31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 30 – Suspiria (1977)

Dario Argento’s masterpiece is one of the finest horror films ever made – an audio and visual feast and completely, completely mad. American ballet student Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Munich, Germany, to attend a prestigious ballet school. The ballet school is run by – well, that’d be telling. With the haunting soundtrack of Goblin … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 30 – Suspiria (1977)

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31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 18 – Crawlspace (1986)

This is a creepy little film starring a very creepy Klaus Kinski as Karl Guenther - the son of a Nazi doctor who captures young women and slowly tortures them to death. He watches them through his 'crawlspace'  - an air vent - and is a voyeur like Norman Bates in Psycho. It feels quite … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 18 – Crawlspace (1986)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 9 – The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)

Day 9 of Shocktober and we're on our second night of giallo with Dario Argento's The Cat o' Nine Tails - it's not up there as one of our Argento classics and he admits he doesn't rate it that highly either, saying it's the least favourite of his movies. It's overlong and a bit dull … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 9 – The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 8 – Blood and Black Lace (1964)

From the godfather of giallo Mario Bava, Blood and Black Lace is one of the most stylish of the Italian horror genre; it sets the colour scheme of giallo, the brutal close-up and lingering murders of pretty young things and dramatic plot. A masked killer is stalking and killing young fashion models. All the victims … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 8 – Blood and Black Lace (1964)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 2 – The Lords of Salem (2012)

We LOVE Rob Zombie films at Dead By Words. We even like his Halloween adaptations and many don't. He has a great vision and aesthetic, and is brutal and bloody scary. The Lords of Salem totally blew us away - we didn't know it was THIS good. It's an absolute riot with homage to Dario … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 2 – The Lords of Salem (2012)

Horror cult classics #2 – Phenomena (1985)

Also known as Creepers, Phenomena is one of our favourite Dario Argento movies as it's just so batshit crazy. Yep. even more than a normal Dario Argento film. Starring a young Jennifer Connelly as protagonist Jennifer Corvino, we also have a killer chimpanzee, a fantastic point-of-view shot from the perspective of a fly and Donald Pleasence … Continue reading Horror cult classics #2 – Phenomena (1985)

31 scary movie moments – 20) The body under the water in Inferno (1980)

Part 2 of Dario Argento's Three Mothers trilogy, Inferno has some standout, influential scenes and is bathed in the usual colours of red, blue and black that are staple in his seminal films. There's also the trademark 'complex mystery, bathed in blood' as a brother - Mark (Leigh McCloskey) - searches for his sister, Rose … Continue reading 31 scary movie moments – 20) The body under the water in Inferno (1980)