Sure, when you think of gothic Italian horror, you probably instantly think of Mario Bava. Yet other filmmakers — like the four in this new set from Arrow — show that when it comes to the gothic, no one does it like Italy:
Massimo Pupillo’s Lady Morgan’s Vengeance: Romance and mystery. Sadism and the supernatural. And oh yeah — a newlywed rich man works with his mad to try and kill his new wife.
Alberto De Martino’s The Blancheville Monster: Two of my favorite things: family curses and madmen in the attic!
Mino Guerinni’s The Third Eye: Franco Nero in a gothic horror? Well, if I wasn’t getting this set already, right?
Damiano Damiani’s The Witch: A young historian works for an elderly woman but becomes trapped by his obsessive love for her young daughter.
Four lesser-known monochrome gems from Italy’s peak gothic period, restored in 2K from their original negatives for the first time, alongside Arrow’s always packed full of awesome extras? Oh man!
You also get original Italian and English front and end titles on The Blancheville Monster, The Third Eye and The Witch, new video introductions to each film by Italian film devotee Mark Thompson Ashworth, image galleries, a limited edition 80-page book featuring new writing by Roberto Curti, Rob Talbot, Jerome Reuter, Rod Barnett and Kimberly Lindbergs, a fold-out double-sided poster and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch.
Each movie contains so many extras, such as:
Lady Morgan’s Vengeance: New commentary by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, a new video essay by author and producer Kat Ellinger, a new interview with actress Erika Blanc, newly edited interviews with Paul Muller and Massimo Pupillo, a trailer and the complete original cineromanzo, published in Suspense in April 1971.
The Blancheville Monster: New commentary by filmmaker and film historian Paul Anthony Nelson, a new video essay by writer and pop culture historian Keith Allison, a new video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori, opening credits for the US release of the film and a trailer.
The Third Eye: New commentary by author and critic Rachael Nisbet, a new video essay by author and filmmaker Lindsay Hallam and a newly edited video interview with actress Erika Blanc.
The Witch: New commentary by author and producer Kat Ellinger, a new video essay by author and academic Miranda Corcoran and a new video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori.
You can get this set from MVD.