The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day will traumatize you.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
This is another Cannes-themed piece. Dario Argento’s newest, Dracula 3D, is playing, so I figured why not throw up a nice down home picture of Tom Savini cradling Brad Dourif’s decapitated head from Trauma.
In fact, I just got out of Dracula 3D and… well, it isn’t pretty. What happened, Dario?!?
Trauma isn’t amongst his best either, but trust me, guys. At least there was a hint of the great filmmaker we all know and love in that film. Anyway, it’s a good pic. Thanks to Dimitar Dimitrov for digging this one up!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So… tomorrow’s pic is a dog.
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May 20, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST
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May 20, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST
by Mr Soze
May 20, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST
And yeah, Argento gets iffy after tenebre, I think.
May 20, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST
He's a pretty terrible filmmaker. He might have confronted few issues in his films and made folks squirm but so much of his stuff is sloppily executed misogynism and pointless discomfort. I think he's one of the most overrated filmmakers there has ever been, Suspiria aside. After years, a friend got me to watch Tenebrae - good god, it was genuinely awful with a cop out ending I prayed wasn't coming from the outset. But, different strokes, as they say...
May 20, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST
May 20, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
He'll probably get his own Machete spin off. It may or may not be good.
May 20, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
May 20, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST
it HURTS. On a deep, deep level. Sad to hear it wasn't just a trailer problem. :(
May 20, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST
Now there's something you don't hear at fucking garden parties enough.
May 20, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST
Yeah, parts of it are horribly dated now, but that soundtrack is kick-ass (and sampled by Justice a few years back) and those gore-filled kill scenes were amazing. Especially that ending one. Not high art... but good fun. His recent stuff... uh, yeah. Not good. Giallo is just... not good, and it's no wonder Adrien Brody tried to block it's release. Had potential but it soon escalated into... not good.
May 20, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST
Guess it was a money issue and it was resolved... ahk, kind of wish it wasn't...
May 20, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST
for the sheer outrageous twists and funny insanity! They're great entertainment... but not scary. I don't understand why anyone would find "Suspiria" serious. I mean that scene where the blind man calls that evil schoolmaster a bitch? Hilarious.
May 20, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST
I know nothing about these movies being talked about, but that's a great head! Most movies when they try some disembodied head of an actor, it doesn't even look like the person. That's dead on.
May 20, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST
Shows why CGI should never have replaced practical effects work
May 20, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST
Me? I'm with SMINKYPINKY. Buckets of colored Karo syrup do not a movie make! Argento = crap. Even Suspiria is just meh.
May 20, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST
Deep Red Inferno Suspiria Opera Tenebre Phenomena As for Dracula, i saw th trailer and boy does it look like shit.
May 20, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST
by Christian Sylvain
How he got into special effects is a mystery....
May 20, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST
Ray Liotta, in Hannibal, allowing his head to be cut open and part of his brain to be sauteed and fed to him. THAT'S dedication, too. Tell me one other actor who allowed his head to be cut open like a pop top on camera. I'm waiting...
May 20, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST
He's gone the way of a lot of the horror movie greats. What the hell happens to these guys?
May 20, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...that's the essentials. I might toss 4 Flies on there, too. Argento was a master of the suspenseful set piece and if you have any loe for the craft of film making there are sequences in nearly all his early films that are just breathtaking. The last few years, though? Do You Like Hitchcock, Giallo, The Card Player (although it does have one great set piece very reminiscent of the good old days), even Sleepless...they're not just bad, it's like they were made by another person. I'll give Mother of Tears a pass even though it was as bad as the rest, just because it finally brought the Three Mothers to a close.
May 20, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...was probably the last time I felt like I'd seen an Argento movie when the credits rolled. Since then there have only been occasional flashes of his signature style.
May 20, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST
Did Dracula 3D have any Goblin music in it? Gutted to think that its a bad movie i love all his older films and i know his stuff may not apeal to others i just really enjoyed his filmaking! who knows maybe i will enjoy it!
May 20, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST
May 20, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST
It's kinda like PRINCE OF DARKNESS and THEY LIVE for Carpenter... while a lot of people love those movies (and I can give it to them that they had good ideas), there was something about them that felt a bit.. stupid or dead... like the soul was missing or something. It probably had something to do with plot points that went nowhere, or funny but stupid 10 minute fight scenes over wearing a pair of shades. Anyways, I would agree that Stendhal Syndrome and Trauma were the first indications that something changed with Dario, and it's just sad to see. The thing is: I can understand if there are those who think he sucks or whatever. I personally love everything from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (which, while he didn't direct the whole movie, he did help write it and I believe did have something to do with the direction of the opening, which is pretty classic Dario), BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE up to TENEBRE (with maybe the exception of the criminally boring INFERNO, which once again [like PRINCE OF DARKNESS and THEY LIVE] had some cool ideas but just didn't really go anywhere with them). I can concur that his stories were rather simply and straighforward, and similar to Shamalayan heavily relied on the twist and anticlimax... but frankly I don't care, as he still HAD a unique vision. Hell, just watch DEEP RED and then HALLOWEEN and you'll see that if there was no Dario Argento there would be no John Carpenter, who damn near copied his cinematography to the T (not that I mind). It's just sad... you think to yourself: "Does someone have to strap them in a chair and rewatch the movies they made, so they can take notes on the visuals much less HOW they were done? Hell, they were THERE when it was filmed to begin with! How can they forget their own style?!" There should be a checklist with these guys: - a few, nice waist-level camera glide involving macro-photography or architecture. - a decent enough twist to fit with the plot. - some nice gliding tracking shots where the subject in the foreground (while moving) is stationary while the background is moving around it. - some kick-ass soundtrack involving keyboards (NOT heavy metal music) that you may consider cheesy, but the rest of us consider to be classic Carpenter or Goblin. Seriously, how hard is this? It may be a "rinse and repeat" gesture, but at least deliver the goods. THE WARD showed a "bit" of potential in that the waist-level camera glide shots were back, but the music, acting and plot was boring and it all just seemed so half hearted. The thing is, even with the plot (and it's predictable SHUTTER ISLAND ending) if it had the Carpenter music (including stingers) and some better acting (along with some nudity, as there were plenty of opportunities), it could have been alright. Ah well... at least we still have SUSPIRIA and THE THING, among their immediate predecessors and successors.
May 20, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST
QUINT: NOOOO!!!! You've seen the new 3D DARIO ARGENTO DRACULA?!?!? Where?!?!?! Will we get it in the states?!?! Sorry to hear you don't like it, it probably does suck but I'm gonna see it anyhow.
May 20, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST
Yeah, Tenebre and Suspiria are great - Great visually, great soundtracks... But they are NOT horror films. Dario's films always get mis-marketed! He's never made anything scary and the stuff isn't horror but it's cool in it's own way.
May 20, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST
My main problems with Dario and other Itallian directors is their complete lack of giving a fuck about bad dubbing and syncing and language issues.
May 20, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST
But some of the best films ever made came from Itallian cinema. Especially the Sergio Leone stuff... Ironically, in the case of Once upon a time in the West, Dario Argento wrote it!
May 20, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST
May 20, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...yep. If you got the sense they were experimenting with new things or trying to expand their range as film makers it would be easier to accept their later output, even if the movies they made were still failures. But it really is exactly as you described it, like they forgot the tools they used to make their best movies. When you see Ice T and Natasha Henstridge walk off at the end of Ghosts of Mars in a sad parody of the final shot in Assault on Precinct 13 it's just painful, because there's no context to the moment, the movie's done nothing to build the characters or even the location in a way that makes that moment mean anything. When Asia Argento escapes the something scary in the museum to emerge into a dark and deserted street in Mother of Tears and you're watching, waiting for the reveal or stinger you know is coming, because that's the beat that sells the sequence, that's the beat Argento always knew to deliver, and the movie just cuts to the next scene, you're left wondering how that could even happen. I'll only differ on you with Carpenter in the smallest of ways. I do love Prince of Darkness. The movie is undone by: 1. Some of the worst acting to ever grace a Carpenter film. Jameson Parker's porn mustache gives a better performance than the rest of his body and Lisa Blount operates at two speeds; pouting shyly and pouting bravely. And Dennis Dunn gave a performance that suggested he thought he was still acting in Big Trouble in Little China. 2. A script that needed at least another draft. The romantic scenes between Parker and Blount were going to hurt just based on the banality of their performances, but it didn't help that they were given lines like 'You talk numbers, you get romantic. You talk people, you clam up'. There are plenty more like that one. But... Prince of Darkness has one of the very best Carpenter soundtracks, some gorgeous shots, a wonderful performance by Victor Wong and that extraordinary device of having the moment when the world began to end inserted into the characters' dreams. That bit alone, with the shadowed figure stepping toward the open door of the church, with the grainy picture of the voice over is better than most horror movies in their entirety. Yeah, I kind of love Prince of Darkness, flawed as it is. I'd put it down as Carpenter's grasp maybe exceeding his reach (as a screenwriter and with the budget he'd been given) more than the start of him forgetting what got him there.
May 20, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST
I'm sad to say this. When I first discovered this website I was toatally stoked. I would hear about movies I wanted to see and there was more often than not different things to see and read most days. Now I visit once a week at the most as A) This site feels more like a mainstream movie website and B) I discovered a film (and other) website that gives me the fix I need. One of the big reasons I like this other site is that they refuse all offers of set visitis and the like. The comments sections don't degenerate into homophobic or misogynistic rants or "you dont like the movie I like therefore you suck". And everytime I see 'First' in the comments I wish I could reach through the computer and throttle the person who wrote it. I mean come on, First.... big whoop, wanna fight about it. So long Used to be Cool news. You don't like the movie's I like, ergo 'you suck".
May 20, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST
Susperia & Profondo Rosso primarily. They're stylistically quite unique. For me all of Argentos strengths & weaknesses came together and helped those two films for the better. Movies like Bird w/Crystal Plumage, Cat 'O Nine Tails, Inferno, Tenebre, Phenomena, Opera all have some good moments, but overall are quite flawed. They're not bad, though. They're certainly fun. The rest of his films - the less said the better. Argento reminds me of Lucio Fulci. Both have obvious strengths & weaknesses in their work. But everything managed to came together and work to create a few surprisingly effective movies. In Fulcis case, Beyond & Zombie 2 IMO. There's a unique dream-like quality to them.
May 20, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...I think you're playing too rough. Which isn't to say I disagree much with the Argento and Fulci movies you single out as their best. I did a spur of the moment list recently of my picks for the best 100 horror movies ever. You nailed the two Fulcis that made the top 100, though I also had House By the Cemetery and City of the Living Dead in my cheat list of about another hundred honorable mentions. If memory serves Suspiria and Tenebrae were the two Argentos, with Deep Red, Phenomena and Opera making the also rans. Maybe Inferno, too. It has a train wreck of a plot, even by Argento's standards, but it is a pretty movie. But you know there are great moments in Fulci's Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Aenigma, heck even Murder Rock has its moments and I wouldn't turn my back on Zombi 3 (2). Admittedly, the less said about Demonia the better. And I'll happily defend Four Flies on Grey Velvet and Stendhal, not as Argento's best but as superior horror films. The scenes of Asia Argento looking at the paintings in Stendhal are really quite good, and the movie probably contains her best performance in anything.
May 20, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oemn4VbbFg Just look out for the praying mantis! Wait... what?
May 20, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST
I cringe at the thought of Dracula 3D.
May 20, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST
May 21, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST
Never saw this movie because it looked like the character dies by being be-headed and I figured I knew how it ended
May 21, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST
It takes conscious muscle control to open a mouth that wide. A dead head could have it's mouth open, but not to that degree. Otherwise, nice head.
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