Horror by definition is the emotion of pure revulsion. Terror of the same standard, is that of fearful anticipation. Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back. It can’t be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious. The masterclass of the director, Dario Argento, was held in the University of Iceland on the 4th of October 2012 for the Reykjavik International Film Festival. He talked about his art and answered questions from the audience.
Italian filmmaker Dario Argento has gained a well-deserved reputation among horror film buffs as one of the most distinctive and original directors working in the genre, creating visually stylized and emotionally complex nightmares filled with blood and menace. Dario Argento: An Eye For Horror (1997) is a documentary on the filmmaker’s career that looks at his work of the past (and his relationship with former girlfriend Daria Nicolodi and daughter Asia Argento, both of whom are actresses who have appeared in several of his films) as well as his future as he works on his 2001 release Non Ho Sonno. —Mark Deming, Rovi
During the 1960s and 1970s, European low-budget films went kinky, emerging as a new type of cinema that blended eroticism, surrealism, horror, and over-the-top atmospherics. During the 1960s and 1970s, European low-budget films went kinky, emerging as a new type of cinema that blended eroticism, surrealism, horror, and over-the-top atmospherics. Eurotika! (1999–) covers European exploitation cinema and sexploitation before the introduction of home video. Episode Blood and Black Lace: A Short History of the Italian Horror Film focuses on Italian horror filmmakers Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Lucio Fulci, whose baroque and bloody horror thrillers were also slick and stylish. The program features interviews with Erika Blanc, Orchidea de Santis, Daniela Giordano, Luigi Cozzi and Al Festa.
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