Friday, June 1, 2018

Dark Fantasies of Italian Cinema

Gothic, giallo, gore and cannibals - dark fantasies of Italian cinema. This 29-page article on the history of Italian horror from 1950s to 1990s appeared in Finnish Portti magazine in 1995. It presents the key directors and their films with short descriptions and spoilers.

In 1997, when I was 12, I primarily watched 1980s horror, but these days I prefer 1960s Mario Bava and 1970s Dario Argento. This article stimulated my imagination without restraint. It gave me a playground and introduced me to a world I fell in love with. One of the most beautiful realisations was that I didn't have to imagine a plot.

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