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Italy returns to horror with The Darkside

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on September 10, 2009

The Darkside

by Deljhp – 24FramesperSecond.net

Back in the 60s and 70s Italy was a powerhouse of big budget, low budget and let’s face it no budget horror movie making. Film makers like Mario Bava, Ruggero Deodata, Lucio Fulci and of course Dario Argento shocked and appalled audiences with gratuitous nudity, violence and gore. Then sadly at the end of the 80s, it all just…. stopped and one of the few significant Italian horror movies of recent years was Dellamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man), directed by Michele Soavi. So that’s the short history lesson of woe, onto the good news.

Looking like its taking a big leaf from the book of some of the earlier classics, The Darkside a new gore filled Italian horror is on the way. Directed by Gerard Diefenthal, The Darkside promises Witches, devils, dogs from hell, exorcism and yes you guessed it … blood by the bucket load. So will it be any good? The short answer, it’s too early to tell. So far there’s only the poster, some pics and a very short teaser to go on. But the fact that anyone in Italy has returned to making exploitation splatter horror is fine by us! Synopsis: In the summer of 1587 the inhabitants of Triora – a small village in the mountains ligurian – exhausted by a long famine begin to suspect that their ills were caused by a small commune of women who live a secluded life nearby. Accusing the women of being evil witches, the mayor of the village appeals to the church for help and two priests are despatched to investigate. On arriving they immediately arrested several women and subject them to unspeakable torture. Forced to implicate their friends the number of innocent people in prison soon rises. The process goes on for two long years and several women die from the hardship in prison. Seeking to end the scandal once and for all, commissioner Scribani of the holy inquisition condemns all 6 remaining women to death. Centuries later the six witches burned alive, resurrect via a pact with the demon Pazoozoo. Their only thought is revenge.

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