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[Review] “Nightmare Symphony” is a love letter to Lucio Fulci

[Review] “Nightmare Symphony” is a love letter to Lucio Fulci

To be a filmmaker, have passion in your heart for the work you do. Appreciate the layers of a film. Filmmakers study it, live it, breathe it and sometimes become obsessed with their work. Making a movie in any way becomes your life.

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The ending is a perfect fitting that fans will enjoy and even marvel on the craftsmanship Domiziano does a significant job bringing back the style and feel of 70s horror. Especially with the music by Anthony Coia (Xpiation, The Obsessed) which has a great Giallo feel to it.

As the viewer, you’ll be hooked onto watching multiple screenings to see every detail in the movie. One scene may seem silly where a character gets chased by a car, but the result is perfect. There are countless scenes of death and gore that we as the viewer love with Giallo. Including one cameo with Poison Rouge (American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice, A taste of Phobia) where she meets her demise by the masked killer. They do not reveal the masked killer wearing a peacock mask, which I’m glad.

A movie like this doesn’t need a big reveal for that. Domiziano has gone the extra mile on all his work, but this film is perfect and beautiful. It’s a love letter, it’s a horror film, it’s a look back of the past, present and future filmmakers to learn and love from. The film will premiere at the ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST on July 16th

 

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[Review] “Nightmare Symphony” is a love letter to Lucio Fulici.

[Review] “Nightmare Symphony” is a love letter to Lucio Fulici.

To be a filmmaker, have passion in your heart for the work you do. Appreciate the layers of a film. Filmmakers study it, live it, breathe it and sometimes become obsessed with their work. Making a movie in any way becomes your life.

Domiziano Cristopharo (House of Flesh Mannequins, Red Krokodil) directs Frank LaLoggia (Lady in White, Fear no evil) who plays The Director, who is determined to get his film completed. With the film editing in the confines of a compact room, Frank looks back only to find his future haunt him.

The ending is a perfect fitting that fans will enjoy and even marvel on the craftsmanship Domiziano does a significant job bringing back the style and feel of 70s horror. Especially with the music by Anthony Coia (Xpiation, The Obsessed) which has a great Giallo feel to it.

As the viewer, you’ll be hooked onto watching multiple screenings to see every detail in the movie. One scene may seem silly where a character gets chased by a car, but the result is perfect. There are countless scenes of death and gore that we as the viewer love with Giallo. Including one cameo with Poison Rouge (American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice, A taste of Phobia) where she meets her demise by the masked killer. They do not reveal the masked killer wearing a peacock mask, which I’m glad.

A movie like this doesn’t need a big reveal for that. Domiziano has gone the extra mile on all his work, but this film is perfect and beautiful. It’s a love letter, it’s a horror film, it’s a look back of the past, present and future filmmakers to learn and love from. The film will premiere at the ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST on July 16th

 

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INTERVIEW: Poison Rouge – Director, American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice (2017)

INTERVIEW: Poison Rouge – Director, American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice (2017)

After recently watching American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice, I was so impressed with it that I reached out to the director Poison Rouge. I was surprised and delighted to learn that Sacrifice was her debut film and even more delighted when she consented to an interview. Actor and director Poison Rouge is quite the talent, and if you haven’t watched American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice already, I highly recommend you do so.

Interview: Poison Rouge / Fair use doctrine.

House of Tortured Souls: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me. I’m very excited to connect with a talented woman who also loves extreme horror. Did you always want to be a director/actor?
Poison Rouge: No, thank you for your time and for supporting Indie films. Actually, I don’t yet know who I am or what I want to be in life, I just want to live it day by day. The fatal meeting with Domiziano (Christopharo) changed a lot of things for me, around me, and inside me. We first met at a tattoo shop where he was working. He did a tattoo for me, and we became friends and have been ever since. Now I see something — and someone — in myself that I didn’t see before. He suggested that I act in his sideshow first, then in his first feature film House of Flesh Mannequins (2009).
House of Flesh Mannequins (2009) / Fair use doctrine.
HoTS: What was your inspiration for this film?
PR: The story was already written. It was originally conceived as a horror comedy that Domiziano wanted to direct as the first chapter in his Trilogy of Death. The lead role was created for a woman, but the actress abandoned the project two weeks before starting. Domiziano asked me to take her place, and later he decided to give the direction of the movie to me so he could follow the second production (Torment). I turned the character into a male and removed the comedic tone to obtain something darker.

HoTS: Why did you choose to start with such an extreme film?
PR: Life decided for me, and I always accept the gifts that life gives me daily.

HoTS: I noticed a lot of well-researched references to the Goddess Ishtar. Why did you choose her or what is her significance to you?
PR: I love the fact that she is the goddess of sex, life, and destruction. The heart of motherhood in some ways. She’s a strong female figure that really describes the power of a woman outside stereotypes.

Interview: Poison Rouge / Fair use doctrine.

HoTS: What films and directors are your favorites and influenced your style?
PR: My favorite movies are any ones that involve Sly Stallone; I just love him! Especially Rocky.
In horror, my favorites are all the classics — Carpenter, Polanski, and Friedkin, etc.
I don’t think I really have a style yet. It’s impossible after only one feature, but I have a vision. My passion for art and painting is very visible in Sacrifice.

HoTS: I loved the gore and the practical FX in this one. I heard a rumor that the penis mutilation scene is partially real. Is that true? Please explain!
PR: Haha! You should watch the extras on the DVD to know more about it. I won’t say another word!
The FX are great and very realistic. Domiziano (aka Athanasius Pernath) is a master.

Interview: Poison Rouge with Domiziano Christopharo / Fair use doctrine.

HoTS: It’s really cool that your first film was picked up by Unearthed and is part of the American Guinea Pig series. Was it made specifically to be part four of AGP or was that something that happened after the fact?
PR: It was already in the works by Domiziano to be the first in his Trilogy of Death. He was planning for it to be the first Italian extreme horror saga. The references in the first film Sacrifice are from He Never Dies, the third installment in the Japanese Guinea Pig saga. Stephen Biro noticed us from the start and followed us every step of the way. He found the final result worthy of his American Guinea Pig series, and the rest is history!

HoTS: On a personal note it’s my understanding that you’re quite an accomplished bodybuilder and boxer. How did you get involved in it?
PR: Because I love Rocky and Stallone! He was my inspiration in filmmaking and made me want to act. It was only a natural next step to start fighting for real, too.
Interview: Poison Rouge / Fair use doctrine.
HoTS: I’d like to thank you, Poison, and Domiziano Christopharo again for agreeing to chat with me. You’re both talented artists and lovely people. I look forward to seeing your next film. After this incredible debut, I’m eager to see what you will do next.

Buy American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice at Unearthed Films

Check out the trailer for American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice.

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