The Book, the Italian Masters come together in ambitious and exciting project.

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I am going to start this by saying I NEVER donate to Kickstarter/Indiegogo, so yesterday represented a landmark event when I popped my donating cherry and gave in. But this is not just any old fundraiser, no, this is in the realms of ‘if Carlsberg made independent movies’ (Brit reference to a beer advert in which said company would produce a Utopian vision of any project they turned their hand to). So what is all the fuss about I hear you ask? Well it is this THE BOOK, a wildly ambitious project which will see the meeting of some legendary Italian horror and cult filmmakers come together for the first time in one huge melting pot of talent. It is fair to say calling this exciting is an understatement.

Confirmed so far are the following; LAMBERTO BAVA (SHOCK, MACABRE, DEMONS (1&2), BODY PUZZLE) and of course son of Mario, ANTONIO BIDO (BLOODSTAINED SHADOW, CAT WITH THE JADE EYES, BLUE TORNADO), Quentin Tarantino favourite ENZO G. CASTELLARI (COLD EYES OF FEAR, THE HOUSE BY THE EDGE OF THE LAKE, THE LAST SHARK, INGLORIOUS BASTARDS), LUIGI COZZI (THE KILLER MUST KILL AGAIN, CONTAMINATION, STARCRASH, THE BLACK CAT, PAGANINI HORROR), ALBERTO DE MARTINO (THE ANTICHRIST, SCENES FROM A MURDER, HOLOCAUST 2000), RUGGERO DEODATO (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, LAST CANNIBAL WORLD, CUT AND RUN), ALDO LADO (NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, SHORT NIGHT OF THE GLASS DOLLS), UMBERTO LENZI (NIGHTMARE CITY, SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS, THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER, EATEN ALIVE, GHOST HOUSE, CANNIBAL FEROX), EDOARDO MARGHERITI (IN THE EYES OF A KILLER, SIX STEPS INTO GIALLO, BLACK COBRA), Son of Antonio, SERGIO MARTINO (TORSO, ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK, THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH, MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD, THE CASE OF THE SCORPION’S TAIL, YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY), SERGIO STIVALETTI (THE THREE FACES OF TERROR, THE PROFANE EXHIBIT, THE WAX MASK, TONINO VALERII (MY NAME IS NOBODY), The screenplay will be provided by DARDANO SACCHETTI (THE BEYOND, DEMONS, MANHATTAN BABY), With exclusive poster art by ENZO SCIOTTI (THE BEYOND, PHENOMENA, NON VIOLENTATE JENNIFER (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE), THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, DEMONS, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD).

Featuring a brand new score by GOBLIN and CLAUDIO SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN.

I will just give you a moment to soak that list in… Yes this is going to be perhaps one of the most ambitious projects ever committed to celluloid, and reads like a who’s who in the realm of giallo, exploitation, cult and video nasty filmmaking. Check out the campaign page  for more information here, there is a cool project video taster, and some fantastic perks for contributors including limited edition VHS and Blu-Rays, an opportunity to talk with some of the directors involved, your own specially made Demons mask from Sergio Stivaletti or a day at a specially arranged SFX workshop, invites to the wrap party, the list goes on. These guys have given us many hours of entertainment over the years and now is the time to show your appreciation and help make this happen!

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