lace (1964)
Mario Bava's classic giallo about a killer that targets the models of a fashion house - as the investigation goes on the corruptions and vices of various characters involved come to light.
Loved the effortlessly stylish direction, the baroque interiors and lurid lighting as much as the next guy, but found this lacking in thrill on a visceral level, maybe due to the ensemble cast of somewhat muddled characters.
Still impressive just how many of the giallo tropes this cements.The Beyond (1981)
Lucio Fulci's horror about a woman who inherits a hotel in Louisiana, little knowing that it harbors a gate to hell in its basement. It has a bunch of the usual FX/makeup-aided thrills like eye-gouging and zombies (latter apparently initially not planned, but requested by producer to cash in on the trend=, but for the most part it's a more deep & metaphysical horror with the story following a dreamlike logic.
Visually it might not be quite as stylish as e.g. Argento, but the atmosphere created by the sepia-tinged color scheme befitting the hot and humid setting, as well as the amazing score and sound design make for a surprisingly dense experience. My favorite horror movie in a while.Mothra (1961)
Likely one of the most unthreatening kaiju, despite the havoc it naturally wreaks.
Aside from the original Gojira I find these hard to engage with - probably something to do with their focus on the institutional & mass societal level rather than strong individual characters. Though the comically evil antagonist entrepreneur played by Jerry Itô with his memorable heavily accented Japanese is the exception here.
Highlights for me were the indigenous ritual & fairy song scenes - as well as their simulated paralleling on stage.Gongofer (1992)
Surreal urban horror from Russia, absolute madlad low budget hidden gem, perestroika-style. I'll do a slightly longer synopsis since afaik there's not much info on the film in English:
The story's about two bumpkin cossacks, Kolka and his Uncle, who go to Moscow to buy an ox, however one of them is seduced by a witch who steals his dark eyes and gives him blue ones instead. Afterwards they return to their hometown and after getting depressed and drinking themselves into a stupor they decide to go back to the city to take back their eyes. That's where the real crazy stuff begins, as they go on nightmarish odyssey from fighting a prize-winning boar and eating his heart to battling a couple of kung fu grandmas in a commieblock and feeding them to the dogs. As their stake-out in the commieblock draws on and on without the witch turning up, the Uncle decides that it's not worth it since Kolka's eyes actually work fine and just have a different color, so he leaves Kolka alone, who is then found and killed by the witch and her cronies.
It's hard not to see it as a precursor of Balabanov's Brother (1997), as here the city is also seen as an even literally dark and corrupting force. Definitely right up my alley, mixing genre film, absurdist humor and some arthouse pretensions.
The whole thing and some clips are on yt, I'll leave you with this fanmade music video with clips from the movie set to Rammstein's Mutter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xwp8rMGA8o
Though the OST by cult rock band Ноль is also awesome.>>59942
Lmao, that one sounds fun>>59945
Hmm, fair enough. Well, I definitely wouldn't mistake it for highbrow either lol, but precisely as a popular commercial product it both reflects & shapes ze döminant ideölögy
, so it's worth looking deeper into (IMHO)