It’s been awhile since last we reported on the Italian giallo-esque thriller Tulpa, but finally we have a brand new red-band trailer and a few stills for you cats to dig on. There’s still no US release date, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground.
Directed by Federico Zampaglione, Tulpa (review) stars Claudia Gerini, Michele Placido, Nuot Arquint, Michela Cescon and Ennio Tozzi.
Giallo returns to the Italian cinema fore in a sensational new horror thriller from spaghetti superstar Federico (SHADOW) Zampaglione. Meet Lisa Boeri, the ultimate driven professional at the top of her corporate game. But by night Lisa frequents the notorious Club Tulpa, owned by a mysterious Tibetan guru. There, unshackled from repression and guilt, Lisa will do anything with any stranger to attain a higher Zen consciousness. Suddenly her lovers start getting murdered in shocking ways. Lisa can’t go to the police because of the scandal impacting on her day job. So she tries to unmask the anonymous assassin herself… with truly nightmare consequences.
“A Tulpa is a manifestation of mental energy,” explains Zampaglione. “It’s an entity that attains reality solely by the act of imagination. It’s supposed to help you, but sometimes things go wrong and it can become very sinister”.
Not content with just making Tulpa a fanboy homage, Zampaglione set out to create a “neo-giallo,” bringing this iconic 70’s genre into the 21st century. “We knew what worked in the genre, but we were also aware of its shortcomings, and that is why we test screened a rough cut of the film to an audience at London’s FrightFest,” continues Zampaglione. “We shot the film in English so we needed to gauge the response of an English speaking audience, and as a result of that screening we took the film back to the editing room and cut out 20 minutes”.
Tulpa went on to wow audiences at Sitges, San Sebastian and recently won a jury award at Noir Fest in Courmayeur.
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