Arturo Dominici was an Italian actor and dubbing artist. Born in Palermo, Dominici became best known for his many villainous roles in horror and fantasy films, he is best remembered for his performance as the monstrous Igor Javuto in Mario Bava's Black Sunday and the evil Eurysteus in the 1958 Steve Reeves epic Hercules. His filmography includes more than 80 titles, including Antonio Margheriti's Castle of Blood, in which he appeared with Black Sunday star Barbara Steele. Dominici dubbed the voice of Austrian actor Walter Ladengast in the Italian release version of Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre. Dominici's daughter, Germana, is an Italian stage actress. Dominici is buried in Rome. Arturo Dominici on IMDb de:Arturo Dominici German biography
Barbara Steele is an English film actress and producer. She is best known for starring in Italian gothic horror films of the 1960s, her breakthrough performance was the dual role of Princess Asa Vajda and Katia Vajda in Mario Bava's Black Sunday. Additionally, Steele had supporting parts in Federico Fellini's 8½, appeared on television in the 1991 miniseries Dark Shadows. Steele has appeared in several films in the 2010s, including a lead role in The Butterfly Room and supporting role in Ryan Gosling's Lost River. Steele was born in Birkenhead, England, she studied art in Paris at the Sorbonne. Steele guest starred on various British television shows including the spy drama, Danger Man starring Patrick McGoohan, she made her American television debut in 1960 as Dolores in the "Daughter of Illusion" episode of the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. In that same year she was replaced by Barbara Eden in the Elvis Presley film Flaming Star after a disagreement with director Don Siegel.
In 1961, she appeared as Phyllis in the "Beta Delta Gamma" episode of CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She had an important role in Federico Fellini's celebrated 8½ in 1963, in 1966 appeared in the second season episode of NBC's I Spy, "Bridge of Spies". Steele starred in a string of horror films, including Black Sunday, The Horrible Dr. Hichcock, The Ghost directed by Riccardo Freda, The Long Hair of Death and Roger Corman's 1961 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Pit and the Pendulum, among others, she starred in Castle of Blood, Terror-Creatures from the Grave and Nightmare Castle, Curse of the Crimson Altar. Steele returned to the horror genre in the 1970s, appearing in three horror films, Silent Scream and David Cronenberg's Shivers. Steele served as associate producer of the 1983 TV mini-series, The Winds of War, was a producer for its 1988 sequel and Remembrance, for which she shared the 1989 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special with executive producer Dan Curtis.
Steele was cast as Julia Hoffman in the 1991 remake of the 1960s ABC television series Dark Shadows. In 2010, she was a guest star in The Night Whispers. In 2010, actor-writer Mark Gatiss interviewed Steele about her role in Black Sunday for his BBC documentary series A History of Horror. In 2012, Gatiss again interviewed Steele about her role in David Cronenberg's Shivers for his follow-up documentary, Horror Europa. In 2014, she appeared in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, the drama-fantasy thriller film Lost River, in which she portrayed the character Belladonna in a supporting role. Steele married American screenwriter James Poe in 1969. Works cited Frank, Alan G.. The Horror Film Handbook. Barnes & Noble. ISBN 978-0-389-20260-8. Hogan, David J.. Dark Romance: Sexuality in the Horror Film. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-40474-2. Barbara Steele on IMDb Barbara Steele at AllMovie Barbara Steele biography on Search my Trash Watch Barbara Steele in Nightmare Castle
Battle of the Worlds
Battle of the Worlds is a 1961Italian science fiction film directed by Antonio Margheriti, The film stars Claude Rains, Bill Carter and Maya Brent. Dr. Fred Steele and Eve Barnett work together at an astronomical station on a bucolic island. Steele has just had his request for a transfer approved, he and Eve look forward to leaving the island and getting married. However, their budding romance is put on hold as the station's scientists learn they must deal with a rogue planet—"The Outsider"—that has entered the solar system, and, on a collision course with Earth; the brilliant but cantankerous Professor Benson, living in an adjacent greenhouse with his dog Gideon, predicts that the Outsider will not strike the Earth but will make a close pass—a prediction that no other scientist will endorse. Meanwhile, a military base on Mars encounters the stray planet on its approach to Earth, Commander Robert Cole and his wife Cathy travel to the island outpost from Mars to help with the effort; the base scientists are elated when the Outsider passes the earth at a distance of 95,000 miles, just as Benson predicted.
But Benson himself is stunned. He concludes that the Outsider must be controlled by an alien intelligence, he calls upon the world's scientific governing council to destroy it without delay. Against Benson's wishes, an expedition is launched to make a close study of the new planet; as the exploratory spacecraft approach, a number of disc-shaped alien spaceships emerge from beneath the planet's surface, destroying the Earth vessels. The phantom planet begins spiraling inward toward the Earth, creating hurricanes and storms, the beginning of the end appears to be near. Professor Benson discovers that the alien ships are computer-controlled, he devises a way to seize control of them from the Outsider. Benson is given the opportunity to join an expedition to the Outsider, to learn something of its underground base. Meanwhile, a plan is hatched to launch an all-out attack against the planet, in the hope that a massive nuclear strike will break the planet apart. Benson's expedition discovers a race of humanoid creatures dead at the controls of their planet-spaceship, as the automated systems continue their work without purpose.
But the expedition has overrun its allotted time, the order is given to begin the attack. It is a race against time as the members of the expedition try to get back to the ship before the nuclear warheads strike. Cathy is mortally wounded in the attempt to flee the Outsider. Benson refuses insisting that life without scientific knowledge is not worth living, he sees a way to communicate with the Outsider and program it to leave. The warheads reach their target, the Outsider is destroyed; as the exploratory ship returns to Earth, Commander Cole speaks Benson's epitaph: "Poor Benson—if they'd opened up his chest, they would only find a formula where his heart should have been". The screen fades out on Benson's little dog waiting for him by the window. Claude Rains as Professor Benson Bill Carter as Cmdr. Robert Cole Umberto Orsini as Dr. Fred Steele Maya Brent as Eve Barnett Jacqueline Derval as Mrs. Collins Battle of the Worlds was released in Italy in 1961 as Il pianeta degli uomini spenti. From retrospective reviews, Phil Hardy's book Science Fiction referred to the film as one of Margheriti's "most humorous, stylish, effortlessly transcending the crudities of the script and special effects."
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Margarete Robsahm is a Norwegian model and director. She is sister of the actor Fred Robsahm. To an international audience, she is best known for her role in Castle of Blood with Barbara Steele, but she has starred in Norwegian movies, among these Line from 1961; the movie was based on a novel by Axel Jensen and caused a minor scandal in Norway at the time, as Robsahm was the first actress to expose her breasts in a Norwegian movie. In March 2008, Robsahm came in the media's spotlight for having received NOK 2.3 million over sixteen years in government funding for the arts, without having produced a single movie. Though no criticism was levelled at Robsahm, questions were raised about the government stipendiary system. Fem døgn i august Oltraggio al pudore Danza macabra The Young Racers Diciottenni al sole Il mantenuto Line Begynnelsen på en historie Margarete Robsahm on IMDb
All Soul's Eve
All Soul's Eve is a 1921 American silent drama film. The film is based on the mystical 1920 Broadway play of the same name by Anne Crawford Flexner. Produced and distributed by Paramount offshoot Realart Pictures, All Soul's Eve was directed by Chester Franklin and starred Mary Miles Minter, who played two parts in the same scene through the use of double exposure; some people believe that All Soul's Eve is the one night of the year when the spirits of the dead can appear to the living, the film's plot revolves around this belief. The film is now considered lost. Lead actress Mary Miles Minter had been involved in a romance with film director William Desmond Taylor, in 1921, after breaking off the affair, he was brutally murdered, his murder was never solved, but the press speculated that Minter may have been involved, although there was no evidence of that. The film's subject matter deals with reincarnation. Based upon a summary in a film publication, Nora O'Hallahan comes to America only to find her mother dead.
The Irish girl takes a position as the nurse for the Heath's child. Alice Heath is killed and, after losing himself through his grief, the artist husband Roger receives inspiration through Nora, who has grown marvelously like the dead wife through her love for the child. Nora's belief in the return of spirits is responsible for saving the child's life, while the artist feels that Alice has returned to him in the form of Nora, he makes her his wife. Mary Miles Minter - Alice Heath / Nora O'Hallahan Jack Holt - Roger Heath Carmen Phillips - Olivia Larkin Clarence Geldart - Dr. Sandy McAllister Michael D. Moore - Peter Heath Fanny Midgley - Mrs. O'Hallahan Lottie Williams - Belle Emerson Alice Knowland Lucien Littlefield All Soul's Eve on IMDb All Soul's Eve at AllMovie
Umberto Raho was an Italian stage and television actor. Born in Bari, the son of an Italian father and a Bulgarian mother, Raho graduated in philosophy and immediately after the war, he debuted on stage. While theater was his main activity, Raho was a prolific film character actor, with over one hundred credits starting from 1948, he was active in television films and series. Raho died on 9th of January, 2016, in Anzio, Italy at the age of 93. Umberto Raho on IMDb
Ruggero Deodato is an Italian film director, has performed as both a screenwriter, an actor in both his own and other projects. During his career, he has filmed in many different genres like peplum, drama and science fiction, but he is best known for directing violent and gory horror films with strong elements of realism, he is famous for his 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust, considered one of the most controversial and brutal in the history of cinema, seized, banned or censored in many countries. It is cited as a precursor of found footage films such as The Blair Witch Project and The Last Broadcast; the film strengthened Deodato's fame as an "extreme" director and earned him the nickname "Monsieur Cannibal" in France. Due to the success and controversy of Cannibal Holocaust, Deodato has been an influence on film directors like Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth. Deodato was born in Potenza and moved to Rome with his family as a child, he went to Denmark and started as a musician playing piano and conducting a small orchestra at 7 years old.
Once back to Italy, he quit music. Deodato grew up on a farm and at eighteen grew up in the neighborhood where Rome's major film studios are located. Through a friendship with the son of Rossellini, it was there that he learned how to direct under Roberto Rossellini and Sergio Corbucci. On in the 1960s, he directed some comedy and thriller films, before leaving cinema to do TV commercials. In 1976 he returned to the big screen with his ultra-violent police flick Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man. In 1977 he directed a jungle adventure called Last Cannibal World starring British actress Me Me Lai with which he'rebooted' the cannibal film / mondo genre started years earlier by Italian director Umberto Lenzi. Late in 1979 he returned to the cannibal subgenre with the controversial Cannibal Holocaust; the film was shot in the Amazon Rainforest for a budget of about $100,000, starred Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Carl Gabriel Yorke. The film is a mockumentary about a group of filmmakers who go into the Amazon Rainforest and subsequently stage scenes of extreme brutality for a Mondo-style documentary.
During production, many cast and crew members protested the use of real animal killing in the film, including Kerman, who walked off the set. Deodato created massive controversy in Italy and all over the world following the release of Cannibal Holocaust, wrongly claimed by some to be a snuff film due to the overly realistic gore effects. Deodato was forced to reveal the secrets behind the film's special effects and to parade the lead actors before an Italian court in order to prove that they were still alive. Deodato received condemnation, still ongoing, for the use of real animal torture in his films. Despite the numerous criticisms, Cannibal Holocaust is considered a classic of the horror genre and innovative in its found footage plot structure. Deodato's film license was temporarily revoked and he would not get it back until three years which allowed him to release his 1980 thriller The House on the Edge of the Park, the most censored of the'video nasties' in the United Kingdom for its graphic violence.
His Cut and Run is a jungle adventure thriller, containing nudity, extreme violence and the appearance of Michael Berryman as a crazed, machete-wielding jungle man. In the 1980s, he made some other slasher/horror films, including Body Count, Phantom of Death and Dial Help. In the 1990s he turned to dramas with some success. In 2007, he made a cameo appearance in Hostel: Part II in the role of a cannibal. Deodato has made about two dozen films and TV series, his films covering many different genres, including many action films, a western, a barbarian film and a family film called Mom I Can Do It. Deodato was married to actress Silvia Dionisio from 1971 to 1979, he has a son from the marriage. His current partner is Micaela Rocco. Harvey Fenton, Julian Grainger, Gian Luca Castoldi, Cannibal Holocaust: And the Savage Cinema of Ruggero Deodato, FAB Press, 1999 Ruggero Deodato on IMDb