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By James Whittington, Saturday 16th October 2010
It's the biggest horror night of the year and the Horror Channel wants you to share it with the master of the macabre, the maestro of the Giallo, the main man in horror, Dario Argento.
Starting at 21:00 we present Argento's very first directorial effort, the stunning but brutal masterpiece, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage. In this chilling murder mystery from 1970, a writer is stalked by a ruthless serial killer when he witnesses an attempt on a woman's life. A box-office hit in Italy this is a classically styled Giallo with sharp performances from Tony Mustante and Suzy Kendall.
Then at 22:55 we travel to 1975, a time when Argento delivered one of his most memorable and imitated movies, Deep Red (pictured). Starring David Hemmings it concerns a psychic who reads the mind of a killer and quickly turns up dead. Soon an English pianist becomes involved in tracing the murderer. Also known as Profondo Rosso this film is rightfully regarded as one of Argento’s finest creations and is an inspired combination of the Giallo and horror genres.
Prepare to stay with the Horror Channel for at 01:30 we present supernatural suspense with a stunning central performance from Jennifer Connelly with Donald Pleasance in support, the 1985 shocker Phenomena. The film concerns a girl with an uncanny ability to communicate with insects and how she uses her gift to solve a string of murders. Original and unsettling it’s a film that delivers imaginative storytelling coupled with disturbing effects.
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