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Dario Argento

Dario Argento was born on 7 September, 1940 in Rome, Italy. The son of acclaimed film producer Salvatore Argento, Dario began his career in the movie industry as a film critic for various magazines. His love of movies led to him finding work as a screenwriter, after which he wrote several screenplays for a number of films. His most notable was Once Upon a Time in the West, directed by the legendary Sergio Leone. However, once Argento began directing his own films, his popularity soared.

His directorial debut came in the form of giallo flick The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. After achieving critical acclaim, Argento went on to direct The Cat o’ Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvet; often referred to as his ‘Animal Trilogy’. After a break from the thriller/horror scene, Argento returned in 1975 with his masterpiece Deep Red. Frequently cited as the ‘best giallo ever made’, the movie is often credited as the inspiration behind many iconic horror flicks. John Carpenter has stated on many occasions that Argento’s early work is what inspired fan-favourite Halloween (1978).

Further success

Dario Argento

Following the birth of his daughter, Asia Argento, Dario continued his critical success with the spellbinding hit Suspiria (1977). He originally intended this to be the first of a trio of movies surrounding “The Three Mothers“. However, the trilogy was not complete until after the turn of the century. Inferno (1980) came first, eventually followed by Mother of Tears (2007).

The 1980’s brought us Tenebrae (1982) and Phenomena (1985), after which, Argento took a break from directing. He wrote the screenplays for Lamberto Bava‘s Demons (Demoni) and its sequel before getting back into the director’s chair for his next movie Opera. The ill-fated flick was ravaged by real-life misfortunes, which Argento suspected were caused by the supposed “curse” of the Shakespearean play. The initial lead in the movie, Vanessa Redgrave, quit the project, Argento’s long-time girlfriend and collaborator ended their relationship, and his father, Salvatore, passed away. There were also a number of minor accidents involving the cast and crew throughout the filming of the movie.

90’s – Present day

Dario Argento and George A. Romero

In the beginning of the 90’s, Argento teamed up with Romero once again on the two-part horror-thriller Two Evil Eyes (1990). He then went on to direct Trauma (1993), The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) and The Phantom of the Opera (1998). Following this he returned to the giallo flicks, giving us Sleepless (2001), The Card Player (2004) and Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005), as well as two gory, supernatural-themed episodes of the USA TV cable anthology series Masters of Horror (2005).

Did you know?

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 hit.

He is involved in a horror memorabilia store in Rome named Profondo Rosso, 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.

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Arrow Video Channel

The ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL gives cult movie fans the opportunity to watch a wide selection of films that the ARROW VIDEO brand has been famous for. From horror to sci-fi, thrillers to westerns, the ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL is home to cutting edge cult and undiscovered gems. Films such as Takashi Miike’s Audition and Wes Craven’s seminal masterpiece The Hills Have Eyes for instance. Or how about Romero’s contagion classic The Crazies and Edwin Brown’s slice-and-dice staple The Prey. There’s so much to choose from.

In the coming months the ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL will be adding even more cult classics. These will include Dario Argento’s Tenebrae and American made horrors such as, The Deeper You Dig, Children of the Corn and Lake Michigan Monster. In addition to crowd pleasing cult movies on the service, the ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL will continue to give you an exclusive platform to brand new genre as part of a new global strategy.

They also host a growing collection of documentaries, interviews and never-before-seen content. Not only that, but newly produced material as well. These documentaries will breathe new life on the ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL, giving movie fans an immersive look into the creation of many cult movie classics such as Donnie Darko and Hellraiser. The service will be updated regularly with new content, new curation focus and never-before-seen content.

So what did July have in store for us?

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Zombie For Sale – An infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema. Zombie For Sale sees an undead escapee from a pharmaceutical lab attacking the head of the misfit Park family – who promptly becomes revitalised and full of life! The family hatch a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth, allowing locals to pay to be bitten too, until things go wrong…

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Horror maestros George Romero and Stephen King are together again. This time in the wildly enjoyable follow-up to their 1982 anthology hit. Featuring young hoodlums, horny teens and an uptight businesswoman getting their just desserts, in all manner of ghoulish and ghostly going-ons, revisit this classic for a nostalgic trip that you won’t forget in a hurry

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Buckle up from some B-movie mayhem from genre film luminary Nico Mastorakis. Featuring a stellar performance by legendary Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in his first English-language role. This action-packed romp is full of thrills, kick-ass one liners and venomous cobras!

Mike Hodges’ underappreciated chiller. It stars Rosanna Arquette as a clairvoyant whose visions start to predict a series of deadly events. Black Rainbow is a superbly eerie and entertaining gothic tale of suspense and the occult. It’s presented here in a stunning director-approved restoration.

David Bowie is in mesmerizingly good form in Nagisa Oshima’s 1983 Palme d’Or-nominated World War II prisoner-of-war classic,. Featuring a memorably haunting, BAFTA-winning score by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and a breakthrough role for the legendary Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano.

Arrow Video Channel are proving once again they’re big players in the horror game. Be sure to check out their channel and don’t miss the new releases for August! We’ll be posting another feature in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Today’s post will be on a horror fanatic who we deeply respect here at Erebus Horror.

Zoe Humphries is an artist whose skills include; acrylics, pen and ink, and pencil drawings as well as sculptures! As far as we’re concerned, her work is unparalleled! Don’t believe us? Check out a few examples below and you will see what we mean.

  

  

 

Outstanding right?

However, we have to be honest with you guys – there’s something we haven’t told you about Zoe… Not only is she a highly skilled artist when it comes to paper, canvas and clay – She is also a special effects artist!

I think it goes without saying that this lady’s efforts deserve a bit of recognition! Not only is she producing high quality works for sale (we’ll come to that in a minute) but she is rapidly progressing in the world of special effects as well!

As you know we like to publicize individuals who are making a difference in the world of horror, but we are not exaggerating in the slightest when we say the following; pretty soon, Zoe Humphries could be Britain’s answer to Tom Savini!

A big statement to make? Check out her blog http://britzombiegirlartblog.wordpress.com/ and you will see why we would make such an outrageous claim.

Okay so I’m assuming almost all of you will have clicked on Zoe’s blog now and are dying to purchase some of her work. Don’t worry, we’ll hook you up!

Zoe is currently selling special edition prints on Etsy at a VERY reasonable price. However, these great bargains may not remain so for much longer… If I was you, I’d get them while they’re good and cheap before the prices sky-rocket! Once Zoe is an established, well-known horror icon (which won’t be long at all in our humble opinion) this horror memorabilia will be on sale for ten times this amount.

Not only are you purchasing a great horror print (Could frame it and put it in your living room for all to view!) But you also receive a Certificate of Authentication (Could frame that as well if you want…)

Go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/Britzombiegirl?ref=pr_shop  to buy a limited edition print. You won’t be sorry.