Italian Horror comes to GOMA


We’re delighted to announce that the Australian Cinémathèque and Brisbane Festival present a month of Italian Horror with our new program ‘Gothic, Giallo, Gore: Masters of Italian Horror’, which will screen between 8 September – 1 October 2017 at GOMA.

This program will celebrate the works of the three most prominent figures in the world of Italian horror cinema: Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Dario Argento and will survey their key works, exploring the development of the giallo genre: from Bava’s deeply influential gothic works, Argento’s mastery of the lurid thriller, and the gory descendants found in Fulci’s oeuvre.

Production still from Blood and Black Lace 1964 / Director: Mario Bava / Image courtesy: Compass Film

The majority of the films will be shown on rare 35mm prints, drawn from national and private archives from around the world. The program also includes new digital restorations, including the vibrant 4k restoration of Suspiria 1977, the Cineteca Nazionale in Rome’s restoration of the director’s cut of Deep Red 1975, and an extremely rare screening of Lucio Fulci’s A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin 1971.

Production still from A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin 1971 / Director: Lucio Fulci / Image courtesy: First Line Films

Many of these films have not been screened theatrically in Australia for decades – if ever – and many are unlikely to make an appearance again for years. Fans of horror cinema can expect a wildly gruesome and exhilarating month of titles, with cult favourites and lesser known treats all making an appearance.

Production still from Suspiria 1977 / Director: Dario Argento / Image courtesy: Umbrella Entertainment

Gothic, Giallo, Gore: Masters of Italian Horror’ is a ticketed cinema program not to be missed on the big screen. The only thing more terrifying than the last three days of this program are the first twenty-one.

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Robert Hughes is Curatorial Assistant, Australian Cinémathèque
Feature image: Production still from Tenebre (detail) 1982 / Director: Dario Argento / Image courtesy: Intramovies