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Dario Argento On The Horror Channel This October
By James Whittington, Monday 20th September 2010

The Bird With The Crystal PlumageIt's nearly October, the time of pumpkins, ghosts and Dario Argento! Yes folks, the Horror Channel is celebrating this Halloween in blood-splattered style with a season of Dario Argento's finest work. All start at 22:55 but do keep checking the online guide for any last minute changes.

October 1st - The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
Harking back to 1970 this was Argento's directorial debut and signalled exactly where his work would take him. In this chilling murder mystery 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.

October 8th - Deep Red
This incredibly sinister horror from 1975 displayed Argento's uncanny knack of unnerving the audience with stunning but brutal set-pieces. 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.

October 15th - Tenebrae
Shocking, brutal and once branded a Video Nastie, Tenebrae from 1982 is one of Argento’s most famous works. This tense tale of terror stars Anthony Franciosa as a horror writer promoting his latest work in Rome but is being stalked by a killer using his book as gruesome inspiration. A Giallo of the finest tradition, Tenebrae was supposedly inspired by true events and is a film rich in inventive camera and strong plotting. By the way the title means shadows and/or darkness in Latin.

October 22nd – Phenomena
Phenomena followed Tenebrae in 1985 and may be known to you as Creepers. Supernatural in tone with a stunning central performance from Jennifer Connelly with Donald Pleasance in support 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.

October 29th – Terror At The Opera
This unsettling horror from 1987 is a Giallo story with huge chunks of horror mixed in. A young opera singer gets her big break when the previous star of a show is hit by a car. The new star though becomes the target of a twisted psychopath. Memorable for many reasons including the now infamous “eyelid” torture scenes the movie is complimented by a score that includes pieces from Brian Eno.

The month also includes other notable premieres, more on these next week including information on a new interactive series, Joe Dante’s Splatter!


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