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Michele Soavi Returns

Michele Soavi!Actor/Director Michele Soavi has spent many years away from the horror genre. Since his last horror pic, Cemetery Man (review), Soavi has been directing various Italian TV shows … but that is about to change.

Being an avid fan of Cemetery Man / Dellamorte Dellamore, I was more than a little ecstatic when Fangoria announced Michele Soavi was coming back to our genre with a picture called Catacombs Club which is scheduled to starting shooting this summer.

According to Fango, Catacombs Club is a “strange tale of a rich Russian married couple building a casino-cum-disco in London’s West End. The wife wants to be a headline singer in the club; only problem is, she’s completely tone-deaf and can’t carry a tune, so her husband hires a singing teacher to help her fulfil her dream ambition. As construction begins on the site, a drunken accident finds the instructor falling into a recently uncovered passageway that leads to a kingdom of strange creatures. They’ve gone undiscovered since their burial during the Roman invasion 2,000 years before, and the teacher is shocked to learn they know nothing of the surface world. He’s even more surprised when he falls in love with She, a female creatures with the most beautiful voice he has ever heard…

More to come soon!

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Mike Phalin

Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and KrytenSyxx. During the early 1980s, Phalin's love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects. In his twenties, Mike met Steve 'Uncle Creepy' Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities. After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E's home improvement show 'Fix This Yard' in 2013. This event rekindled Mike's love of the entertainment industry. Between the time he spends being with his family, Michael continues to contribute to Dread Central both with writing and photography. In his mid-thirties, Phalin took up oil painting after being inspired by an episode of Bob Ross. Pieces of his artwork and photography can be found on his Tumblr and official website.

  • thedudeabides

    Yeah, I was really let down by Ghost Son also.

  • sonny gaunt

    I hope that Ghost Son(L BAVA) is not a sign of things to come out of Italy next year. I would’ve taken a shot to the pills than watch that again.

  • Johnny Truant

    “Stagefright” is fun and “Dellamorte Dellamore” is a classic. “The Church” is….interesting, but horribly incoherent and choppy. Here is hoping for something special though. Between this and “Mother of Tears”, it seems Italian horror is making a slight comeback!

  • plagiarize

    ah yes. one of the many so called ‘Demons 3’ films out there.

    i just remember all kinds of strange creatures in a church. been a while since i watched it. should rectify that.

  • Johnny Butane

    Don’t forget The Church; pure head fuckiness, that one.

  • plagiarize

    Soavi…

    2008 gets off to an amazing start. Dellamorte Dellamore is incredible, and Stagefright isn’t half bad either.

  • Blockbuster

    Ok…that’s definitely strange…but how is that horror? Sounds more like a romance to me…well…except for the tone-deaf wife…that’s kinda scary…

  • thedudeabides

    A return of Soavi is always a good thing.

  • Johnny Butane

    Two (arguably overused) words; Hell yes.