Shock

Shock (1977)

Shock first published by Little White Lies, as entry 146 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Shock opens with handheld footage of a house that has clearly been long uninhabited, even as removalists arrive with a family’s crates of belongings. This previously empty house is about to become a home again, at least temporarily, for Dora…

Deep Red

Deep Red (Profondo Rosso) (1975)

Deep Red (Profondo Rosso) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 139 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column A sweet children’s song, a Christmas tree in a cosy domestic setting, silhouettes on the wall showing one person viciously stabbing another, and then a blood-stained knife falling to the floor, by the shoes of a standing…

Tenebrae

Tenebrae (aka Tenebre, aka Unsane) (1982)

Tenebrae first published by VODzilla.co Psychological stories typically come with a primal scene – a significant, scarring incident from the past which influences what is happening in the present, and which holds the key to some sort of resolution, or at least understanding, of otherwise irrational motivations and events. Dario Argento’s Tenebrae features (at least)…

Mother of Tears

Mother of Tears (2007)

Mother of Tears first published by EyeforFilm From the very outset, Dario Argento‘s Mother Of Tears abounds in images of the past being disinterred and returning to haunt the present. Its title sequence features a digital rearrangement of demonic details taken from various medieval woodcuts and paintings. Its opening scenes show some modern workmen at a…