The bird with the crystal feathers is a 1970 film, the first directed by Dario Argento, who also wrote the subject and script freely inspired by the novel. The statue that screams (The Screaming Mimi) by Fredric Brown. The film is the first episode of the Animal Trilogy directed by the director. Bernardo Bertolucci he was commissioned to have a film based on the novel made The statue that screams (The Screaming Mimi) by Fredric Brown: he knew many promising young people, and in the end he entrusted the adaptation of the novel for the big screen to the then almost unknown Dario Argento, former film critic and screenwriter with whom he had collaborated on the screenplay of Once Upon a Time in the West. Argento worked hard in the writing phase, and the story he conceived began to fascinate him to the point that he gradually decided to modify it, modeling it according to his fantasies and his dreamlike and disturbing inspirations. With Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Mario Adorf.
In Rome, a young American writer, Sam Dalmas, witnesses the stabbing of a woman. Knowing that perhaps he is a serial killer who already has three murders behind him, Sam begins personal investigations. The killer targets him: in extremis the police save Giulia, Sam’s girlfriend; then when the writer-detective seems to have solved the case, there is a breathtaking final surprise.
The nine-tailed cat is a 1971 film directed by Dario Argento. It is the second chapter of the Animal Trilogy which at the beginning of the seventies helped to consolidate the director’s fame, establishing him as one of the greatest thriller authors in Italy. It is the second film in which Argento has full autonomy regarding the subject, the script and the direction. The film was shot in Turin, Rome and Pomezia. It was released in theaters on February 12 and at the time collected 2 billion and 400 million lire. It was mainly thanks to the Americans that The Cat with Nine Tails could be made: the first film by Dario Argento, in fact, had been more successful in the United States than in Italy. So, National General executives contacted Titanus, claiming that The bird with the crystal feathers they liked it a lot and it was making big money. As a result, the Americans asked Argento for a new film, for which the National General would participate as a co-producer. Titanus was asked to include in the cast of the most famous actors in the United States than in Italy: in particular, James Franciscus was reported to Argento because he came from the success of The other side of the planet of the apes. With James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Rada Rassimov, Pier Paolo Capponi, Horst Frank, Aldo Reggiani, Carlo Alighiero.
Carlo Giordani, a journalist, finds himself on the trail of the murder of a scientist who has discovered the genetic code of the inclination to delinquency. Giordani is helped by Franco Arnò, a blind man with a passion for puzzles. The two manage to contact the dead man’s girlfriend, but she too, shortly after, ends badly. The matter is becoming more and more risky and tangled.
Darkness is a 1982 film directed by Dario Argento. The film represents Argento’s return to the thriller genre that made him famous, after the first two episodes of the Three Mothers Trilogy, characterized by supernatural horror. Silver revealed that the genesis of Darkness was affected by an unfortunate incident that happened to him in 1980 when he was harassed by an obsessive fan. According to Argento, the admirer persecuted him by calling him continuously, day after day, until he confessed that he wanted to kill him. Although the threat proved unfounded, Silver found the experience that had happened to him terrifying and wrote Darkness as a result of his fears. Argento in the direction is assisted by Lamberto Bava And Michele Soavi, future directors of terror films and also present in the film in short cameos (Bava in the role of a repair man and Soavi in the double role of boyfriend of Lara Wendel and suitor of Eva Robin’s in a flashback). Despite the Italian production, almost all the actors in the film performed in English to increase the chances of international success. Only later was the film dubbed in Italian for the national market. With Anthony Franciosa, Daria Nicolodi, Giuliano Gemma, John Saxon, Mirella D’Angelo, Veronica Lario, Ania Pieroni, Carola Stagnaro, Eva Robin’s, John Steiner, Lara Wendel.
Peter Neal is a successful writer in the thriller genre. In Rome to present his latest novel, Tenebrae, he finds himself involved in the exploits of a serial killer who is inspired by his book. The murderer kills some women guilty – according to his distorted way of thinking – of infamous aberrations. Neal sets out to investigate on his own.
Phenomena is a 1984 Italian horror film written by Dario Argento and Franco Ferrini, and directed by Argento. In the United States of America it was released in an abridged version of 20 minutes with the title Creepers. On more than one occasion, Argento has declared that of all the films he has made this is his favorite. Filming took place between August and October 1984. Three shooting locations: Elios Studios (Rome), Schwägalp (Switzerland), Thurfälle in Unterwasser (Switzerland), Zurich. Argento’s eldest daughter, Fiore, plays the first victim. The make-up artist Sergio Ankle boots he oversaw the mask and make-up of Frau Brückner’s son. 40 million specially bred insects were used for the film. For the sequence of the assault on the college, Stivaletti used a sort of aquarium in which ground coffee was poured, which in falling slowly, and with the background of the building, effectively simulates the appearance of the swarm, a special effect suggested by director Luigi Cozzi. With Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Patrick Bauchau, Fiore Argento, Federica Mastroianni.
An American teenager named Jennifer is entrusted to a Swiss boarding school and some misadventures related to her sleepwalking but also to a mysterious murderer of missing girls near the boarding school begin. She is helped by an elderly entomologist who gives her the “sarcophagus fly” in a cage that should help her find her murderer.