[Hangmen, Masques and Secrets: The Italian Horror in the Sixties]
Italy, 2019, 75’
by Steve Della Casa
Sceneggiatura/Screenplay Steve Della Casa – Fotografia/Cinematography Giulio Bottini – Montaggio/Editing Graziano Falzone – Suono/Sound Carlo Fanfoni – Effetti visivi/Visual Effects Fausto Vitali – Produttore/Producer Pierfrancesco Fiorenza – Produzione/Production Produzione Straordinaria – Distribuzione italiana/Italian Distribution Compass Film
In the Sixties, horror cinema experienced a new season of great successes all over the world. For the first time, even in Italy the production of small films is underway and they have a big success all over the world and that constitute a sort of Italian approach to the genre. With the contribution of some masters (Dario Argento, Pupi Avati) and important French film critics (Frédéric Bonnaud, Jean Gili, Jean-François Rauger, Bertrand Tavernier), we retrace the peculiarities and strengths of a very original approach to horror, in which pop aesthetics and transgressive contents play a very important role that makes the Italian production of the decade unique.