Horror News Round-up 6th November 2013. Goblin and Deodato…

Well shit my pants, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin have just announced a UK tour! Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning you don’t want to miss this one!!!! Anyone going to the Bristol Fleece show, we will be there so come and say hi! We will of course also be bringing a full report for the Gore Splattered Corner.

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SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN LIVE IN EUROPE 2014:

February 23th – London – Electric Ballroom – UK
February 24th – Brighton – Concorde 2 – UK
February 25th – Bristol – The Fleece – UK
February 26th – Manchester – Gorilla – UK
February 27th – Glasgow – Oran Mor – UK
April, 11th – Roadburn Festival 2014 – Tilburg – The Netherlands

As if that wasn’t enough to get you excited check out this upcoming all night event from Midnight Media…

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Midnight Media say ‘Midnight Media’s FRIGHT CLUB is an exclusive home for the film fanatic to relax, watch their favourite movies, mix with like-minded fans, meet Special Guests, obtain autographs, pick up some goodies and generally have a real good time. We are thrilled to announce that the first meeting of the club will feature two Special Guests of Honour… RUGGERO DEODATO, the legendary Director of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, and the lovely actress FRANCOISE PASCAL, from Jean Rollin’s LA ROSE DE FER!

We have 9 Films on show: LA ROSE DE FER, LA HERENCIA VALDEMAR, LIVE LIKE A COP DIE LIKE A MAN, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, RED TEARS, LA SOMBRE PROHIBIDA, END PLAY, THE BARBARIANS and HYPOTHERMIA.

This is a Private Members Only Club and places are limited. The cost for Membership Passes is £40. This gains you access to everything. All Passes must be paid for in advance. You cannot pay at the door on the day. Membership Passes are limited and expire at the end of the event.’

See their Facebook page for more details here https://www.facebook.com/MidnightMediasFRIGHTCLUB

 

Talking of Deodato one thing that really raised our hackles this week was news that serial borrower Eli Roth is making a cannibal film, one with a very similar premise to Cannibal Holocaust, called the Green Inferno. This news seems to be inflaming the cult film loving community no end, but we knew it was only a matter of time before this ilk of non-original directors started invading the arena of Italian cult gore. Where this will lead, well it is frightening, but one thing we are sure of is the word homage is bound to be flying out of Roth’s smug chops at some point or another, we call it something else but I am sure there will be loads of people who will lap this up and fail to miss the point as usual.

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Which brings me to something else that piqued my interest this week on the note of people missing the point namely David Cronenberg’s recent lash out at Stanley Kubrick’s take on The Shining. I have long since said this, and in fact launched into a rant of my own on one of my reviews, The Shining has always been touted as one of the number one horror films ever, yet Kubrick was NOT a horror director. Yes ok the film is good I will admit that, but time after time people seem to roll out The Shining as representative of the genre, when it really is not at all. If you look at it in contrast to the original Stephen King novel Kubrick’s vision really bears no resemblance. Similarly A Clockwork Orange which also gets touted as one of Kubrick’s seminal works also takes away the entire message of the book it was taken from. I am a massive fan of the Anthony’s Burgess 1962 novel, and was outraged to see Kubrick’s adaptation completely veiled over the deep messages of indoctrination and personal choice that made the original text so groundbreaking.

Reported in the Guardian (Tuesday 5th November) the master of weirdness and grotesque horror Cronenberg says

“I think I’m a more intimate and personal film-maker than Kubrick ever was,” Cronenberg told the Toronto Star. “That’s why I find The Shining not to be a great film. I don’t think he understood the [horror] genre. I don’t think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don’t think he really felt it.”

Cronenberg added: “In a weird way, though he’s revered as a high-level cinematic artist, I think he was much more commercial-minded, and was looking for stuff that would click and that he could get financed. I think he was very obsessed with that, to an extent that I’m not.”

WELL SAID MR.CRONENBERG! It was about time somebody said it!

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