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Forever My Queen

Posted in Random Talk on October 7, 2009 by eibonblog

In addition to the last ode to Valerie Leon, anyone who has any interest in perhaps the great living example of the ultimate English rose might be interested in seeing her giving an illustrated talk about her career:


An Ode to Valerie Leon

Posted in Random Talk on October 6, 2009 by eibonblog

Of all the beautiful film actresses associated with cult films (or any films for that matter) my very favourite of all time has always been Valerie Leon. I first saw her in a Carry On film, and ever since that point I have been in love. I just wish she had appeared in more films. Anyhow less talk, and more homage to the incredible beauty that is Valerie Leon…

Valerie Leon Valerie Leon

As Pentagram once sang… forever my queen. She’s still pretty gorgeous today at 64.

Here’s a wonderful recent-ish interview with her

Click here for YouTube Interview

Bad Computer!

Posted in Random Talk on July 8, 2009 by eibonblog

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. My computer that I do all the hard work on has died, and I am in the process of building a new ultra home cinema/gaming PC. The Giallithon is still continuing though, so expect a load of reviews to come all at once!

Goblin to play UK date

Posted in Random Talk with tags on May 2, 2009 by eibonblog

Legendary band and supplier of some of the best music in cult films, Goblin, are starting to play several live dates again after a 32 year absence from the stage. Most excitingly (well for me) they are playing just down the road from me in Birmingham at the Supersonic Festival which runs from the 24th to the 26th of July:
Supersonic Festival 2009It goes without saying that I have already got my ticket, especially as the almighty Corrupted and The Accused are also playing.

The full Goblin lineup is Fabio Pignatelli, Maurizio Guarini, Massimo Morante, Agostino Marangolo and Aidan Zammit. They have already played Austria this month, and here’s a random review I found on the internet about that gig:

“Holy mother, what a fantastic concert!

Goblin are back and they have so much musical energy, it’s incredible. They were really enjoying themselves on stage, set appropriately in an eerie medieval church – a great atmospheric backdrop. Fabio and Agostino created a furious rhythmical foundation. You just gotta love it when Fabio’s significant style of playing switches between delicate and funky and then dives off into plain heavy intensity. My greatest respects also to Agostino – he really pumped it up (“E Suono Rock” was one aggressive beast! God, I loved it!) and brought a lot of versatility to the tracks we have known for so long. Massimo seemed to have a lot of fun and seamlessly blended suspenseful, mellow and fiery riffs. He also did the introductory words for the band’s comeback in German (with a little help Wink) Maurizio and Aidan created the dense and intricate synth soundscapes ranging from dark to upbeat, from downright chilling to quiet and gentle (as in “Aquaman”). Joyous Aidan is a great addition to the lineup, he did several soli and most of the vocal parts. Imagine a “Paura” vocoder duel with Maurizio on “Tenebre”!

We were treated to a great flow of tracks from “Profondo Rosso”, “Roller”, “Suspiria”, “Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “Tenebre”, “Phenomena” and “BTTG”. They opened with “Magic Thriller” and closed with an encore from, well, I am not going to spoil the excitement for you by posting a track list. I was so thrilled I probably wouldn’t get it right anyway. I hardly dared to go back home afterwards in the dark, I was scared Laughing Thank you so much for choosing Austria for your stage return, it was an unforgettable evening!

If anyone from Goblin is reading this: Pleeeaase consider a live release or treat us with some video clips of your performance! Austrian television was filming and there was a stage camera (well, at least a sporadic one) so I can only hope this footage will surface eventually.”

I am seriously excited!

To blog or not to blog? Is that a question?

Posted in Blue Underground, Dario Argento, Random Talk with tags , , on April 30, 2009 by eibonblog

I’ve been a bit quiet of late due to collecting rather than actually watching the films. I’ve been gathering together all the Jean Rollin directed films I don’t already have, all the Hammer Horror films I don’t own, and completing my Giallo library (using spreadsheets no less!). It’s very geeky work, but very worthwhile. It makes me realise just how many more of these films I am still yet to see! It’s a nice feeling to know that many of my potential future favourites could potentially be undiscovered. I just wish I had more time in the day to watch them!

 Also I’ve recently received Blu-ray copies of Two Evil Eyes (1990) and Vanishing Point (1971), which I haven’t had a chance to watch fully yet, but after a quick glance I can say they are huge improvements on what has been released before. I do so love high definition. It really lets the films shine as they were originally intended. With Blue Underground already on the Blu train, and Severin with several titles on the way… I really hope some more of the cult labels follow suit.

 Other exciting news is that Shameless films have confirmed that their print for Footprints (1975) aka Le Orme is looking fantastic and is confirmed for an August 2009 release. I simply cannot wait! It’s one of the finest examples of a trippy giallo there is, and as yet has only been available from a very washed out VHS source.