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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:29 am  Reply with quote



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Distribution rights for Raffaele Picchio's Italian gladiator horror movie Morituris are to be offered for sale by Fingerchop Movie Production s.r.l. at this year's European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, Germany; the movie is scheduled to be screened at Parliament Studio on February 13th at 1:30 p.m. (13:30).

A set of ten large (1000 x 500) stills from Morituris has been added to GOMORRAHY.com. There are two teaser trailers for the movie on the official website and MySpace official page for it.

Morituris features special make-up effects by Sergio Stivaletti.

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Morituris official website (w/ 2 teaser trailers)

MySpace: Morituris official page (w/ 2 teaser trailers)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:15 pm  Reply with quote



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There are several new posters for - as well as a review in Italian of - Morituris on the website of Indie.Horror.it.

Indie.Horror.it: Morituris Italian-language review (w/ new posters - viewer discretion is advised)

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Morituris still #09 (JPEG - larger version of the image above)

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Morituris official website (w/ 2 teaser trailers)

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 10:26 pm  Reply with quote



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A promo video for Morituris has been added to YouTube. Also, the official website for the movie is now functional.

According to the official website for Morituris, the movie stars Valentina D'Andrea, Désirée Giorgetti, Andrea De Bruyn, Giuseppe Nitti, Simone Ripanti, and Francesco Malcom Trulli.

Here's a synopsis for Morituris from the official website for the movie: "Rome, in 73 B.C.. Spartacus led the rebellion of 200 gladiators which saw them opposed to the inhumanity which Rome had forced them into. During the riot they resisted for a long time against Roman soldiers. Few against a whole army. Some of them went crazy and started murders, rapes and violence. Spartacus punished them with death. But in those lands, when blood gets shed, they come back."

YouTube: Morituris promo video

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 2:25 am  Reply with quote



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Morituris is scheduled to have its world première at this year's Fantasy Horror Award in Orvieto, Italy on June 3rd; it's to be presented in Italian with English subtitles. It's also scheduled to be screened at this year's Roma3FilmTeatroFest in Rome on June 11th.

YouTube: Morituris promo video

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:37 pm  Reply with quote



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FEARnet found Morituris to be "a brutal, unrelenting, and frequently unpredictable piece of survival horror." According to Twitch, "it's a sort of a peplum-slasher (probably the first of its kind), but the approach resembles a lot that of the recent French new wave of horror movies. If you liked those flicks, you will probably like this one too." In the opinion of Bloody Disgusting, "Morituris might just be the most vile movie since, maybe ever?"

Whether or not Twitch's comparison of Morituris to "the recent French new wave of horror movies" is valid, the movie apparently does resemble Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's Inside (À l'intérieur) in at least one respect: scissors are memorably used in it, too... although in it the scissoring is of a sexual nature. Fangoria editor Chris Alexander's comparison of it to Lucio Fulci's The New York Ripper (Lo squartatore di New York) seems quite credible.

Bloody Disgusting's hysterical reaction to Morituris in its "Negative 100 million out of 5 Skulls" review resembles the hysterical reaction to Lucky McKee's even more controversial The Woman - a movie that it plans to release theatrically in the U.S. in October, under its Bloody Disgusting Selects label. Perhaps its ostentatiously anti-chauvinist review is meant to be seen as evidence that it wouldn't distribute a movie that wallows in misogyny, as a number of critics have denounced The Woman as being such a movie - as exploiting that which it purports to condemn.

FEARnet:
Morituris review
http://www.fearnet.com/news/reviews/b23354_fantasia_fest_2011_morituris_review.html
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From the moment the cruelty begins, Morituris becomes awash in bleak, oppressive horror. Characters are brutally abused and left wandering naked into even worse fates; the music and the cinematography are consistently unnerving; there's an feverish and savage edge to the proceedings that most horror films wouldn't have the stones to explore. There's actually a lot to like about this nasty little horror flick, not the least of which is that it may mark a small return to form for the horror-lovin' nation of Italy.


Twitch:
Morituris review
http://twitchfilm.com/reviews/2011/08/fantasia-2011-morituris-review.php
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This deranged film belongs to the crazy section of movie-goers and its mean spirit is dedicated to the demented souls (present company included) who can appriciate a brutal and gut wrenching film, when they stumble upon one.

. . .

There's a thin line between misanthropic fun and a hardcore exploitation film. "Morituris" uses scissors in order to cut this line and messes with audiences expectations.

Ruggero deodato (The House on the Edge of the Park) will be proud.


Bloody Disgusting:
Morituris review
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/film/5293/review
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Taking a break from raping and kicking the women, one of the dudes calls his brother to check in. What's the brother up to? Oh, he's dripping acid on a girl's stomach but of course! She's tied up and being tortured by the brother, who then proceeds to stick a tube in her vagina and drop a mouse down it. For real. No joke. There's zero point or social relevance to ANY of this.


Sin Street Sleaze:
"Fred & Rose West: Their Snuff Film Connection?"
http://john-harrison.blogspot.com/2007/11/fred-rose-west-their-snuff-film.html
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*The video which [Geoffrey] Wansell refers to [in his biography An Evil Love: The Life of Frederick West] is Kilroy Was Here [the onscreen title of the porn loop in question is "Kill Roy Was Here"; like the onscreen title of Apocalypse Now, it appears as graffiti on a wall], a very grotty and brutal 17 minute short made in Europe in the mid-1970s by H.O.M Productions [House of Milan]. The film, shot without dialogue, has a young woman tied and gagged in a low-rent, dirty room, where she is subsequently raped by two lecherous men who let mice crawl all over her body before making them run up a plastic tube that has been inserted into her. The men also have sex with each other, before leaving the girl tied up with a lit cigarette inserted into her vagina. Although disturbing and violent, the film was legitimately available from European mail-order sources, both as an 8mm short in the 1970s, and as part of a compilation video released by Videorama in the 1980s.


YouTube: Morituris theatrical trailer (viewer discretion is advised)

YouTube: Morituris promo video

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:44 am  Reply with quote



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BTW, Bounty Films Pty. Ltd. is scheduled to release The Woman theatrically in Australia tomorrow (August 18th), under its Monster Pictures label; that movie has just been rated 'R 18+', with accompanying 'high impact violence' consumer advice, by the Classification Board of the Australian Government.

Classification Board (Australia): The Woman

YouTube: The Woman Australian theatrical trailer

The Woman official website

Monster Pictures: The Woman

Bloody Disgusting Selects: The Woman

The Hollywood Reporter:
"SUNDANCE REVIEW: 'The Woman' Full of Misogyny, Bloody Excreta" (January 27, 2011)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/sundance-review-woman-full-misogyny-86475
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PARK CITY -- (Park City at Midnight) More bloody excreta from the strangely Sundance-approved film directed by Lucky McKee, The Woman is the latest supposedly feminist horror flick to use five climactic minutes of gory male-directed payback to justify presenting an hour and a half of brutal misogyny. Not unlikely to find a home-vid following among genre fans, it could make money for distribs who don't mind being associated with it.

Like an especially perverse Lars Von Trier outing stripped of intellect, humor and artistry, the movie takes a raised-by-wolves-ish feral woman and puts her at the mercy of Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers), a caricature of condescending, wife-dominating suburban manhood.
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The following description of the aforementioned Livid has just been added to the page for the movie on the TIFF website: "Step into Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's house of horror and mystery in Livid. The duo responsible for Inside - one of Midnight Madness' most beloved and bloody past selections - are back with a cinematic beast that is wholly different from their prenatal slasher. ¶ As she copes with the suicide of her mother, Lucie (Chloé Coulloud) takes a job assisting housebound seniors lost in varying states of dementia. One of her charges is very different from the rest: a renowned dancer, Madame Jessel (Marie-Claude Pietragalla) now lies comatose in a decrepit mansion. A wizened crone hooked up to a life-support system in a room surrounded by old books and arcane artefacts, Jessel is rumoured to have a small fortune stashed somewhere in her dark and dusty home. Tempted by this tale of hidden treasure, Lucie and her two friends break into the estate in search of their ticket to a new and better life. ¶ The mysterious mansion is a gorgeously detailed labyrinth of locked doors that seems to hold no reward for the threesome - until their curiosity opens a Pandora's box of unspeakable horror that twists their night into a demented punishment for their greed. The friends find themselves tormented by Jessel and her long-dead, mute daughter in a grotesque and macabre ballet of terrors danced inside a creepy puzzle box of a home. ¶ Adding a new mythology to the old-dark-house genre, and proving that they are not bound by gore, Maury and Bustillo reunite with Inside editor Baxter (responsible for cutting High Tension and The Incident, also featured in this year's Midnight Madness lineup) and cinematographer Laurent Barès (Frontier(s)) to craft a terrifying, dreamlike realm. ¶ Rather than returning to the sledgehammer style of their previous work, the directors have created a sublime and poetic kind of nightmare, pulling in more classical and phantasmagorical sources of literary horror - well, maybe not in the case of a certain brain-munching scene."

As I previously noted, Livid is scheduled to have its world première at TIFF on September 11th; it subsequently is to be screened there on September 13th. It's scheduled to have its European première in competition at the Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg (FEFFS) in France on September 17th, and to subsequently be screened there on September 18th.

BTW, although young Chloé Marcq isn't included in either TIFF's or FEFFS' cast lists for Livid, I suspect that she/her character Anna may end up stealing the movie, based on the stills from it that I've seen!

Livid official Facebook page

TIFF: Livid

FEFFS: Livid

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Ain't It Cool News:
Morituris review (August 26, 2011)
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/50970#4
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But when the zombie gladiators do attack, whoa nelly! Picchio takes full advantage of the gladiators' arsenal of weapons to do away with the partygoers in brutal and sadistic fashion. Though one might wonder how these gladiators ever killed anything at the slow rate they move, they do prove to be formidable and evil bastards when they do catch up to their prey. It's a face splattering, spear gouging, cat-o-nine-tails whipping, sword slashing, crucifyingly good time.

MORITURIS is definitely not what you expect. I'll leave it at that. But in the end, it offers what you want out of a film about gladiator zombies: brutal kills and evil people. The less known about MORITURIS the better before going into it, but once in, gore and horror fans are not going to want this film to end!


YouTube: Morituris theatrical trailer (viewer discretion is advised)

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As I previously alluded to, and as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) entry for Morituris explicitly states, "this movie was partly inspired by true events known as the 'Circeo Massacre' (in Italian: 'Massacro del Circeo'), which occurred primarily in the commune of San Felice Circeo, Italy at the end of September of 1975. Three young men raped and tortured a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl for two days, then murdered the woman; the girl avoided being murdered by pretending to be dead."

With regard to the repeated use of the word "anophthalmia" in The Woman - each time by Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers) in reference to his daughter 'Socket' Cleek (Alexa Marcigliano) - unilateral anophthalmia is the congenital absence of one eye, and bilateral anophthalmia is the congenital absence of both eyes. BTW, if The Woman uses feminist commentary as a pretext for wallowing in misogyny, does this mean that it's a feministsploitation movie?

YouTube: Morituris theatrical trailer (viewer discretion is advised)

Morituris official website (w/ theatrical trailer - viewer discretion is advised)

Fantastic Forge: Morituris

Wikipedia: "Massacro del Circeo" (in Italian)

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YouTube: The Woman Australian theatrical trailer

The Woman official website

Monster Pictures: The Woman

Bloody Disgusting Selects: The Woman

Wikipedia: "Anophthalmia"
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Morituris is scheduled to be screened at this year's Sitges Film Festival in Spain tomorrow (October 14th), and at this year's Night Visions Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland on October 28th.

Here's a description of Morituris from the Night Visions Film Festival website: "Despite having its roots firmly in the ground of contemporary gorno cinema and reminding us of the horrific acts of violence portrayed in the likes of The Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave, Morituris stands in a league of its own. Featuring special effects by the Italian master of the craft Sergio Stivaletti, this story of bloodthirsty gladiators coming back to life in the backwoods of today’s Italy has been compared to the works of the legendary Lucio Fulci."

YouTube: Morituris theatrical trailer (viewer discretion is advised)

Morituris official website (w/ theatrical trailer - viewer discretion is advised)

Sitges Film Festival: Morituris

Night Visions Film Festival: Morituris

Ain't It Cool News: Morituris review

Twitch: Morituris review
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Distribution rights for Morituris are to be offered for sale by Boll World Sales (Boll AG) at this year's American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California.

YouTube: Morituris theatrical trailer (viewer discretion is advised)

Morituris official website (w/ theatrical trailer - viewer discretion is advised)

Night Visions Film Festival: Morituris

Ain't It Cool News: Morituris review

Twitch: Morituris review
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Above is a French theatrical poster for Livid; linked to below is a much larger (1540 x 2048) version of it.

Livid French theatrical poster (JPEG - larger version of the above)


Poster source: GOMORRAHY.com: Trailer Park subsite (an "NSFW ghetto", and unabashedly so!)
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A theatrical trailer for Livid was added yesterday to YouTube.

YouTube: Livid theatrical trailer


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London-based StudioCanal Limited is scheduled to release Livid on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. on August 13th; both the DVD and Blu-ray are now available for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk (Amazon EU SARL).

YouTube: Livid theatrical trailer

Amazon.co.uk: Livid U.K. DVD

Amazon.co.uk: Livid U.K. Blu-ray


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Morituris is scheduled to be screened at this year's Cinestrange Filmfestival in Dresden, Germany on August 4th.

YouTube: Morituris theatrical trailer (viewer discretion is advised)

Morituris official website (w/ theatrical trailer - viewer discretion is advised)

Cinestrange Filmfestival: Morituris

Ain't It Cool News: Morituris review

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