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Beyond the Darkness - Movie Poster

Beyond the Darkness (1979) – A Big Win for Revolting Joe

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Recently, Malevolent Dark reviewed the Joe D’Amato’s supposed gore fest, Anthropophagus (1980). To be honest, that film left much to be desired. The ...
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Anthropophagus (1980) – Bloody Guts for Dinner

Overall: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Part of the joy of horror movies, specifically writing about horror movies, involves the opportunity to entertain everything from the terrifying to the ...
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Halloween Kills (2021) – Kills My Love For Halloween

Overall: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Here we are again. Reaffirming what Malevolent Dark has been saying for years. The Halloween franchise has a depth problem. it really does, ...
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The Oregonian (2011) – Terrifying Psychedelia

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Surreal landscapes and quirky characters often epitomize the world of independent horror films. The commonality comes at no surprise considering the unifying thread ...
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The Amusement Park (1973) – A Hidden Romero Gem

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s not often that the world bestows upon us a fantastic film by one of our favorite directors that has heretofore been buried ...
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Driller Killer (1979) – Unusual NYC Psycho Killer Trash

Overall: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Driller Killer (1979) has been in the Malevolent Dark archives for years. Over the course of decades, I probably walked by it 100 ...
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The Beyond (1981) – Another Gate to Fulci’s Hell

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

A simple scan of the Internet quickly reveals that Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond ranks among his most appreciated films. The Beyond serves as the second ...
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Creepshow (1982) – An Awesome and Underappreciated Romero Classic

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

In 1982, the genius of George Romero finally earned the recognition of Hollywood. Coming off of the lackluster 1981 feature Knightriders, George Romero ...
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Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972) – Gritty Lucio Fulci

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Italian horror master Lucio Fulci directed Don’t Torture a Duckling in 1972. While not his first giallo film, it does mark the first time that ...
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Deep Red (1975) – Pure Giallo Brilliance

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Deep Red (1975), otherwise known as Profondo Rosso, provides another strong entry into the impressive catalog of Dario Argento. Released during the “giallo craze” in ...
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Tenebrae (1982) – Essential Giallo

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Featured in Malevolent Dark’s “The Definitive Best – Top 10 Horror Movies of 1982“, Dario Argento’s Tenebrae possibly represents the pinnacle of his faceless ...
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Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) – Indulgent Drug Fueled Fulci

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Long before the legendary Lucio Fulci released his masterworks, Zombie (1979) and the ‘Gates of Hell Trilogy’, Fulci developed a prolific resume of films, including ...
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The New York Ripper (1982) – Lucio Fulci, NY Trash

Overall: 2 out of 5 stars

Malevolent Dark devotes a ton of time writting about the exploits of Italian horror films. Of these films, some of our favorites are ...
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Black Mountain Side (2015) – Clever Canadian Independent Horror

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

While the readership of Malevolent Dark continues to grow, to date only a few people in the circle actually make recommendations for content ...
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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) – Savage Found Footage

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) is a found footage film directed by John Erick Dowdle. This films tells the story of Edward Carver, a ...
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The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) – An Outstanding Giallo

Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair point. Classifying The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) as a horror movie is a stretch. It’s really more of a thriller in ...
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Psycho 2 (1983) – The Gripping Return of Norman Bates

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Psycho 2, directed by Richard Franklin, required extreme courage to make. The original Alfred Hitchcock classic came out 23 years prior. Many fans ...
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Phenomena (1985) – Weird Italian Creepy Crawlies

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Dario Argento, famous for his contributions to Italian horror cinema and the giallo sub-genre, directed Phenomena (1985). Phenomena was released in a shortened version ...
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Halloween 2 1981 – Happy Samhain

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Halloween 2 1981 is of course the follow-up to the psycho-slasher masterpiece Halloween 1978 by John Carpenter. Many consider this notable for many ...
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) – Brilliant Argento, Classic Giallo

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

As of late, Malevolent Dark has been descending into a deep dark hole of Italian thrillers called giallo, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage ...
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